Legal Assistant Studies Course Descriptions
LEAS 1100- Introduction to Paralegalism (3 credit hours)An introduction to the field of paralegalism. The course will include the role of the paralegal in the legal system, the regulation and ethics of practice and the skills necessary for successful practice.
LEAS 3200 - Legal Research I (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. A study of legal research methods utilizing state and federal sources. Students will develop professional skills as they read and analyze appellate court opinions, legislation and pleadings.
LEAS 3201 - Legal Research II (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100 and LEAS 3200. A continuation of Legal Research I. This course will emphasize computer assisted legal research skills as well as the preparation of legal documents.
LEAS 3210 - Pre-Trial Preparation and Procedures (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of pre-trial procedures and tactics in civil and criminal cases. The course will include methods of investigation, interviewing clients, preparation of clients and witnesses for testifying, competency of evidence, preparation of interrogatories, other discovery methods, and pleadings.
LEAS 3220 - Business Entities (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of corporate, partnership and agency law. This course will examine the applicable law as well as the formation and dissolution of various types of business entities.
LEAS 3230 - Criminal Law for the Paralegal (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of procedural and substantive criminal law. The application, interpretation, and enforcement of criminal law will be addressed. The role of the paralegal in the criminal justice system will be emphasized.
LEAS 3240 -Civil and Criminal Procedure (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of the methods used to litigate civil and criminal cases in both state and federal court. The preparation of documents necessary to move cases through the courts will be emphasized, as well as the role of the paralegal in litigation.
LEAS 4200 - Family Law (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of applicable law surrounding family relationships. The issues of adoption, marriage, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, and property division, will be addressed.
LEAS 4210 - Consumer Law (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of the laws that govern consumer practices. The law surrounding commercial paper, contracts, sales, and secured transactions will be emphasized.
LEAS 4220 - Administrative Law (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of laws governing administrative agencies of government. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the paralegal in dealing with various administrative agencies.
LEAS 4230 - The Law of Real Property Transactions (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: LEAS 1100. The study of laws that control real property transactions. Topics covered include the conveyancing of real property, title search methods and landlord-tenant issues.
LEAS 4250 - Trial Advocacy (3 credit hours)Also offered as POLS 4250. An examination of all aspects of presenting a case in trial. Students develop effective methods for analyzing and preparing cases for presentation in trial. Students will learn and use basic technical skills necessary as members of the University's Mock Trial team at tournaments sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association
LEAS 4700- Directed Study in Legal Assistant Studies (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: Legal Assistant Studies major and LEAS 1100. Directed reading and research in selected areas of legal assistant studies. Topics examined will include those not normally found in established legal assistant studies courses. Regular conferences between instructor and student will be required. Permission of the advisor, instructor and department head must be obtained prior to registration.
LEAS 4900 - Internship in Legal Assistant Studies (3 credit hours)Prerequisite: Legal Assistant Studies major, LEAS 1100 and LEAS 3200. Supervised, practical experience in an appropriate legal setting. Permission of the advisor, instructor and department head must be obtained prior to registration.