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Paralegal Assistant

Paralegal Assistant Courses

1104
PLA

Legal Writing and Research I

Prerequisite: ENC1101. Introduction to legal research, including citation form, reading and finding case law, reading and finding statutes, legislative history, reading and finding constitutional law, finding administrative law, finding court rules, finding local rules, loose-leaf services, secondary references, computer research, and ethical considerations.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

1203
PLA

Civil Practice and Procedure I

The study of judicial systems and corresponding rules of civil procedure, including basic procedures involved in the preparation, litigation, and appeal of cases; preparation for and the taking of depositions; preparing complaints, answers, and interrogatories; and summarizing case details for trial.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

1423
PLA

Contract Law

This course focuses on contracts, specifically the substantive and remedial aspects of business agreements, including offer, acceptance, consideration, third-party beneficiaries, assignments, Statute of Frauds, legality, performance, debtor and creditor relations, sales and secured transactions.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2114
PLA

Legal Writing and Research II

Prerequisite: PLA1104. Study of format and purpose of legal memorandum; study of form for legal citation and law office correspondence; preparation of legal instruments and documents; drafting intra-office memorandums; and ethical considerations.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2190
PLA

Legal Reasoning

This course focuses on judgment and analytical thinking, including legal analysis, deductions, and categorization of facts and evidence; legal ethics and professional responsibility; and effective communications, including interviews and investigation of legal issues.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2223
PLA

Civil Practice and Procedure II

Prerequisite: PLA1203. In depth study of Florida rules of civil procedure. Florida Appellate rules, and Florida rules of summary procedure with emphasis on application to assist lawyers in commencement of lawsuit, discovery, settlement, trial, appeal, and collection of judgments.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2308
PLA

Criminal Procedure

Study of development of criminal procedures and Constitutional safeguards, including rights to counsel, bail, search and seizure, arrest, identification, trial, and post-trial proceedings.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2433
PLA

Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency Law

This course examines the nature, formation, financial structure, management structure, and dissolution of corporations; the formation, operation, and dissolution of partnerships and limited liability companies; and the relationship of principal and agent with third parties.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2600
PLA

Wills, Trusts, and Probate

The study of probate practices and procedures and the legal aspects of drafting wills, preparing guardianships and trusts, and administering estates.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2610
PLA

Real Property Law I

Study of laws relating to common types of real estate transactions, including conveyances, deeds, contracts, and leases, with emphasis on the construction of each document.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2800
PLA

Family Law

The law of family relations, including the study of divorce, separation, custody, adoption, and court procedures applicable to each.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2949
PLA

COOP/Work Experience/Legal Assisting

1-3 crs. Cooperative Education courses may be taken toward completion of most of the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs. A maximum of six credit hours may be used in meeting the A.A. degree requirements. Prerequisite: Minimum of 2.0 GPA, meet with the co-op coordinator, and availability of co-op work experience slot. Supervised, practical work experience that seeks to combine theories and apply practical skills to projects in the student's major field of study. Requirements include online weekly, mid-term, and end-of-term reflection assignments.

Credit hours: 1
Other hours: 1

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