Provides an overview of the legal system and practices of the legal profession, including paralegals, in the United States while introducing legal concepts, terms, and theories.
Paralegal 104 - Contract Law
Examines contract law, including formation of contracts, statute of frauds, third-party rights and remedies, liability for breach of contract, and the Uniform Commercial Code.
Paralegal 105 - Tort Law
Introduces tort law including the study of negligence, strict liability, and intentional torts.
Paralegal 106 - Legal Analysis & Writing
Examines the processes of analysis and writing found within the legal profession, including preparation of legal memoranda.
Paralegal 107 - Legal Ethics
Examines legal ethics and rules of professional responsibility, including unauthorized practices of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and advice and solicitation, as they affect legal professionals.
Paralegal 108 - Legal Research and Computerized Legal Research
Covers legal research tools (hard copy and computer databases) and strategies, including primary authority (cases, statutes, regulations, and constitution) and secondary authority.
Paralegal 109 - Legal Technology
Presents the specific software applications and document preparation processes used in the legal profession. Familiarity with computer keyboarding and the Windows operating system is assumed.
Paralegal 111 - Civil Litigation I
Examines the basic functions and procedures found within a civil law office, including pre-suit considerations, jurisdiction, initial pleadings, challenges to and amending the pleadings, calendaring deadlines for pleadings and challenges to pleadings, and review of legal ethics.
Paralegal 112 - Civil Litigation II
Continues the examination of the basic functions and procedures found within a civil law office, including discovery tools, calendaring discovery and trial deadlines, preparation for motion for summary judgment, trial and appeal, and the review of legal ethics.
Paralegal 140 - Bankruptcy
Overview of the basic functions, procedures, and ethics involved when examining various forms of bankruptcy law. Introduces the techniques of intake, preparation, and filing of the necessary forms to resolve bankruptcy cases.
Paralegal 150 - Family Law
Introduces students to the fundamentals of family law.
Paralegal 160 Workers' Compensation in California
Explores the laws and procedures unique to the California Workers' Compensation system from the occurrence of a work-related injury or illness to the final resolution of the claim.
Paralegal 170 Law for Business Organizations
Provides an introduction to various business organizations including sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, and franchises.
Paralegal 180 - Estate Planning
Focuses on the preparation of wills and trusts, and explores life insurance, annuities, tax issues, and administration after death.
Paralegal 200 - Paralegal Seminar
Provides the capstone course for the Paralegal Program. Students will review rules of ethics, write resumes, create portfolios, practice interviewing techniques, and develop skills necessary for employment as a paralegal, while participating in a seminar setting.
NC.PLGL 001 - Test Preparation for Certified Paralegal Exam
Prepares students to take the Knowledge section of the Certified Paralegal Exam administered through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), The Paralegal Association. Covers the United States legal system, civil litigation, contracts, corporate and commercial law, criminal law and procedure, torts, property and estate law, and ethics. Develops a study plan and utilizes practice exam questions.
NC.PLGL 002 - Test Preparation for Certified Paralegal Exam
Prepares students to take the Skills section of the Certified Paralegal Exam administered through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), The Paralegal Association. Covers writing and critical thinking, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity of expression, reading and comprehension, analysis of information, and decision making. Sample exam questions will be based on a hypothetical case, and students will be expected to analyze relevant legal material as well as demonstrate strong writing skills.
General Education Requirements Unique to Paralegal Studies (2022-2023)
The ABA stresses that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.