PL-1001 Introduction to Paralegal Profession

3 Credits

Introduction to the practical aspects of working within the paralegal field. Instruction includes the legal status of paralegals, ethical constraints placed upon those in the legal profession, sources of American law, an overview of the U.S. legal system, legal settings, and paralegal skills, including organizational skills and attention to detail, with particular emphasis on legal writing. Students are encouraged to begin professional development, including membership in paralegal organizations.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): None.

PL-1010 Introduction to Legal Writing

2 Credits

Introduces paralegal students to a systematic approach to legal writing, including grammar and word usage. Categories of legal writing will include client letters, private documents, and pleadings.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): None.

PL-1300 Civil Procedures

3 Credits

Examine Rules of Courts which govern civil lawsuits, with emphasis on the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. Analyze and apply rules pertaining to commencement of action, service, motion practice, discovery issues (including Federal Rules pertaining to e-Discovery), and appellate practice. Students begin portfolio of legal documents developed throughout program of study. Survey alternatives to litigation such as arbitration, negotiation, and mediation.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I; and PL-1001 Introduction to Paralegal Profession or concurrent enrollment.

PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing

3 Credits

Introduction to skills essential to effective identification, analysis and research of legal issues. Students learn to formulate research plans that require efficient use of basic research tools to locate primary and secondary authority. Practice in accessing sources, in print and online, commonly used by state court system and drafting projects, such as in-house legal memorandum and opinion letter, consistent with professional standards of style and citation. Emphasis on validating research and quickly accessing statutory and case law.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I; and PL-1001 Introduction to Paralegal Profession or concurrent enrollment.

PL-1460 Worker's Compensation Law

3 Credits

[Cross-listed with BADM-1460. Credit can only be once for either course.] Study of Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and Industrial Commission of Ohio, with emphasis on claims and procedures involving injured workers and benefits available. Preparation of injured worker forms and employer forms. Practice in calculating compensation for injuries, determining and preparing employer defenses, and determining and creating both injured worker and employer appeals.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): None.

PL-1502 Law Office Technology

3 Credits

Designed for student already conversant with basic functions of word processing, presentation software, database management, and spreadsheet design. Student will perform advanced word processing, spreadsheet and presentation operations to create and manage legal documents and files. Focus on use of computers related to paralegal functions in timekeeping, docket control, litigation support, and case management. Activities constructed to replicate law office experiences and tasks, including E-Discovery fact-finding simulations.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): IT-1010 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications, or departmental approval: equivalent experience or skills.

PL-1600 Alternative Dispute Resolution

2 Credits

Description and overview of variety of dispute resolution mechanisms including litigation, voluntary arbitration, court-annexed or mandatory arbitration, negotiation and mediation, in order to demonstrate their interrelationships and use in the American legal system. Paralegal involvement discussed in context of each of these techniques.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): None.

PL-1700 Employment Law

3 Credits

Emphasizes both statutory and common laws, which govern the employment relationship. Specific attention is given to the laws that create, as well as terminate the employment relationship, documentation of employment practices, and litigation of employment-related claims, including discrimination and wrongful termination. Research involving the laws governing the rights of the employer and the employee regarding privacy in the work place. Emphasis on client interviewing as a role of the paralegal in the employment litigation process.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I.

PL-1710 Immigration Law and Procedures

3 Credits

Introduces students to immigration law as an integral part of the administrative process affecting a multitude of socio-economic and geo-political desciplines in the United States and abroad. Reviews substantive immigration law and procedures as it relates to non-immigrants and immigrants.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1000 Introduction to Paralegal Profession.

PL-1720 Elder Law & Estate Planning

3 Credits

Introduction to the paralegal concepts and documents used in pre-death estate planning and issues in regards to the elderly. Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, the unified gift/estate tax, gifting options, Social Security, and the methods and advantages/disadvantages of avoiding probate. Covers the documentation regarding guardianship, living wills, and healthcare powers of attorney, along with medical and care optons of the elderly, including Medicare options and Medicaid.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1000 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession, or concurrent enrollment, and ENG-1010 College Composition I, or concurrent enrollment; or departmental approval: permission from program manager.

PL-1730 Criminal Law for Paralegals

3 Credits

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System and the role of the paralegal in that system. Criminal law and procedure will be explored along with legal documents relevant to criminal law practice.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1000 Introduction to Paralegal Profession, or concurrent enrollment ; and, ENG-1010 College Composition I, or concurrent enrollment ; or departmental approval: permission from program manager.

PL-1815 Special Topics: Administrative Law for Paralegals

3 Credits

This course provides a basic survey in state and federal administrative law. Students will study the jurisdiction, powers, and responsibilities of selected administrative agencies and explore the role of the paralegal in the preparation of agency reviews and administrative hearings.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1000 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession and ENG-1010 College Composition.

PL-1820 Independent Study/Research in Paralegal Studies

1-3 Credits

Directed individual study. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

PL-2000 Law Office Administration

2 Credits

Fundamentals of law office management and organization. Includes basic principles and structure of management, employment opportunities for paralegal, accounting systems, marketing issues, administrative and substantive systems in law office, and law practice technology.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, or admission to program.

PL-2030 Legal Nurse Consulting

2 Credits

Study of functions of Legal Nurse Consultant and exploration of career opportunities available. Focus on applicable principles of medical and legal ethics and how to apply them to professional situations.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

PL-2301 Torts and Evidence

4 Credits

Fundamental principles of tort law (personal injury, malpractice, intentional tort, and products liability) to explore paralegal responsibilities in trial setting. Collect and prepare evidence according to Ohio and Federal rules of evidence.

Lecture: 4 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2330 Advanced Medicolegal Research

3 Credits

Lexis, med-line, and internet research. Emphasis on legal and medical resources using legal and medical databases on-line, including the internet. Focuses on medical research used in determining appropriate standards of care and medical research tools.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-2030 Legal Nurse Consulting, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2400 Computer Assisted Legal Research

3 Credits

Advancement of skills learned in Basic Legal Research & Writing with advanced research assignments using Internet and computer resources for research of state and federal cases, codes, administrative regulations, factual information and secondary authorities. Assess legal problems, locate authority and law-related resources on the Internet. Utilize legal specialty Internet resources as well as LEXIS® and/or Westlaw®. Prepare an appellate brief, using Ohio Citation format.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2410 Intellectual Property

3 Credits

Overview of intellectual property, including review of basics of personal property law, contract law and how and why each relates to ownership and transfer of intellectual property. Examination of trade secrets, patents, trademarks and service marks, and copyrights. Discussion of what is protected, duration of protection, fair use doctrine, and theft of service statutes.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2420 Probate Law

3 Credits

Study common forms of estate administration with focus on study of Ohio Probate Code relating to post-mortem estate administration. Define procedure for estate administration including discovery and determination of assets, appointment of fiduciary, taxation and transfer of property from decedent to beneficiaries. Define modes of property ownership.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2430 Medical Record Review and Analysis

4 Credits

Study of production and preparation of medical record summaries. Focus on performance of investigative functions and witness preparation. Includes identifying standards of care, accessing, interpreting, and summarizing medical records, and interviewing clients, medical witnesses and experts. Lab component offers variety of computer and professional experience. Continued development of professional portfolio.

Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-2301 Torts and Evidence, and PL-2330 Advanced Medicolegal Research or concurrent enrollment.

PL-2440 Business Transactions

3 Credits

Introduction to laws that structure various business relationships such as agency, contracts, bailments, sales, secured transactions and commercial paper. Utilization of appropriate forms to structure such relationships.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2460 Business Organizations

3 Credits

Introduction to various business entities including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and licensed professional associations. Drafting of partnership agreements and incorporation documents. Introduction to tax consideration and Securities and Exchange Commission ramifications.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Research and Writing.

PL-2510 Juvenile Law

2 Credits

Designed to train students to effectively assist the juvenile law practictioner. Topics covered include abuse-neglect-dependency; juvenile delinquency; custody, support, and visitation issues; and paternity. The student will learn the basics of Ohio juvenile law, and how to analyze juvenile issues. Students will survey and discuss current and ongoing juvenile law-related issues of importance and concern.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure.

PL-2520 Debtor/Creditor Law

3 Credits

Study of basic legal principles governing rights and duties of debtors and creditors. Introduction to Law of Bankruptcy, specifically Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of United States Bankruptcy Code and applicable Ohio law. Preparation of bankruptcy petitions, related schedules and documents needed for initial filing of petitions. Debt counseling protection, compromise and collection techniques including garnishment, foreclosure and attachment of personal property explored.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-1400 Basic Legal Resarch and Writing.

PL-2530 Marketing and Management for the Legal Nurse

1 Credit

Development of skills necessary to be independent consultant. Focus on marketing techniques, client development, case management, billing, promotional tools, and tax implications for legal nurse consultant.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, PL-2430 Medical Record Review and Analysis or concurrent enrollment.

PL-2540 Family Law

3 Credits

Basic principles and trends in Family Law including marriage, annulment, dissolution, divorce, child support, child custody, visitation, paternity, surrogacy and adoption. Emphasis on ethical issues, drafting of appropriate documents, preparing discovery, court proceedings, computer-assisted calculation, and conducting interviews to obtain sensitive client information.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure.

PL-2560 Advanced Litigation

3 Credits

Preparation of case for litigation using creation of trial notebook and mock trial. Students gather, draft, organize and summarize trial documents and prepare for courtroom demonstration of litigation process.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PL-1300 Civil Procedure, and PL-2301 Torts and Evidence or concurrent enrollment.

PL-279H Sophomore Honors Contract

1 Credit

Sophomore Honors Contract in Paralegal Studies complements and exceeds requirements and expected outcomes for an existing Paralegal Studies 2000-level course through formulation of a contract with a faculty mentor. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, student will formulate a contract that upon completion will result in distinctive scholarship appropriate to honors 2000-level. In order to complete the contract, student is required to meet on a regularly scheduled basis with instructor offering the contract for mentor-student tutorial sessions. A maximum of six Honors Contracts (six credits) may be taken at the College (includes 179H and 279H).

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): Must be taken concurrently with a 2000-level course in Paralegal Studies, whose instructor agrees to mentor the student in the sophomore honors contract. Departmental approval required.

PL-2820 Advanced Independent Study/Research in Paralegal Studies

1-3 Credits

Directed individual advanced study. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

PL-282H Advanced Honors Independent Study/Research in Paralegal Studies

1-3 Credits

Advanced Honors-level directed individual study. Must meet criteria set forth in the Honors Course Checklist used to approve regular honors courses. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test, and must have earned an A or B in at least 3 honors courses.

PL-2851 Paralegal Practicum

1 Credit

Provides supervised work experience in law firm or other legal setting. Student obtains actual work experience by performing paralegal duties under direct supervision of attorney and/or paralegal.

Other Required Hours: Practicum: 10 hours per week.

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in PL-2990 Paralegal Capstone, and departmental approval: completion of all required courses and completion of all program requirements.

PL-2991 Paralegal Capstone

1 Credit

Capstone course in Paralegal Studies. This course is designed to ready the student for entry into the legal community through intensive study of the paralegal profession and additional development of the student’s organizational, communication and critical analysis skills using modalities such as portfolio preparation, mock interviews and advanced research and writing assignments.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval: completion or in process of completion, or all required courses and completion of all program requirements.