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COURSES OFFERED

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LAW 4

Legal Environment of Business

4 units

LAW 5

Contracts, Sales and Commercial Paper

3 units

LAW 6 

Agency, Corporations and Partnerships

3 units

LAW 11

Introduction to Legal Research

3 units

LAW 12

Probate Procedures

3 units

LAW 13

Family Law

3 units

LAW 14

Tort Law

3 units

LAW 15

Civil and Criminal Evidence

3 units

LAW 16

Civil Procedure

3 units

LAW 17

Legal Research and Writing

3 units

LAW 18

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

3 units

LAW 19

Law and Computers

2 units

LAW 20

Paralegal Seminar

3 units

LAW 95abcd

Cooperative Work Experience Education

2-4 units

PARA 1

Introduction to Paralegal Studies 

2 units

RE 12A

Legal Aspects of Real Estate

3 units



 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

LAW 4  Legal Environment of Business

4 units; 4 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*; UC

This course is an introduction to a legal environment in which a business firm operates. Topics include an introduction to the American legal systems, contracts, torts, product liability, forms of business organization, trade regulation, labor law, environmental law, and international business law.

*Note: There may be CSU course limitations for students completing Law 4 and Law 5. Check with the transfer school for transfer status of this course.

LAW 5  Contracts, Sales and Commercial Paper

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*

This course examines court systems, statutory laws, legal and equitable remedies, contract agreements as foundations for other commercial laws, law of sales and purchases of goods, commercial paper including promissory notes, drafts, checks and certificates of deposits.

*Note: There may be CSU course limitations for students completing Law 5 and Law 4. Check with the transfer school for transfer status of this course.

LAW 6  Agency, Corporations and Partnerships

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite:Law 5 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course explores business organizations and employer/employee relationships and liabilities; agency, corporations, partnerships, Limited Liability Company (LLC), and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP). Business torts and government regulations of business are covered. 

LAW 11  Introduction to Legal Research

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course will give the paralegal a general introduction into the basic legal research tools, including legal citation, legal analysis, and writing of legal memorandum and legal documents. The class includes a component of training in online computer research.

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LAW 12  Probate Procedures

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an overview of the procedural structure of basic practice. The course is designed to cover every aspect of probate procedures. All necessary forms and procedures will be examined and explained from the client interview to the closing of the estate. This course will cover all aspects of practice concerning conservatorship, guardianships of incompetents and guardianships of minors.

LAW 13  Family Law

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

The course focuses on the legally recognized relationships of men and women. Emphasis will be placed on the dissolution of a marriage including the legal theories behind the dissolution and the public policy supporting those theories. The course includes requirements of a valid marriage, a Judgment of Nullity, legal separation, dissolution of marriage proceedings, and Order to Show Cause and preparation of proper forms. This course also covers the concepts of separate and community property and division upon dissolution. Other aspects of family law including children’s rights, adoption and guardianships are discussed.

LAW 14  Tort Law

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course includes the study of intentional wrongs, inadvertent wrongs, and that type of conduct for which the law imposes absolute liability. Special emphasis is given to concepts of causation, standard of care, reasonable person, duty, and defenses to liability. Also covered are wrongs which produce intangible harm such as defamation, invasion of privacy, misrepresentation, and misuse of legal process.

LAW 15  Civil and Criminal Evidence

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines the rules of civil and criminal evidence. It emphasizes how to develop and utilize evidence and how to summarize documents and other evidence in an ordered and systematic matter so that the evidence will be readily available for use by the attorney in preparation for and use in trial.

Note: This course is offered fall semester only.

LAW 16  Civil Procedure

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines civil court procedure before trial and is designed to provide expertise in drafting legal documents from inception of the civil action through the pleading stage.  Topics include parties to the action, jurisdiction and venue, the summons, defaults, pleadings, and attacking the pleadings.  Students are also introduced to the law of evidence. 

LAW 17  Legal Research and Writing

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an introduction to the practical writing skills and necessary analytical skills required in the law office. Topics include analysis of cases, analysis of statutes and administrative regulations, drafting and generating objective documents used in legal environment, and generating and drafting persuasive documents submitted by attorneys to the trial and appellate courts.

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LAW 18  Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent experience
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines basic concepts and proper use of wills and trusts in estate planning. Topics include the taxes through estate planning, probate, methods of holding title to property, tax effects of gifts, gifts to minors, laws of intestacy, state and federal tax requirements during life and upon death, guardianship, and conservatorship.

LAW 19  Law and Computers

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab Prerequisite: Law 11 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is an introduction to the use of computers in the law office and the utilization of legal specific software for forms and document preparation. Emphasis is placed on how to automate document production and litigation support systems. Introduction to legal and general electronic information databases are covered. Current legal research software, such as Westlaw and Lexis, sources on the Internet, and time and billing software are also included in the course.

LAW 20  Paralegal Seminar

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Law 17 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines ethics, advanced paralegal communication skills, law office management, problem solving, and analysis skills. It also includes a component on employment, networking and job search.

Note: This course is designed to be taken at the end of the paralegal student’s course of study.

LAW 95abcd  Cooperative Work Experience Education

2-4 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation:
Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student's major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Law field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare these to personal abilities and career expectations.

Note: The total units earned for CWEE may not exceed 16 units.

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PARA 1  Introduction to Paralegal Studies

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course the student will concentrate on the background and requirements of the paralegal. Included will be the expanded use of paralegals, basic qualifications, training, nature of the work, and career considerations. Topics include the American Legal System, methods of finding and interpreting the law, basic legal concepts and legal terminology, and legal procedures of litigation, mediation, and other non-judicial settlements. Organization and management of the law office are included with an emphasis on ethics for the lawyer and the paralegal. Resumes, interviewing skills, and demeanor in the law office are also discussed.

RE 12A  Legal Aspects of Real Estate

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction on buying, selling, and management of real property. Students study California property law, community property, liens, sales contracts, escrow, commissions, transfers, licensing regulations, and public policy.

Note: The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) has approved this course as one of the elective courses for the salesperson license, in addition to the required courses of Real Estate Principles and Real Estate Practice. The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) has approved this course as one of the required courses for the real estate broker license.

 

 

 Last Published 7/10/14