School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Paralegal Studies (Online Program): Associate of Applied Science Degree
Indianapolis, IN Campus

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Course Descriptions

BU222 Business Law and Regulation | 4 credit hours

This course offers a basic foundation in business law and regulation in a variety of areas, including bankruptcy, employment, consumer and contract law. Instruction on ethics, social responsibility and technology is integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: GE217 Composition II or equivalent

CJ123 Criminal Law | 4 credit hours

This course introduces the student to criminal law, which involves the imposition of penalties for engaging in criminal conduct. The course also explores the distinction between criminal law, which typically is enforced by the government, and civil law, which may be enforced by private parties. Prerequisites: GE175 American Government or equivalent, GE217 Composition II or equivalent, An introductory level Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies course

CJ333 Constitutional Law | 4 credit hours

This course provides a survey of major constitutional thought and a review of primary constitutional issues. Prerequisite: CJ123 Criminal Law or equivalent

GE117 Composition I | A 4 credit hour Composition course

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE127 College Mathematics I | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184 Problem Solving or TB184 Problem Solving or GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE150 Survey of the Sciences | A 4 credit hour Science course

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the physical sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology and earth science to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science.

GE175 American Government | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course covers principles and theory related to the United States government, including the development and foundations of the Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

GE217 Composition II | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

GE375 Psychology | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces psychological theories from behavioristic, humanistic and biological viewpoints. Primary focus is on exploring how selected principles of psychology apply to students'' personal lives and social behavior. Students apply the skills of critical thinking, observation, and information gathering and analysis as they practice social science and scientific methodology. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

PL101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies | 4 credit hours

This course introduces students to the American legal system, the role of courts, lawyers and the roles and responsibilities of the paralegal/legal assistant. This course reviews legal terms and office procedures and practice.

PL102 Ethics for Paralegals | 4 credit hours

This course provides a foundation of legal and ethics necessary for the paralegal/legal assistant to properly deal with the public, clients, and professionals in any type of legal setting. It reviews ethical considerations and responsibilities regulating the paralegal/legal assistant. Prerequisite: PL101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies

PL103 Technology in the Law Office | 4 credit hours

This course introduces students to computer technology and applications commonly used in law offices. Students will receive hands-on instruction with emphasis on software common to paralegal/legal assistant. Prerequisites: PL101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies, TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

PL104 Wills Trusts and Estates | 4 credit hours

This course will introduce students to the preparation and handling of wills, trusts, and estates. It will cover the responsibilities and duties in the field of estate administration that can be performed by a paralegal, emphasizing the drafting of estate planning documents, such as wills and trusts. Probate proceedings are also covered, including the preparation of probate court pleadings, collection and valuation of assets, review of claims, distribution of assets among beneficiaries and accounting. Prerequisite: PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL105 Real Estate Law | 4 credit hours

This course covers the legal concepts and specialized terminology related to real property law, title examination, title insurance, and transfer of interests in real property. Students review title examination and title searches, as well as the procedures and documents used in real estate closings. Prerequisite: PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL106 Legal Research and Writing I | 4 credit hours

This course introduces how to use a law library and online resources to find statues, precedents, and other relevant legal authority and how to cite them. Basic principles of legal analysis are covered. Correct and effective written communication through letters, legal memoranda, briefs, and other documents is emphasized. Prerequisites: GE217 Composition II, PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL201 Family Law | 4 credit hours

Students study prenuptial agreements, marriage, adoption, annulment, dissolution of marriage and legal separation, alimony, property settlement, child custody and support, and paternity actions. This course will focus on practical aspects such as investigation, preparation of pleadings and other documents, court procedures, settlement agreements, and post decree modifications. Prerequisite: PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL202 Civil Litigation | 4 credit hours

This course introduces the structure and operation of civil courts as well as the paralegal''s role in gathering and organizing factual information with emphasis on the discovery process and document drafting. Prerequisite: PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL206 Legal Research and Writing II | 4 credit hours

This course continues to study legal research and writing and will emphasize the development and ability to capably analyze, interpret and communicate facts, ideas, and law through comprehension of legal research techniques. Prerequisite: PL106 Legal Research and Writing I

PL207 Contract Law | 4 credit hours

This course reviews the basic theory of contract law and how to draft simple contracts. This course covers the fundamentals of contract law, specifically contractual elements and standard contractual provisions, contract provisions in selected specialized practice areas, the Statute of Frauds, and the Uniform Commercial Code. Prerequisite: PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL208 Tort Law | 4 credit hours

This course introduces civil tort liability, negligence, strict liability, and product liability, focusing on the role of the paralegal in the role of the paralegal in personal injury litigation. Prerequisite: PL103 Technology in the Law Office

PL299 Paralegal Capstone | 4 credit hours

This course provides a culminating experience in the paralegal program. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competency and knowledge they have learned throughout the program. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including PL206 Legal Research and Writing II or equivalent

TB139A Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment | 4 credit hours

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society and including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

TB141 Introduction to Productivity Software | 4 credit hours

The course covers the fundamentals of productivity software. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and presentations as well as integration of productivity software.

TB150 Computing and Productivity Software | 4 credit hours

The course covers the fundamentals of computing and the use of computers in communications and networks. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer technology, Internet and the World Wide Web in enterprise computing and working environments. The course will also focus on using productivity software and hands-on applications to problem solving in business and other working environments.


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Wesley Berry
Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2011
Kansas City, MO

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