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Paralegal
Program Code: 10-110-1

Associate Degree: 2 Years, 66 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


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Number Course Title Credits
 
Technical Studies (39 Credits)
10-102-103  
Business Law 1
Introduces legal principles and standard business law concepts and their implications for business. It emphasizes contracts, sales, commercial paper, bailment, agency and real property, with references to the Uniform Commercial Code and recent consumer legislation.

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10-110-101  
Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics
Provides students with an introduction to the legal profession, court system, legal ethics, legal terminology, research, law office management concepts and procedures, and the role of paralegals.

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10-101-107  
Accounting, Principles of
Introduces basic concepts and general principles of accounting to non-accounting students. Topics include financial statements, merchandising accounting for cash, inventory, payroll, budgeting and accounting software.

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10-110-104 *  
Legal Research
Focuses on the application of legal research techniques using traditional and computer-assisted resources and federal and state materials.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-150 *  
Legal Technology
Learn how to develop technology skills using various law office computer applications including case and client management, document management, electronic discovery and presentation technology.

Corequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-151 *  
Civil Litigation Procedures
Provides students with outlines of the stages of civil litigation including initial client contact, investigation, pleadings, and motions. Covers the civil litigation procedure during discovery, trial, and appeal.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-105 *  
Legal Writing
An advanced writing course that covers various internal and external legal documents.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101) and Legal Research (10-110-104) Corequisite: Written Communication (10-801-195)

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10-110-106 *  
Family Law
Familiarizes the student with basic legal concepts involved in the area of family relations. Primary emphasis is in the field of divorce. Additional topics include children in need of protection and services, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, and court procedures relating to family law.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-114 *  
Administration of Estates
An in-depth course dealing with wills, trusts, estates, and probate. Identifies techniques for fact gathering, income and death tax principles, use of trusts, probate, and administration of terms of wills.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-152 *  
Law Office Management
Provides paralegal students with the fundamentals of law office management and organization. Topics include the organization and utilization of support personnel, time and billing systems, budgets, case and file management, calendaring and docket control, accounting systems, marketing, legal computer applications, ethical obligations of the paralegal in a law office, and career opportunities for paralegals.

Corequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-107 *  
Legal Aspects/Business Organizations
Focus is on the formation, operations, and dissolution of types of business organizations, and substantive and procedural law involving business organizations.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-110  
Real Estate Law
Focus is on the law of real property, forms of ownership, land description methods, public and private encumbrances, real estate contracts, deeds, financing sources, title evidence, and the closing process.

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10-110-142 *  
Paralegal Internship
Perform duties of a paralegal; seek/obtain employment; apply skills in a workplace; perform legal research/writing; and understand law office systems/administration. Students must seek/obtain an internship position for a minimum of 140 hours in a legal environment under the supervision of an attorney or other qualified professional, completing an internship agreement/learning contract, maintaining a work log and obtain approval from the instructor.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-168 *  
Paralegal Criminal Procedures
Focus is on substantive and procedural criminal law, the role of paralegals in both the prosecution and defense of criminal actions, with emphasis on investigations and preparation of legal documents.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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General Studies (21 Credits)
10-801-195 *  
Written Communication
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Sentence Skills of 83 or greater or completion of equiv. Program Prep courses or not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.

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10-801-196 *  
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.

Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of Program Prep courses or not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.

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10-804-107 *  
College Mathematics
Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.

Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 65 or greater or Program Prep math or not enrolled in a program. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor at the first class.

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10-809-166 *  
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.

Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of Program Prep courses or not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.

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10-809-197 *  
Contemporary Amer Society
Analyzes public policy issues relating to government, media, education, family and the workplace. This course also looks at the impact of global, multicultural and technological trends on American life and explores these issues by using critical thinking skills, advocating points of view, and participating in political processes.

Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of Program Prep courses or not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.

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10-809-198 *  
Intro to Psychology
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of Program Prep courses or not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.

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10-809-103 *  
Think Critically & Creatively
Provides instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives, and more are considered in-depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.

Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of Program Prep courses or not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER must consult with instructor.

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Electives (6 Credits)
  Suggested Electives:
10-110-122 *  
Creditor/Debtor Relations
Provides students with fundamentals of pre and post-judgment collection rights, creditor protection devices, State and Federal consumer protection laws, and Federal bankruptcy laws.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-153 *  
Bankruptcy Law
Provides students with an introduction to bankruptcy law with emphasis on the paralegal’s role. Topics include individual and business liquidation and reorganization, debtor’s and creditor’s rights, litigation proceedings in bankruptcy court, legal concepts and terminology relating to bankruptcy law, ethical considerations for paralegals working in this area, and current computer applications utilized in bankruptcy practice.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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10-110-160 *  
Employment Law for Paralegals
Provides students with an understanding of the analysis of federal and state laws governing employment relationships, job discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace privacy, labor standards, and human resource management.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Paralegalism & Legal Ethics (10-110-101)

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Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
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2014-15 Educational Program

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