Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
PRL102 Intro to Paralegal Studies3This course covers a general introduction to the paralegal profession and regulation of the legal environment. A practical approach is used to explain a paralegal's role, skills and responsibilities in today's legal industry. The course outlines the various specializations within the practice of law with emphasis placed on professional development. Loading...
PRL103Introduction to Law3This course covers a general introduction to the American legal system and the practice of law. Topics include an introduction to legal processes, the U.S. Constitution, basic legal terminology and concepts, court systems, government structures, courses of law, and to the legal ethics and regulation of the legal profession. Substantive law and skill areas students will encounter in subsequent legal courses is also included. Loading...
PRL104Legal Tech and eDiscovery3This course will cover the fundamentals of how to use computer technology to accomplish tasks performed by paralegals in the legal industry. Topics examined include software applications involving document creation, assembly and management. Practical experience will be gained with Microsoft Office, presentation tools, legal timekeeping and billing software, case management, docket control software and litigation support software that includes E-filing, electronic discovery and ethical considerations. Loading...
PRL112Legal Research and Writing I3This course will cover an integrated introduction to legal research and writing. Topics will include how to use a law library, perform legal research, analyze legal problems, and communicate research findings in the proper written format. An overview of how to locate and use both primary and secondary legal research sources, including federal and state cases, statutes, and regulations will be included. Computer-based legal research tools as well as print sources will be examined. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a C or better Loading...
PRL113Legal Research and Writing II3This course will cover and continue a more advanced introduction to legal research and writing including how to use a law library, perform legal research, analyze legal problems, and communicate research findings in the proper written format. Additional topics of law to locate and use both primary and secondary legal research sources, including federal and state cases, statutes, and regulations while utilizing computer-based legal research tools as well as print sources will also be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL118Computerized Legal Research1Introduction to computer-assisted legal research. Training in legal research search strategies using both the Lexis and Westlaw systems. Prerequisites: PRL 103, 112, 113Loading...
PRL125Evidence: Theory and Practice3This course will cover a study of substantive and procedural laws of evidence. An introduction to the rules of evidence with methods of discovering, preserving and presenting evidence in civil and criminal trials will be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL135Civil Litigation and Pro3This course will cover the knowledge and skills needed to effectively and ethically assist an attorney in litigation practice and procedure. The principles of civil litigation in federal and state courts, as well as, the rules of procedure and discovery are included. The course addresses pre-trial practice, pretrial motions, and trial preparations, basics of a civil trial, post-trial motions and appeals. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL138Bankruptcy Law3This course will cover an introduction to the fundamentals of bankruptcy law and procedures. An examination of alternatives to formal bankruptcy proceedings, including fundamentals of debtor/creditor and secured transactions. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL139Torts and Personal Injury3This course will cover the basic personal injury and property damage law, known as torts. Topics include intentional torts, negligence, strict liability and medical and legal malpractice law. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL141Business and Corporate Law I3A study of the fundamentals of the law of contracts, the uniform commercial code and the rights of creditors in transactions.Loading...
PRL143Business Organization Law3This course will cover instruction in the law of legal entities used in conducting business. An exploration of the similarities and differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and other types of business organizations will be covered. An examination of the process necessary for the creation and existence of various business organizations, including study of the operation of a corporation and special topics in business law. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL151Real Estate Law3This course will cover a study of the law of real property with an examination of common types of real estate transactions and conveyances. An exploration of the history of the real property system used in the United States and methods to finance real estate transactions, title examination and title insurance will also be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL155Insurance Law and Reg Compl3This course will cover an introduction to insurance law. The course will include the history and types of insurance, principles of indemnity, interests protected, the transfer of risk and claims processes. An examination of, and requirements for, organizations maintaining compliance with regulatory schemes, emphasis on federal regulations will also be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL156Intellectual Property Law3An introduction to intellectual property (IP) law. The course will include what is necessary to obtain patents, copyrights, trademarks and what constitutes a trade secret. How to prepare applications to secure IP interests will also be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL161Family Law3This course will cover the legal aspects of the family relationship. The rights and duties of the parties in marriage, annulment, divorce, child custody and adoption. The course will emphasize the use of domestic law forms and procedures. The law of domestic violence is discussed. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL167Probate Procedure3A study of wills including validity requirements, modification and revocation. Formation of trusts and the characteristics and requirements of each type. Laws of testate and intestate succession. Forms and procedures for probating an estate. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL171Administrative Law3This course will cover a study of administrative law. Procedures for administrative hearings in various governmental agencies will be included in both federal and state administrative systems. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL174Contracts3This course will cover a study of the fundamentals of contract law including required elements necessary for the creation of enforceable contracts and remedies available for breach of contract. The preparation and interpretation of contracts, while examining provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code relevant to contract law will also be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL183Employment Law3This course will cover an introduction to employment and labor law. The course will include an overview of the legal relationship between employers and employees in the hiring, managing and firing phases. Laws and regulations concerning workplace discrimination, pay, benefits, safety and leave will be examined. Employment contracts and the labor-management relationship in the union setting will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL184Alternative Dispute Res3This course will cover the theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration that constitute the foundation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) through lecture and simulations. An examination of the different theories and approaches to ADR, as well as the wide range of issues that arise in the selection and application of these dispute resolution techniques will also be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112Loading...
PRL188Immigration Law3This course will cover an introduction to immigration law and practice. Exploration of significant aspects of immigration, citizenship and naturalization processes will be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL192Criminal Law and Procedure3This course will cover an introduction to the practice of criminal law. Principles of criminal litigation, the criminal court system, rules of criminal procedure and discovery, pre-trial investigation and practice, pre-trial motions, trial preparation, criminal trial basics, post-trial motions, sentencing and appeals will be included. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL195Environmental Law2This course will cover an introduction to environmental law. Exploration of the history and sources of environmental law will be reviewed. Major statutory laws and regulations will be introduced. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL220Special Legal Topics2This course will cover an introduction to a special legal topic area of the law. Foundational principles of the special legal topic area will be explored as well as practical application. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112Loading...
PRL222Construction Law and Bonds2This course will cover an introduction to construction law and bonding. Exploration of the history and sources of construction law and bonding will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL223Elder and Health Law2This course will cover an introduction to elder and heath law. Overview of the health care system and legal aspects of aging will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 112 Loading...
PRL280Legal Internship and Ethics4This course covers an application of the substantive and practical knowledge gained in the classroom by interning in a private law office, governmental agency or corporate environment under the supervision of a practicing attorney(s). Participation in workshops regarding internship experiences. 225 hours will be completed. An examination of the legal ethical and professional responsibility standards applicable to the legal profession will also be included. Creating a professional portfolio and assessment of knowledge gained in the program will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. (This course is Pass/Fail.) Prerequisite: PRL 102, PRL 103, PRL 104, PRL 112, PRL 113, PRL 135 and a minimum grade of "C" in all PRL courses and completed a minimum of seven PRL courses. Loading...