Paralegal
INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL THEORY
PRLE 101
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Introduction to the origin of our legal system and the theories giving rise to our common law, civil law, and statutory law systems, with emphasis on legal terminology in our contemporary legal system. Review of the court system with emphasis on our state courts and an overview of substantive law. [GE]
LEGAL ETHICS
PRLE 102
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Introduction to legal ethics, a study of issues: respecting client confidentiality, protecting a client's privileged communications, avoiding conflicts of interests, and avoiding unauthorized practice of law. Exploration of othe ethical issues regarding legal fees and fee sharing arrangements, advertising and solicitation, and competence and honesty. [GE]
LEGAL RESEARCH
PRLE 103
3 Credits
22 hours of lecture - 22 hours of lab
Legal research terminology and legal research strategies. Topics include efficient techniques to locate state and federal legal information by citation; locate search tools; update validity of legal resources; construct appropriate legal citations using ALWD Citation Manual style; develop a research strategy to efficiently and productively research a given legal issue. Prerequisite: PRLE 101 required and PRLE 102 recommended. [GE]
LEGAL WRITING I
PRLE 106
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Introduction to the basics of technical legal writing and the relationship of legal writing to legal analytical thought. Guidance through both theoretical and practical applications of writing. Focus on straight forward language. Prerequisite: PRLE 101. [GE]
CIVIL LITIGATION AND PROCEDURES
PRLE 109
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
The litigation process, with emphasis on the law of torts and civil litigation including client and witness interviews, pleadings preparation, investigation, and appeal procedures. Prior completion of PRLE 102 and 104 recommended. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 106. [GE]
CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURES
PRLE 110
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
The litigation process, with emphasis on criminal law including client and witness interviews, pleadings preparation, investigation and appeals preparation. Study of general criminal law and procedures to provide a basic understanding of the criminal justice system. Prior completion of PRLE 102 and 104 recommended. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 106. [GE]
LAW OFFICE PROCEDURES AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
PRLE 115
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Law office organization, specialized recordkeeping, law office computer applications (software in data management, storage and calendar controls), and accounting, scheduling, filing, management of personnel and other aspects of law office management. PRLE 102 recommended. [GE]
INTERVIEWING, INVESTIGATION AND EVIDENCE
PRLE 150
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Strategies, techniques and tactics for interviewing witnesses and clients including investigation procedures, collecting evidence and preparation of complete reports for the attorney. Students will understand, review and apply Rules of Evidence. Prerequisite: CMST& 210 or 230 (or CMST 201 or 211) and PRLE 103 recommended. [GE]
LEGAL DOCUMENT PREPARATION
PRLE 151
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Preparation of legal documents, legal terminology, and court rules and procedures as applied to general areas of law. Ability to type 40 wpm is recommended. Prerequisite: PRLE 101,102 and BTEC 122 or 125 or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
COMPUTER RESEARCH IN LAW
PRLE 203
3 Credits
22 hours of lecture - 22 hours of lab
Survey of legal research terminology, electronic legal resources, and research strategies. Students will learn to locate state and federal legal information by citation through finding tools, utilize research strategies to efficiently locate non-legal information of interest to the legal researcher, evaluate the validity of electronic sources, and construct appropriate electronic sources. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 103 and 106. [GE]
FAMILY LAW
PRLE 204
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Law and theory relating to dissolutions of marriage, legal separation, parenting/custody agreements, prenuptials, antenuptial agreements, adoptions, child support, change of name, and post-divorce issues such as maintenance modification, child support modification, and parenting plan modifications. Prerequisite: PRLE 101 and PRLE 151. [GE]
ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE LAW
PRLE 205
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Law and theory of estate planning, probate, and options of probate with emphasis on wills, trusts, community property agreements, gifts, estate taxation, probate procedures, administration and accounting. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 101. [GE]
REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY LAW
PRLE 206
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Law of personal and real property with emphasis on common types of real estate transactions and conveyances such as deeds, contracts, leases, deeds of trust, liens, zoning agreements, assessments, searches and foreclosures. Drafting of conveyance instruments and methods of recording and searching public records. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 101 and 106. [GE]
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
PRLE 207
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Significant state law regarding corporations and partnerships, preparation and filing of corporate documents, partnership agreements, conduct of corporate shareholder and director meetings, corporate distributions, commercial litigation, secured transactions. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 101 and PRLE 103. [GE]
BANKRUPTCY LAW
PRLE 208
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Introduction to bankruptcy procedures including filing of initial petition, selection of appropriate relief, meeting of creditors, adversarial proceedings, the final discharge hearing, and automatic stay. Analysis of relief available under Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the United States Bankruptcy code. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 101, 102, 103, 106 and 115. [GE]
INSURANCE CLAIMS CASE PREPARATION
PRLE 209
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Introduction to case management theory, using a "walk-through" personal injury action and preparation/handling of insurance claim(s) on behalf of a civil plaintiff. A complete preparation of a legal case, from intake to litigation including applicable legal terminology, court rules and procedures. Emphasis on the practices of law surrounding insurance claims and policies related to a civil action. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 106 and 151 or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
LEGAL WRITING II
PRLE 210
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Methods of legal research and legal writing. Application of research and analysis skills learned in PRLE 103 Legal Research and PRLE 203 Computer Research in Law. Continuation of the writing skills learned in PRLE 106 Legal Writing I. Focus on skills to research more intricate issues of law in a more accurate and precise method, with emphasis on preparing complex legal documents such as an interoffice Memorandum, Memorandum in Support of Motion and other types of legal documents, including the Appellate Brief. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in BTEC 122 Word for Business, PRLE 103 Legal Research, PRLE 203 Computer Research in Law and PRLE 106 Legal Writing. [GE]
TORT LAW AND PROCEDURES
PRLE 211
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Resolution of personal injury claims with insurance companies, social security and workers' compensation claims, with emphasis on the interpretation of insurance policies and the procedures for processing claims and effecting settlements. Methods for identifying workers' compensation and social security claims, as well as the filing and processing of these claims through the applicable state and federal administrative law procedures. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in PRLE 106. [GE]
LAW AND ECONOMICS
PRLE 212
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Legal rules, regulations and precedent interact with market mechanics and influence the allocation of resources. Focus on the common law property, contract and tort area, methods to explain, predict and evaluate such areas as a means to predict future outcomes and evaluate their potential impact upon societal welfare. Topics include relevant economic theories in conjunction with individual court cases to emphasize how the subtleties of the theory connect with key facts of the case. Course methodology develops the economic theory in the context of legal problems via point by point analysis. [GE]
SELECTED TOPICS
PRLE 280
1 - 3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Varying topics for the paralegal profession as listed in the quarterly class schedule. May be repeated for credit. [GE]
SPECIAL PROJECTS
PRLE 290
1 - 5 Credits
Opportunity for students to plan, organize and complete special projects approved by the department. Contact the instructional dean, division chair or your instructor for more information or to make arrangements to register for Special Project credits in this department. (Note: special project closely supervised by the instructor. Student must create written plan, select an instructor and petition for Departmental approval.) Consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
CASA SPECIAL PROJECT
PRLE 295
1 - 5 Credits
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Internship Project: a specialized Internship. Supervised, community service learning experience as trained, court appointed child advocate. Must complete thirty or more hours in CASA training and minimum one year commitment as a court appointed child advocate. No set requirement for hours worked per week, which is to be determined by the student and CASA. Work sites include the YWCA, Clark County courts, and other related off-site locations necessary for CASA program work. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructional Unit. Must receive admission into the Vancouver YWCA's Court CASA program. Must pass background check. [GE]
PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP
PRLE 299
1 - 3 Credits
Attorney-supervised work-based learning experience in a law office or other legal facility for paralegal internship. A capstone including a scheduled internship. Credits/grades based on hours worked, work performance, and completion of learning objectives specified in a learning contract (demonstrated adequate skills and professionalism) and completion of Seminar "Paralegal Information Night". Prerequisite: Department Chair approval required, based on completion of core paralegal courses (all PRLE and BUS& 201).