Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: LGLA-1307- Section: 01
Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions
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Instructor Information
Instructor Doneane Beckcom
Phone(409) 984-6548
Location:Student Center - Room: 415
Hours:MWF Noon - 2PM, TR 12:30 - 2:00; other times by appointment
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Course Information
Description Overview of the law and the legal professions including legal concepts, systems, and terminology; substantive areas of law and the federal and state judicial systems; ethical obligations and regulations; professional trends and issues with emphasis on the paralegal's role.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Understand legal terms by reviewing key terms in the textbook and other assigned readings/projects.
2. Write an effective legal resume, locate forms and draft appropriate documents. Write an effective cover letter. Use correct grammar in speech and written word.
3. Understand and be able to articulate unethical practices in the law firm or other workplace. Utilize appropriate job resume and interviewing techniques. Perform tasks authorized for paralegals, not attorneys.
4. Utilize blackboard and through the internet. Draft documents using Word. Prepare charts using Excel. Review power points as an additional resource.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills: demonstrates comprehension of content (legal) area reading material.
PSLO 1: understand legal terms and the paralegal's role in the legal environment.
PSLO 2: apply correct drafting procedures to transactional and court documents.
PSLO 3: demonstrate appropriate ethics and professionalism in the legal environment.
PSLO 4: exhibit the ability to use computer skills.
Textbooks Introduction to Paralegal Studies, 6th Edition
Currier and Eimermann
Wolters Kluwer
ISBN 978-1-4548-7342-6
Lecture Topics
Paralegals and the American Legal System:
Intro to the study of law and the paralegal profession
Legal ethics
Sources of Law
Classification of the Law
Civil Litigation and Alternatives

Substance of the Law:
Contract Law
Contract Law
Specialized Practice Areas

Legal Analysis and Research

Paralegals and the Work World:
Evidence and Investigations
Computers and Case Management
Major Assignments
We will typically cover one to two chapters per week depending upon how quickly our class moves through the materials.

Tests will generally cover 4 chapters and occur every 3 - 4 weeks throughout the semester, with a review prior to each exam.
Final Exam Date December 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests 70%
Chapter Assignments (vocabulary, review questions, case analysis) 20%
Discussions (in class participation) 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I am always available via email. Please make an appointment to discuss grades. Otherwise feel free to stop by my office during posted office hours. Powerpoints and other study resources are available on Blackboard.
Attendance Policy A student with 9 or more absences may be dropped from the course.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.