Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: LGLA-1351 (Section: 1, CRN: 92657)
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sheila Guillot
Email guillsr@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6381
Office Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201 B
Office Hours To be determined; you can call the department chair at 984-6381 or the admin, Diana, at 984-6418. 
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description Presents fundamental concepts of contract law including formation, performance, and enforcement of contracts under the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code with emphasis on the paralegal's role in contract law.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Basic Contract Law for Paralegals, Ninth Edition
Jeffrey A. Helewitz
ISBN: 9781454896289
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Use terminology relating to contract law;
2. Analyze sources relating to contract law;
3. Draft documents used in contract law; and
4. Analyze the ethical considerations of the paralegal relating to contract law.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Lecture Topics Outline Introduction
Chapter 1 Overview of Contracts
Chapter 2 Offer
Chapter 3 Acceptance
Chapter 4 Consideration
Chapter 5 Legality of Subject Matter and Contractual Capacity
Chapter 6 Contractual Intent
Chapter 7 Contract Provisions
Chapter 8 The Uniform Commercial Code
Chapter 9 Third Party Contracts
Chapter 10 Discharge of Obligations
Chapter 11 Remedies
Chapter 12 Drafting Simple Contracts and Proving Their Terms in Court
Major Assignments Schedule LECTURES IN CLASS

We will typically cover one to two chapters per week. There are approximately 15 weeks of instruction in the semester to allow for review for finals. We are covering one chapter per week. We will do some simple drafting assignments toward the end of the semester using legal document production software in class. 

Chapter 1 Overview of Contracts
Chapter 2 Offer
Chapter 3 Acceptance, TEST 1
Chapter 4 Consideration
Chapter 5 Legality of Subject Matter and Contractual Capacity
Chapter 6 Contractual Intent, TEST 2
Chapter 7 Contract Provisions
Chapter 8 The Uniform Commercial Code
Chapter 9 Third Party Contracts, TEST 3
WEEK 10:
Chapter 10 Discharge of Obligations
WEEK 11:
Chapter 11 Remedies
WEEK 12:
Chapter 12 Drafting Simple Contracts and Proving Their Terms in Court
WEEK 13:
In class drafting assignments
WEEK 14:
In class drafting assignments
WEEK 15: 

There will be a written discussion board assignment each week from the topic of each chapter/week. Discussion posts are due every Friday at NOON, no exceptions (unless Blackboard goes down). Your responses will be graded for accuracy, writing proficiency, and content. This is a way for us to do writing assignments for a grade while developing good writing and communication skills. You will receive more instruction for each discussion assignment as each one is posted.


Tests will generally cover 3 chapters and occur every 3 - 4 weeks throughout the semester, with a review prior to each exam. You will be given the dates the test will be open and when it will close at least one week prior so that you can plan accordingly. ALL TESTS ON ARE BLACKBOARD EXCEPT FOR THE FINAL, YOU WILL NEED A SCANTRON FOR THE FINAL EXAM

Tests will cover:
Test 1: chapters 1 - 3
Test 2: chapters 4 - 6
Test 3: chapters 7 - 9
Final: chapters 10 - 12 (IN CLASS, WILL NEED SCANTRON)
Final Exam Date December 8, 2023 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 11, 2023 - 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: 60%
Discussions (Blackboard): 30%
Attendance 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies To be determined.
Attendance Policy Attendance is important as you will be learning new terminology and lots of new information. Your grade will suffer if you are not attending class regularly. You will receive a grade for attendance that reflects your actual class attendance. 
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381