Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: LGLA-2433- Section: 50
Advanced Legal Documents Preparation
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Instructor Information
Instructor Michelle McPherson
Phone(409) 984-6381
Location:UITC - Room: 201 B
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Course Information
Description Use of office technology skills in preparation of legal documents by paralegals based on hypothetical situations drawn from various areas of law.
Prerequisites ENGL 1301 and successful completion of 12 semester hours of LGLA courses.
Learning Outcomes Define and properly use terminology related to legal document preparation; draft transaction and litigation documents based on hypothetical fact situation; and demonstrate an understanding of the application of transaction and litigation documents.

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
1.    Select appropriate forms for, and draft, both transactional and litigation legal documents on-line.
3.    Conduct effective, complete, legal research on a case issue.
3.    Apply ethical standards in research and drafting documents
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes Paralegal
1. Identifies legal terms, structure of a law firm, and the paralegal?s role.

2. Applies correct drafting procedures to transactional and court documents.

3. Demonstrates appropriate etiquette, ethics, and professionalism in the legal environment.

4. Conducts proper client and witness interviews.

5. Illustrates the ability to use computer, accounting, and organizational skills.
Textbooks 1.Basics of Legal Document Preparation, Cummins latest ed. PLEASE WAIT TO PURCHASE
2.Legal Document Preparation Manual, from the Paralegal Certificate Course
Center for Legal Studies
Available on Amazon
ISBN 978-0-9637248-4-7
Lecture Topics
Drafting Correspondence using Word.
Pro Doc program.
Drafting pleadings including petitions and answers.
Drafting real estate forms.
Drafting bankruptcy forms.
Drafting discovery.
Local forms

Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams: 40%
Projects/Homework/Special Assignments: 50%
Attendance 5%
Participation 5%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Please see Attendance Grades and Absence Policy
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 the Office for Disability Services 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.