Paralegal --- PA


Department Homepage: https://voices.inverhills.edu/paralegal/

 

PA 1102  Introduction to Law and Contracts   4.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 1102

Introduces the student to state and federal court systems; civil and criminal law, including general contract law, tort law, and constitutional law; legal analysis, and the employment functions of paralegals and its ethical implications. Prerequisites: Placement in ENG 1108 or grade C or better in ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094. Recommended: Students should enroll in ENG 1108 concurrently with PA 1102.

PA 1103  UCC and Business Organizations   4.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 1103

Introduces the student to the laws of sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, and the Uniform Commercial Code as well as agency and partnership, corporations and other business entities. There is an emphasis on the role of the lawyer and the paralegal in the formation of business entities which includes the preparation of related documents. Prerequisites: Grade C or better in PA 1102.

PA 1105  Criminal Justice System   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 1105

Introduces the student to the criminal justice system with special emphasis given to Minnesota law and procedure. Topics covered include: the Minnesota Criminal Code, police, attorneys, judges, constitutional rights, rules of evidence, plea bargaining, trials, and sentencing. Prerequisites: Placement into ENG 1108 or grade C or better in ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 or instructor or program director's permission. Recommended: Students should enroll in ENG 1108 concurrently with PA 1105.

PA 1115  Law Office Procedures & Technology   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 1115

Examines the general practices of the law office procedures and technology. This course is designed for students who have had no experience working in a legal office. Topics covered include ownership and management patterns in various practices, legal ethics, law office personnel, technology, marketing, long-range planning, finances, and document/case management systems.

PA 2201  Family Law   3.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2201

Examines family legal issues involved in marriage, separation, dissolution of marriage, cohabitation, child custody, child and spousal support and non-support, property issues, paternity, adoption, and domestic abuse. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102.

PA 2202  Litigation and Trial Practice   3.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2202

Examines selected aspects of the rules of evidence, principles of investigating and interviewing, practical applications of selected rules of civil procedure, discovery and preparation for trial and rules of professional responsibility. Particular emphasis is placed upon the role of the paralegal in the litigation process. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102.

PA 2204  Probate Law   3.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2204

Examines wills, trusts, intestate succession, probate proceedings and estate administration under Minnesota Law. Provides an overview of relevant federal and state tax law as it pertains to estates. Provides practical experience in drafting estate, probate and tax documents. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102 or permission of instructor or program director.

PA 2205  Real Estate Law   3.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2205

Provides the student with a general understanding of real property laws, the common types of real estate, and how to prepare certain routine real estate documents. The topics of mortgage foreclosure, contract for deeds, mechanics liens, title examination, and closings are also covered. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102 or permission of the Paralegal Director or Instructor.

PA 2206  Interviewing and Investigating Techniques for Paralegals   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2206

Examines general techniques of interviewing and investigating with special emphasis placed on the practical aspects of interviewing witnesses and client, and investigating cases. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102 or instructor's permission.

PA 2208  Employment Law   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2208

Provides an overview of the state and federal rules and regulations that govern the employment relationship. The topics of employment at-will shall be addressed, along with exceptions to the at-will doctrine. The course will also address the creation of implied employment contracts, wrongful discharge, employee privacy interests, and wage and hour regulations. Discrimination and sexual harassment will also be discussed with an emphasis on the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Students will study the Federal Title VII Civil Rights Act and its impact on the employment relationship. Recent legislative developments in the employment law arena will also be reviewed. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102 or instructor's permission.

PA 2212  Personal Injury & E-Discovery   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2212

Examines selected major issues and themes in civil litigation involving personal injuries and wrongful death with primary emphasis on negligence and medical malpractice. Significant case law, statutes, rules, procedures, and evidentiary and e-discovery principles will be covered. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102 or instructor's permission.

PA 2218  Computerized Legal Research and the Internet   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2218

Provides the paralegal student with hands-on basic training in the uses of computerized legal research engine(s) and the Internet. This course will include training in web search engines, browsers, searching and indexing tools, and the location of legal materials on the Internet. Also, this class will cover computer query formulation, search and retrieval techniques, citation services, and data base selections. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102 or instructor's permission.

PA 2220  Legal Research   3.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2220

Provides an understanding of the law library and will assist the student in developing research skills through the use of digests, reporters, statutes, administrative materials and secondary materials. This course includes practice problems requiring legal research. The course also will include an introduction to computerized legal research. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 1102.

PA 2222  Legal Writing And Analysis   3.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2222

Provides the student with experience in the development of analytical writing skills in the preparation of case and trial briefs, legal memoranda, investigative summaries, and general legal correspondence. Prerequisites: C or better in PA 2220 and ENG 1108. Recommended: Students should complete ENG 1111 or ENG 1114 prior to taking this course PA 2222.

PA 2289  Paralegal Internship   2.0 cr
Course Outline for PA 2289

Gives the preservice student practical work experience in the paralegal area. Provides the student with the opportunity to develop skills and abilities to understand law office's operation, apply the law and legal procedures, conduct legal research, write letters and memorandums, draft documents, contact clients or individuals, and maintain confidentiality and professional ethics. Prerequisites: Written permission of the Paralegal Program Director one semester in advance; C or better in PA 2220.