EKU Online Paralegal Science (B.A.) Degree

Explore the curriculum and course descriptions for the bachelor's degree.

Curriculum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: 40 HOURS

Including

LAS 210: Introduction to Law (3 hrs)
LAS 220: Legal Research and Writing I (3 hrs)
LAS 300: Legal Research and Writing II (3 hrs)
LAS 325: Real Estate/Bankruptcy Practice (3 hrs)
LAS 350: Litigation: Evidence to Discovery (3 hrs)
LAS 355: Litigation: Trial to Appeal (3 hrs)
LAS 385: Legal Administration and Computer Applications (3 hrs)
LAS 399: Paralegal Internship
LAS 410: Paralegal Seminar (3 hrs)

And 12 hours from
LAS 330: Family Law Practice (3 hrs)
LAS 340: Criminal Law Practice and Procedure (3 hrs)
LAS 360: Probate Practice and Procedure (3 hrs)
LAS 370: Corporations and Business Organization Practice (3 hrs)
LAS 380: Administrative Agency Practice

LAS 490: Independent Study of Law (1-3 hrs.)

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 9 HOURS

Including

ACC 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting
ENG 300 or 300S: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
POL 101: Introduction to American Government

And 3 hours from

POL 460: Law and Society
POL 463: Constitutional Politics
POL 464: Law and Politics of Civil Liberties

General Education Requirements:  36 HOURS

Standard General Education program, excluding block VB. Refer to Section IV of the catalog for details on the General Education and University requirements.

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS: 4 HOURS

Including

1 hour of Academic Orientation

3 hours of Wellness courses chosen from:

            BIO 310 Biology of Aging

            HEA 285 Health Across the Lifespan

            NFA 201 Essentials of Nutrition

            PHE 180 Lifetime Wellness

FREE ELECTIVES: 31 HOURS


TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS FOR B.A. IN PARALEGAL SCIENCE: 120 HOURS


Course Descriptions

ACC 201: Introduction to Financial Accounting

  • Auser’s approach to understanding financial accounting and reporting, emphasizing how creditors, investors, and others use accounting information in decision making and why financial accounting information is important to these users. Prerequisite -  MAT105 or higher.

ENG 300: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing

  • Introductory course in principles of effective writing for professions and technical fields. Experience in writing with technology for various purposes and audiences relevant to students’ career interests. Special sections arranged in cooperation with professional programs. Prerequisite - ENG 102 or 105 or HON 102.

LAS 210: Introduction to Law (3 hrs)

  • General study of the purpose, function, and history of law; law-related occupations; court systems; case law analysis; professional ethics; the adversary system; and the major areas of law.

LAS 220: Legal Research and Writing I (3 hrs)

  • The sources and techniques of legal research; their application to specific legal problems and the use of legal authority to construct a written legal argument. Prerequisite - LAS 210 or director approval.

LAS 300: Legal Research and Writing II (3 hrs)

  • The sources and techniques of advanced legal research and writing, the use of computer-assisted legal research methods and their application. Prerequisite - LAS 220.

LAS 325: Real Estate/Bankruptcy Practice (3 hrs)

  • Paralegal practice and procedure for general law office; real estate transactions and documents, title searches, title insurance, loan closings, leases, wills, affidavits of descent, foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Prerequisite - LAS 220.

LAS 330: Family Law Practice (3 hrs)

  • Paralegal practice in family law including forms, documents, and procedures for: marriage, divorce, separation, annulment, alimony, legitimacy of children, custody, adoption, community property, and juvenile law. Prerequisite - LAS 220.

LAS 340: Criminal Law Practice and Procedure (3 hrs)

  • An introduction to criminal law and procedure; criminal law forms and documents, and preparation for criminal litigation using the systems approach. Prerequisite - LAS 220 or director approval.

LAS 350: Litigation: Evidence to Discovery (3 hrs)

  • Study of legal principles and paralegal practice in substantive civil law. Incorporates procedural aspects of the early stages of civil litigation including evidence and investigation, pleadings, and the discovery/disclosure process. Prerequisites - LAS 220 or director approval.

LAS 355: Litigation: Trial to Appeal (3 hrs)

  • Study of legal principles and paralegal practice in substantive civil law. Incorporates procedural aspects of the latter stages of civil litigation including settlement and ADR, trial preparation, trial, post-trial practice, and appeal. Prerequisite - LAS 220 or director approval.

LAS 360: Probate Practice and Procedure (3 hrs)

  • Paralegal probate practice including initial steps, asset accumulation, debt management, court procedure, estate-related tax issues and forms. A systems approach will be emphasized. Prerequisite - LAS 220 or director approval.

LAS 370: Corporations and Business Organization Practice (3 hrs)

  • Documents, forms, and procedures essential to the corporate paralegal. Development of skills concerning business formations, incorporation, corporate finance, employees, corporate operation, securities, regulatory compliance, merger, acquisitions, sales and terminations. Prerequisite - LAS 220.

LAS 380: Administrative Agency Practice

  • (3 hrs.) Practical paralegal skill development in administrative law and procedure. Forms, documents, pleadings, and techniques for administrative regulatory compliance; case processing; informal and formal administrative advocacy, emphasizing the systems approach. Prerequisite - LAS 220.

LAS 385: Legal Administration and Computer Applications (3 hrs)

  • The study of law office administration and the utilization of specific law office computer applications. Prerequisites - LAS 220 and CIS 212 or CSC 104 or equivalent.

LAS 399: Paralegal Internship

  • Prerequisites - Completion of 18 hours of major (LAS) courses including LAS 300 or director approval (Prior written application is required).

LAS 410: Paralegal Seminar (3 hrs)

  • Professional ethics, analysis of the internship experience, transition to the law office and current issues facing the paralegal profession. Prerequisite - Completion of 18 hours of major (LAS) courses or director approval.

LAS 460: Estate Planning and Procedure (3 hrs)

  • The study of law, forms, documents, and procedures essential to the paralegal involved in the drafting of wills, trusts, and estate plans. The systems approach will be emphasized. Prerequisite - LAS 360 or director approval.

LAS 490: Independent Study of Law (1-3 hrs.)

  • Individual research, skill development, and study in an area of law or paralegal practice. Student must have independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and departmental chair prior to enrollment. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite - director approval.

POL 101: Introduction to American Government

  • Principles, functions, and basic political institutions of the American system of government at the national level. Gen. Ed. VB, VC, or VII (SBS).

POL 460: Law and Society

  • Sources, nature, function, and limits of law as an instrument of social and political control and direction. Examples taken from property, torts, contracts, criminal law, and selected areas of public policy.

POL 463: Constitutional Politics

  • An examination of constitutional problems in American government. Emphasis is given to cases in their legal and political context.

POL 464: Law and Politics of Civil Liberties

  • An examination of historic and contemporary problems of civil liberties. Emphasis is given to cases in their legal and political context.

           
     
 

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