Paralegal Science Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Core Courses 18 hours

Supporting Course Requirements  12 hours

Choose 4 from the following:                                                                   

Total Hours Required for Certificate Completion 30-31 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.


Course Descriptions

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 - 210 or director approval.

LAS 300 or 300W: 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 350: Litigation: Evidence to Discovery (3 hrs)

  • (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 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.

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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 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)

LAS 399: Paralegal Internship

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