Academics

Legal Studies Courses (LSCC)      

LSCC 100.  Introduction to Paralegal Studies
3 hours
The introductory course to the legal profession.  A practical, rather than theoretical approach is used to explain the role, skills, and responsibilities of a paralegal.  Emphasis is on mastering legal terms, legal research writing, and ethics.

LSCC 200.  Legal Research and Writing I
3 hours
The course emphasis is on how to perform legal research in the library and on the computer.   The fundamentals of the legal analysis and writing, correct citation form and eliminating mechanical errors are stressed. Students who have completed this course at another institution must have their skills/expertise evaluated by the program director.
Prerequisite: LSCC 100.

LSCC 201.  Legal Research and Writing II
3 hours
This course develops and refines skills gained in LSCC 200 with an emphasis on actual written legal documents.  Students who have completed this course at another institution must have their skills/expertise evaluated by the Program Director.
Prerequisite: LSCC 200.

LSCC 300.  Civil Litigation Practice
3 hours
The course deals with a thorough analysis of the litigation process.  Discovery and investigative techniques, pre- and post-trial litigation steps and other tasks performed by assistants in the legal profession are covered.
Prerequisite: LSCC 100.

LSCC 320.  The Law of Real Property
3 hours
An introduction to the legal student in assisting with document preparation for commercial and residential real estate transfers and closings.  Creation of documents for appraisals, taxes and mortgage financing.
Prerequisite: LSCC 100.

LSCC 331.  Law and the Manager I
3 hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the role of law in society and in business specifically.  Areas of study include contracts, personal property, bailment and the legal environment of business.
Cross-listed: ACCT 332, BSMT 330.

LSCC 332.  Law and the Manager II
3 hours
This course is designed to acquaint the student with law in the areas of commercial paper, debtors' and creditors' rights, agency, legal forms of organization, real property and estates.
Cross-listed: ACCT 333, BSMT 331.

LSCC 340.  Family Law
3 hours
The course covers family law from a case law perspective.  A wide range of topics that affect family law are covered, including divorce, child support, custody, adoption, child abuse and alimony.  Prerequisite: LSCC 100.

LSCC 350.  The Law of Contracts
3 hours
This course covers the basics of contract law.  Coverage includes contract formation, Statute of Frauds, damages, parole evidence rule, assignments, and more.  Article 2 of the UCC is also covered.  Students learn how to draft a contract.
Prerequisite: LSCC 100.

LSCC 355.  Law Office Technology I
3 hours
This course examines the legal marketplace and introduces its members and their respective roles within the legal environment.  Students learn about the integration of technology into the delivery of legal services.  Topics include: legal fees, timekeeping, billing, case management and docketing software, calendaring software, electronic discovery and filing, and litigation support software.  An emphasis will be placed on more advanced methods of legal research using Westlaw and/or LexisNexis.
Prerequisites: LSCC 100, LSCC 200, LSCC 201, CMIS 115 or permission of program director.

LSCC 495.  Internship
3 hours
This class provides exposure to the real working environment of legal assistants.  The student actually works in a law office gaining training with an attorney and staff.  The course is taken only after most legal courses have been taken. Consent of Program Director needed.

LSCC 496.  Topics in Legal Studies
1-3 hours
This course will examine topics of special interest in the legal field.  Topics courses include but are not limited to Sports & Law, Probate Wills & Trusts, Torts, Bankruptcy.

LSCC 497.  Research in Legal Studies
3 hours
By participating in a semester-long research program, students earn credit for their degree.  Training in research methodology provides students with the opportunity to pursue Legal Studies from an empirical point of view. Students will design, implement, and construct a formal report on a research topic.  This course requires senior status and the approval of the Program Director.

LSCC 499.  Senior Seminar in Legal Studies
3 hours
This capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and critical examination of the various concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry presented both in General Education and the major.  Learning outcomes for both the General Education program and the major are reviewed.  Course assignments assist students in assessing the degree for which learning outcomes have been mastered.  Senior standing is required.