LEAT - LEGAL ASSISTING TECHNOLOGY

Department of Business Technology (UCT)


LEAT - 1010 INTRODUCTION TO LAW FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS
[3 hours] The course is designed to improve oral and written communication skills through the study of contracts, real property, torts, and criminal law. The course includes the structure and operation of the state and federal court systems, as well as the status and uses of paralegals.


LEAT - 1110 INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL ASSISTING
[3 hours] A presentation of the concepts of paralegalism with emphasis on the basic mechanics of the American Legal System with analysis of the ethical considerations relative to the paralegal function.


LEAT - 1130 CIVIL PROCEDURE
[3 hours] The function of legal assistants in civil litigation with a thorough study of the Ohio Civil Rules, thus enabling the student to understand the practice of civil litigation and to prepare various types of pleadings encountered therein.


LEAT - 1150 TORT LAW
[3 hours] This course covers the traditional areas of tort law, including negligence, trespass, mental distress, and conversion as well as the defenses to these claims. The course is taught through the case study method.


LEAT - 1160 LEGAL RESEARCH, WRITING AND CASE ANALYSIS
[3 hours] Designed to provide the student with an understanding of the function of the law library and to develop research techniques and legal analysis and writing skills through use of traditional law library materials and Lexis and CDROM sources. Prerequisite: LEAT 1110


LEAT - 1720 LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT AND LITIGATION SUPPORT
[3 hours] This course gives students a knowledge of the management structure and the administration of the law office as well as the basic techniques of litigation support. Other topics include law office billing procedure, document organization and trial preparation for complex cases.


LEAT - 2010 BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
[3 hours] This course covers the function of the paralegal in the formation of business entities including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and other business vehicles and includes a survey of the fundamental principles of law applicable to each such organization.


LEAT - 2030 CONSUMER LAW
[3 hours] The course covers the fundamentals of federal and state consumer laws including a review of proper remedies for violations, and the function of consumer protection agencies. The course also includes the various rights and remedies available to debtors and creditors arising out of consumer transactions and otherwise.


LEAT - 2110 ESTATE & PROBATE ADMINISTRATION
[3 hours] Study of the common forms of wills and trusts and a survey of the fundamental principles of law applicable to each; study of the organization and jurisdiction of the probate court, and analysis of the administration of estates in probate court, and a review of estate and inheritance taxes.


LEAT - 2120 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
[3 hours] The law of real property and common types of real estate transactions and conveyances, such as deeds, land installment contracts, sales contracts, and leases, with emphasis on researching, drafting and recording of documents related thereto.


LEAT - 2130 FAMILY LAW
[3 hours] Study of the law and practice of divorce, dissolution and all matters relating to the termination of a marriage. Students will be trained to conduct client interviews, draft pleadings andassociated court forms, and calculate support under state-mandated guidelines.


LEAT - 2210 PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
[3 hours] This course takes a look at the substantive and procedural aspects of various administrative law agencies with emphasis on providing skills to practice in administrative law.


LEAT - 2300 EXPERT LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING
[3 hours] An in-depth study of LEXIS, a computerized research product. Use of the computer will be fully examined. Major writing assignments will further refine the research and writing skills obtained in previous course work. Prerequisite: LEAT 1160


LEAT - 2700 ADVOCACY: MOCK TRIAL
[3 hours] An in-depth survey of the trial process which exposes students to each step of a trial in a hands-on fashion. The course will be taught utilizing traditional lecture, reading, and actual mock trial experience.


LEAT - 2940 LEGAL ASSISTING INTERNSHIP
[3 hours] Field experience in law offices. Students will be placed in various legal assisting positions by the professor. Students will meet for job-related seminar 1 hour per week and will work at their assigned law office for 12 hours per week. Prerequisite: Permission of program director.

Last Updated: 5/5/14