LGL - PARALEGAL STUDIES

LGL - 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.

LGL - 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.

LGL - 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.

LGL - 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 computerized legal research techniques such as Lexis and Anderson CDROM Law on Disk.  Prerequisite: LGL 1110

LGL - 1720   LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
[3 hours]  This course exposes students to various management structures within and the administration of the law office and other legal environments.  Critical thinking will be applied to management theories and applications.
 
LGL - 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.

LGL - 2020  CIVIL PROCEDURE
[3 hours]  An in-depth study of the Rules of Civil Procedure, including application of rules of fact patterns.  Students will draft litigation documents including complaint, answer and discovery pleadings

LGL - 2030   CONSUMER LAW
[3 hours]  The course covers the fundamentals of federal and state consumer laws and consumer protection agencies as well as a review of consumer oriented provisions under Title II of the United States Code, the Bankruptcy Reform Act.  The course also includes the various rights and remedies available to debtors and creditors arising out of consumer transactions and otherwise.

LGL - 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.

LGL - 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.

LGL - 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 and associated court forms, and calculate support under state-mandated guidelines.

LGL - 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.

LGL - 2300   EXPERT LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING
[3 hours]  Use of computerized legal research services as well as the Internet to perform legal research will be fully examined.  Major writing assignments will further refine the research and writing skills obtained in previous course work. Prerequisite: LGL 1160

LGL - 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.

LGL - 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.

LGL - 2990   INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 hour - variable]  This course is used for faculty-assisted independent study in the area of legal assisting.  Prerequisite: instructor approval. Admission to the Paralegal Studies program.

LGL - 3010  LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS
[3 hours]  Study of business entities:  sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.  Critical analysis of business entities, de factor and de jure entitites.  Students will complete articles of incorporation, bylaws and minute books. (Prereq: LGL:1010 & LGL:1720)

LGL - 3030  ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING

[3hours]  Focus on advanced legal writing.  Students will be challenged to master computer assisted legal research methods. (Prereq: LGL1010 & LGL:1160)

LGL - 3050  BANKRUPTCY PRACTICES & CONSUMER APPLICATIONS

[3hours]  An analysis of consumer laws including landlord-tenant relationships, consumer sales practices, uniform commercial code transactions, credit card law, garnishment, fair debt collection practices act, and the United States Bankruptcy Code. (Prereq: LGL:1010 & LGL:1160)

LGL - 3330  LITIGATION

[3hours]  Focus on evidence and investigation, applying critical thinking skills to actual litigation cases.  Analysis of court pleadings for appropriateness and alternative mechanisms.  Study of post trial and appellate matters.  (Prereq: LGL:1150 & LGL:2020)

LGL - 3350  ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

[3hours]  Students will overview conflict theory, resolution and its history.  Students will focus on skills necessary for alternative dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trial, and mini trial. (Prereq: LGL:1010, LGL:1150 & LGL:2020)

LGL - 4030  CONTRACT LAW
[3 hours]  Focus on the laws concerning creation and termination of contracts.  Students will analyze contractual terms including reliance, capacity, unconscionability, conditions, assignments, third-party beneficiaries and the effect of changed circumstances. (Prereq: LGL:1010 & LGL:1160)

LGL - 4130  CLINIC EXPERIENCE

[3hours]  Students will work in a clinical environment, such as: Court Appointed Special Advocates, the UT Center for Mediation and Legal Rights, the Toledo Bar Association´┐Żs Pro Se Family Law Program. (Prereq: LGL:1010 & LGL:1160 & Instructor Permission)

LGL - 4940  ADVANCED PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP

[3hours]  Field experience for seniors, placement within their specialty.  Students meet for 1 hour seminar and work at assigned law office for 12 hours per week.  (Prereq: Permission of program director)

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