Paralegal (PLGL)

PLGL 30  Introduction to Paralegal/Legal

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A

Federal and state legal systems, role of the paralegals and relationship of paralegals to attorneys, basic civil litigation, legal writing, investigation of claims, and legal ethics for paralegals.

PLGL 31A  Legal Analysis and Writing

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   
Corequisite: PLGL 30 (May have been taken previously)

Use of a law library for legal research and references; reading and analyzing cases, statutes, constitutions, and secondary authorities; and preparation of case briefs.

PLGL 31B  Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: PLGL 30 and PLGL 31A

Preparation of research memoranda, trial briefs, appellate briefs, and other paralegal documents. Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis training.

PLGL 33A  Civil Procedure I

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   
Corequisite: PLGL 30 (May have been taken previously)

Analysis of the pretrial procedural steps to litigating a cause of action. Examines the concepts of jurisdiction, venue, parties to the action, summons, default judgments, and pleadings.

PLGL 33B  Civil Procedure II

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: PLGL 33A

Preparing for litigation. Includes discovery, preparation of law and motion documents, remedies, summary judgments, motions to dismiss, settlements, and arbitration.

PLGL 35A  Law Office Procedures

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   
Corequisite: PLGL 30 (may have been taken previously)

Examines procedures utilized by a paralegal in a law office. Court systems, preparation and filing of legal papers and court documents, and drafting specialized documents in such areas as estate planning, real estate, divorce, unlawful detainer, adoption, corporations, conservatorships and guardianships.

PLGL 35B  Law Office Technology

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: PLGL 30 and PLGL 35A
Advisory: CISB 15

Use of the personal computer for special purposes in the law office; includes the drafting of legal documents, document control, e-filing, e-discovery, preparation of billing, law office and case load management, and trial graphics and preparation.

PLGL 36  Paralegal Internship

1 Unit (Degree Applicable)
(May be taken for Pass/No Pass only)
Lab: 75
Prerequisite: PLGL 31A, PLGL 33A, and PLGL 35A
Corequisite: PLGL 31B, PLGL 33B, PLGL 35B, PLGL 37, PLGL 39 (may have been taken previously)

Designed to provide the student with actual on-the-job experience in the paralegal profession which relates to student's classroom based learning. Placement is not guaranteed but assistance is provided by the paralegal faculty. A minimum of five hours per week of supervised work (minimum 75 paid clock hours or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester) is required.

PLGL 37  Tort Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Analysis of the law of torts, including intentional torts such as assault, battery, false imprisonment, defamation, privacy, trespass, and nuisance; negligence; and strict liability. Examination of insurance defense issues.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 201730748PLGL:37TR5:45pm - 10:00pmT. Durfield18-15

PLGL 38  Employment and Ethical Issues in Paralegalism

2 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   
Prerequisite: PLGL 31A, PLGL 33A, and PLGL 35A
Corequisite: PLGL 31B, PLGL 33B, PLGL 35B, PLGL 37, PLGL 39 (may have been taken previously)

Job search skills including preparation of resumes and cover letters, interviewing, networking, and paralegal and attorney ethics.

PLGL 39  Contract Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Laws relating to the formation of contracts. Includes study of the statute of frauds, third-party rights, liability for breach of contract, remedies, discharge, and the Uniform Commercial Code.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 201730992PLGL:39MW5:45pm - 10:10pmT. Rabun18-15

PLGL 40  Landlord-Tenant Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Landlord-tenant law and creation of legal documentation to represent the landlord-tenant relationship. Examination of the rights and liabilities of the landlord and the tenant.

PLGL 41  Property Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Examination of the law relating to real and personal property. Analysis of the various forms of ownership of real property; easements, covenants, conditions, and licenses; constitutional questions; types of real estate deeds; and land use controls.

PLGL 42  Family Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Laws relating to marriage, dissolution, nullity, and legal separation. Includes topics of community property, child custody, child support, spousal support, and prenuptial and antenuptial agreements.

PLGL 43  Wills and Trusts

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Legal principles of the laws of wills and trusts, organization and jurisdiction of the California Probate Courts, estate planning and estate taxes.

PLGL 44  Bankruptcy Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Creation, scope, and administrative function of federal bankruptcy proceedings and arrangements. Includes wage earner plans and insolvency proceedings.

PLGL 45  Creditors' Rights

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Creation, perfection, and enforcement of security interests in property. Unsecured creditors and their methods of enforcing rights and obtaining judgments.

PLGL 48  Criminal Law and Procedures

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

General principles of criminal law and procedure, elements of crimes against person and property, parties to a crime, defenses to crimes. Analysis of procedural law relating to arrest, search and seizure, rights to counsel and a jury, evidentiary issues, sentencing and appeal.

PLGL 49  Evidence Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

Evidence law in civil and criminal cases: principles of relevance and competence of evidence; hearsay and character evidence rules; evidentiary privileges; use and authentication of writings. Use of evidence at trial, burdens of proof and presumptions, constitutional issues.

PLGL 50  Comparative Law

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 54   
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A

A comparison of the traditions and legal systems of various nations. Specific legal concepts and principles relating to areas of business, substantive law, and procedural law are compared to illustrate and distinguish those systems from the U.S. system. Ethics, language, and management issues are considered with regard to doing business abroad.

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