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Paralegal Studies Course Descriptions

PLS 101 Introduction to Law (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a B or higher or must be taken concurrently; BAP 105 (may be taken concurrently)
Description: Introduces the study of law and the legal system, including the roles of branches of government and of federal and state court systems. Covers legal concepts, vocabulary, and areas of substantive law. Emphasizes the role of the paralegal. Introduces professional ethics, critical thinking, legal reasoning, and analysis. Provides opportunities to apply these skills.  To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a C or better is required.

PLS 110 Legal Research/Writing I (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisites: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Introduces basics of researching issues of substantive and procedural law and drafting basic legal documents. Also introduces traditional law library sources such as Black’s Law Dictionary, Corpus Juris Secundum, the Utah Code, West’s® Pacific Reporter®, West’s® Pacific Digest®, and legal treatises and covers online research sources including LexisNexis® Academic and the official Utah State Courts website. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 115 Legal Research/Writing II (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 110 with a B or higher
Description: Builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in PLS 110 to research substantive and legal issues with more complexity and greater depth. Students will draft more intricate and varied legal documents including different forms of discovery, motions, and memoranda in support, orders, trial briefs, final pretrial orders, and appellate briefs. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 120 Evidence (2) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Addresses the principles and practical applications of the law of evidence. Topics include the basics of evidence, the paralegal’s role in working with evidence, and fact gathering within the court system. Specific rules of evidence are covered, as well as the role of evidence in trial presentation, at trial, and in appellate review.
To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 130 Criminal Law & Procedures (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Introduces the foundations of criminal law, rules of criminal procedure, elements of crimes against persons, habitation, property, public order and safety, organized crime, and legal defenses to criminal prosecution. Provides hands-on experience with criminal law and procedure. Covers evidentiary issues and constitutional concerns, along with pretrial considerations and procedures, trial, sentencing, punishment, and appellate review.
To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 140 Paralegal Procedures (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Covers the paralegal’s role in a law office, including the legal marketplace, the legal team, personnel relations, the attorney-client relationship, paralegal ethics and client relations, timekeeping, financial management (including legal fees, costs, and client trust funds), technology in the law office, docket control and calendaring, and file management. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 150 Paralegal Computer Applications (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Covers law office applications of client management software, litigation software, LexisNexis® Academic, and various state and federal websites. Students will use appropriate software to perform client conflicts checks, for timekeeping and file management, to prepare and maintain a database for each client, to organize and safeguard documentary evidence, and to assist during trial preparation and trial. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 160 Ethics (2) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Examines the rules of ethics peculiar to the practice of law and the crucial role they play in the profession of a paralegal. Covers the regulation of the legal profession, the unauthorized practice of law, client confidentiality, conflicts of interest, advertising and solicitation, client fees and fee sharing, and specific examples of Utah’s Rules of Professional Conduct. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 203 Introduction to Civil Litigation (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisites: PLS 101 with C or higher; PLS 204 (concurrent enrollment)
Description Uses examples of actual cases to cover law office procedures and ethics, client interviews, investigating claims, the role of the rules of civil procedure and the rules of evidence in litigation, drafting complaints, the filing and serving process, motion practice, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, trial preparation and assistance at trial, and post-trial motions and appeals. To continue with other Paralegal  Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 204 Introduction to Civil Litigation Lab (0) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisites: PLS 101 with C or higher; PLS 203 (concurrent enrollment);
Description Provides a supervised opportunity for students to work on PLS 203 assignments.

PLS 205 Contract Law (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with C or higher
Description: Provides in-depth analysis of and hands-on experiences with contract law including contract formation and the elements of an enforceable contract, rights and obligations of the parties to a contract, contract performance and discharge, elements of breach of contract defenses to a claim of breach, remedies for breach, implied-in-law contracts, implied-in-fact contracts, promissory estoppels, and secured transactions. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 210 Torts (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Examines various theories of tort liability including intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, product liability, professional malpractice, defamation and related torts, and nuisance and related torts. Examines causation, vicarious liability, joint liability, and contributory and comparative negligence, as well as bad faith claims and tort reform. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.

PLS 215 Bankruptcy Law (3) (Paralegal Studies majors only)

Prerequisite: PLS 101 with a C or higher
Description: Introduces basic issues in bankruptcy law, including economic, ethical, and policy considerations as they apply to the competing interests of creditors and debtors. Introduces  various non-bankruptcy options and Bankruptcy Acts, with particular attention to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (“BAPCPA”) of 2005. Examines filing for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 and petitioning under Chapters 11, 12, and 13. To continue with other Paralegal Studies courses, a B or higher is required.
 

PLS 292 Paralegal Practicum (3) (Paralegal Studies major only; capstone)

Prerequisite: Requires program director approval
Description: In completing this practicum, students will demonstrate mastery of competencies through applying knowledge and skills specific to the Paralegal AAS degree
 

PLS 296 Paralegal Portfolio Development (1) (Paralegal Studies majors only; capstone)

Prerequisite: Requires program director approval; to be taken the last semester before graduation; (recommend concurrent enrollment in PLS 299) 
Description: Students will refine their portfolio elements completed in previous PLS courses and compile a final professional portfolio for employment presentation that will showcase samples of skills developed during the Paralegal AAS degree course of study. 

PLS 299 Paralegal Internship (2) (Paralegal Studies majors only; capstone)

Prerequisite: Requires program director approval; to be taken the second to the last semester before graduation. (recommend concurrent enrollment in PLS 296) 
Description: Requires a minimum of 120 hours of on-site work experience in the paralegal field. Students will demonstrate mastery of degree competencies through on-the-job application of knowledge and skills specific to the Paralegal AAS degree. Requires accomplishment of measurable learning objectives that can be documented and completed during the semester.
Note: Students will be responsible for finding internship positions (paid or unpaid).  For assistance in finding  internship opportunities, contact the Career Advising office one month prior to the beginning of the semester.

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