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Course Content and Outcome Guide for PL 101

Course Number:
PL 101
Course Title:
Introduction to Law - Fundamentals
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
30
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers sources and function of law in the United States, court systems and procedure, introductory legal analysis, and an overview of civil and administrative law. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course surveys our federal and state court systems, introduces civil and administrative procedure, introduces the substantive law of torts, and teaches the beginnings of legal analysis through case briefing, statutory construction and application of law and procedure to fact situations.  A core course, required for a Legal Assistant Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

Utilize analytic skills applying substantive and procedural law to fact situations.
Use legal terminology effectively in the legal field.
Brief a court opinion.
Communicate regarding substantive and procedural legal topics.

Course Activities and Design

Course is a combination of lecture, discussion and problem-solving.Students work individually and in small groups.  One court visit is required.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades are based upon completion of homework assignments (case briefs/problems, memo re court visit) (25%), mid-term (25%), and final exam (50%).  The exams are a combination of open and closed book tests, requiring recall of material read and/or covered in class discussion or homework, and the ability to apply the law and procedure covered to new fact situations.  

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Demonstrate understanding of:
         
          branches and basic functions of U.S. government;
          sources of law in this country;
          relationship between state and federal law; and
          civil and administrative procedure.
Correctly cite a U.S. Supreme Court case and explain its meaning.
Contribute to group analysis of cases/problems.
Brief a case.
Provide a well written, thorough analysis of a problem, by application of law and procedure to given facts, to arrive at a cogent and well supported conclusion.
 

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 3

Outcomes:

Utilize analytic skills applying substantive and procedural law to fact situations
Use legal terminology effectively
Brief a court opinion
Communicate regarding substantive and procedural legal topics
 

Activities:

Instruction and application of legal specific mathematical computations appropriate for an introductory course, such as damage calculations and case citations.

Communication
Hours: 20

Outcomes:

Utilize analytic skills applying substantive and procedural law to fact situations
Use legal terminology effectively
Brief a court opinion
Communicate regarding substantive and procedural legal topics

Activities:

Instruction and course assignments on briefing, written assignments, projects and oral presentation

Human Relations
Hours: 3

Outcomes:

Utilize analytic skills applying substantive and procedural law to fact situations
Use legal terminology effectively
Brief a court opinion
Communicate regarding substantive and procedural legal topics

Activities:

Collaboration with classmates on written and oral projects.