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Course Content and Outcome Guide for PL 102

Course Number:
PL 102
Course Title:
Intro to Law-Substantive Areas
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Continues the study of several substantive areas of law. Prerequisite: PL 101. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Areas of law covered will include criminal, contracts and property, and may include employment, insurance, corporations, juvenile and/or environmental.  A Core course, required for either a Legal Assistant Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion the student 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.
Draft a legal pleading.

Course Activities and Design

Course format is lecture with class discussion, as well as individual and small group problem solving.  It may include guest speaker(s) and a trip to a law library.  Homework will be primarily reading and application of law to problems presented.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based upon homework completion and class participation (25%), mid-term exam (25%), and final exam (50%). Exams will be a combination of recall in short answer/short essay form, and problem solving essay form.  The latter will be mostly open book.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Demonstrate an understanding of the substantive areas covered  by application of relevant law to given fact patterns.
Participate in hands on introductory experience at law library with report of problem presented and materials consulted.
Contribute to class discussions and small group problem solving.
Write grammatically correct, cogently reasoned and authoritively supported analysis of problems/fact patterns presented on exams.

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 6

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
Draft a legal pleading

Activities:

Instruction and application of legal specific mathematical computations appropriate for an introductory course, such as child support, damages and rent calculations

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
Draft a legal pleading

Activities:

Instruction and course assignments on briefing, written assignments, written projects and oral presentation and drafting of legal pleading

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
Draft a legal pleading

Activities:

Team project requiring collaboration with classmate