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Course Content and Outcome Guide for PL 103

Course Number:
PL 103
Course Title:
Introduction to Law - Ethics
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers Oregon ethics rules and their practical application for the paralegal. Includes application of rules via systems and procedures used in law practice. Prerequisite: PL 101. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Also relates the Oregon ethics rules to the ABA Model Guidelines For the Utilization of Legal Assistant Services, the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and the NFPA Affirmation of Responsibility. A core course, required for a Legal Assistant Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree.
 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion student will be able to:

Apply and utilize fundamental concepts of professional legal ethics
Apply and utilize analytic skills applying professional legal ethics to fact situations
Avoid malpractice and violations of professional ethical rules
Use resources available to paralegals for dealing with ethical issues

Course Activities and Design

For each class session, three students will be responsible for fieldingquestions related to the readings and problems assigned for the week.

 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based upon student performance on:  four in-class assignments (40%);  four out-of-class assignments (40%); and the final exam which has two parts, part I has two to four required problems (20%) and part II has two optional problems which can be substituted for the scores on any in- or out-of-class assignment. 

Late assignments receive an "F", and students who do not do part I of the final receive an "F" as the course grade.
 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Recognize the potential for and institute procedures to avoid ethical problems such as conflicts of interest, commingling funds, communicating with a represented party and unlawful practice of law.

Apply given rules to novel fact situations involving such ethical issues as lawyer advertising, zealously representing a client's interests within the bounds of the law, preserving confidentiality, and malpractice.  

 

Related Instruction

Communication
Hours: 20

Outcomes:

Apply and utilize fundamental concepts of professional legal ethics
Apply and utilize analytic skills applying professional legal ethics to fact situations
Avoid malpractice and violations of professional ethical rules
Use resources available to paralegals for dealing with ethical issues

Activities:

Discussion and written exercises regarding professional ethics. Includes application of rules, role playing, peer feedback, discussion of text and text problems, individual and group oral and written projects.

Human Relations
Hours: 60

Outcomes:

Apply and utilize fundamental concepts of professional legal ethics
Apply and utilize analytic skills applying professional legal ethics to fact situations
Avoid malpractice and violations of professional ethical rules
Use resources available to paralegals for dealing with ethical issues

Activities:

Discussion and written exercises regarding professional ethics. Includes application of rules, role playing, peer feedback, discussion of text and text problems, individual and group oral and written projects. Includes review of state rules, classroom presentation re: professional rules, application of rules to fact situations, role playing and peer and self evaluation.