CCOG for PL 281A Fall 2022
- Course Number:
- PL 281A
- Course Title:
- Paralegal Community Law Clinic
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Addendum to Course Description
Acts as a bridge between the classroom and the legal workforce by providing students the opportunity to develop and use practical legal skills while serving the legal needs of the community, under the supervision of a faculty attorney.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Communicate with clients about their legal needs and assist with projects that serve those needs, which may include but are not limited to expungements, legal name and gender-marker changes, landlord-tenant issues, immigration issues, and court fine and fee waivers.
- Identify and describe the area(s) of substantive law in which they are working, and identify and appropriately respond to ethical issues that arise.
- Develop time and project management practices for working in a community law setting.
- Describe the role of a paralegal in a community law setting and the impact their work has on other people and on the legal system.
- Collect and organize client information for community-based legal action.
Teaching paralegal students practical legal skills while increasing access to justice for low-income community members.
Teaching cultural competence in the legal field through readings, in-class training, and participation in legal clinics serving a wide variety of community members from diverse backgrounds.
Course Activities and Design
Flexible dependent upon the needs of student population, the specific areas of legal practice for the term, and the preferred teaching style of instructor, but will include hands-on legal work in a clinic setting such as filling out legal forms and drafting affidavits and declarations under the supervision of an attorney. May also include reading assignments, lectures, guest speakers, and legal drafting assignments.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment will be based, in part on attendance and participation in legal clinics and class activities, and may also include written assignments, individual research and writing, drafting relevant legal documents, and analysis of legal issues.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts & Issues
Providing students the opportunity to develop and use the practical legal skills needed to succeed as legal professionals, while providing free legal services, under the supervision of an attorney, to members of the community.
Competencies & Skills
1. Critically evaluate legal cases and identify and evaluate an individual's legal options, under the supervision of an attorney.
2. Provide legal services to members of the public, under the supervision of an attorney.
3. Draft enforceable legal documents, under the supervision of an attorney.
4. Engage in culturally-aware, effective communication with clients and colleagues.
5. Prioritize legal projects and manage time effectively.
6. Identify and appropriately respond to ethical issues that arise in a legal setting.
7. Understand and explain the context for a particular type of legal work within the larger legal system.
Choice of texts is at the discretion of each course instructor, but instructors are encouraged to make this an OER class and use publicly-available resources to give students context for the legal work they are doing.