Legal (LEGL)

LEGL 223

LEGAL OFFICE PROCEDURES

2.5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: BUS 182 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: FALL

Provides training for students who desire to work as legal office clerks, secretaries, or executive assistants to gain an understanding of legal terminology, legal procedures, the court system, preparation of court documents, and the concepts of civil procedures in various areas of the law operative in California. [D; CSU] (Formerly: BUS 223)

LEGL 225

LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides students with an overview of the structure and organization of law firms and function of the legal team. Emphasizes effective law office management techniques and systems, including those for billing, calendaring, case management, file and library management, technology management, attorney-client relations, and ethical concerns. [D; CSU]

LEGL 228

LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Prepares students to work in a legal office, agency, or court setting. Reviews legal terminology commonly used in civil, probate, family, and criminal law pleadings and documentation. [D; CSU] (Formerly: BUS 228)

LEGL 255

INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Overview of the American system of government as it relates to our system of law; concepts and terminology in procedures, estates, business, contracts, property, and criminal law; and basic introduction to legal case analysis and the law library. [D; CSU]

LEGL 256

INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR BUSINESS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: BUS 140 or LEGL 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a basic explanation of the laws governing international trade, licensing, intellectual property, importing, exporting, investment, and economic integration. Emphasizes and analyzes the legal, political, business, and ethical issues regarding international business and litigation. [D; CSU]

LEGL 257

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND LEGAL COMMUNICATION: SPANISH

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: SPAN 215 or equivalent.

Prerequisite: BUS 70 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes principles of English and Spanish interpretation and translation applied to common business and legal documents focusing on terminology, idiomatic expressions, currencies, business and legal protocols, and cultural variations among Spanish-speaking countries. [D; CSU]

LEGL 258

LEGAL COMMUNICATIONS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 260 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Preparation of legal reports, client correspondence, motions, case briefs, legal memoranda, and oral communications utilized in a variety of legal contexts. [D; CSU]

LEGL 259

LEGAL ASSISTANT: AN INTRODUCTION

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Introduces students to the SWC Legal Assistant program. Provides students with information about career opportunities, and to help gain basic knowledge about the role of the legal assistant in the legal community. Covers legal ethics, legal terminology, and the court system. [D; CSU]

LEGL 260

LEGAL RESEARCH

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 and 261, or equivalent; BUS 211 or ENGL 114 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College English Assessment or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Prepares students in legal research techniques, primarily focusing on traditional text-based techniques with an introduction to online legal database and Internet research. Provides students instruction on how to identify sources of law, to discuss their interrelationships, to define and find primary and secondary authority, to learn how to employ finding tools to analyze information, to formulate legal issues, and to draw conclusions regarding the possible outcomes of legal situations. Introduces the legal writing process. [D; CSU] (Formerly: BUS 260)

LEGL 261

CIVIL LITIGATION I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 228 or LEGL 255 and LEGL 259 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces civil litigation, starting with parties and jurisdiction. Covers pre-trial, trial, and appeals. Requires students to draft pleadings, motions, and discovery. [D; CSU] (Formerly: BUS 261)

LEGL 262

IMMIGRATION LAW AND PROCEDURE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 228 or 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides an overview on immigration law and procedure, starting with the Immigration Act of 1990 and the Code of Federal Regulations. Summarizes citizenship, admissibility, deportability, admission, and removal processes. Requires students to draft immigration forms. [D; CSU] (Formerly: BUS 262)

LEGL 263

FAMILY LAW

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 228 or LEGL 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers domestic relations, domestic violence, marital dissolution, child custody, child and spousal support, and visitation. Requires students to prepare family court documents. [D; CSU] (Formerly: BUS 263)

LEGL 264

WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Trains paralegals and other legal personnel in the laws and legal procedures for wills, trusts, and probate, as well as the concepts and methodology of estate planning and estate administration. [D;CSU] (Formerly: BUS 264)

LEGL 266

MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION, AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a hands-on introduction to the practice of mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and interest-based conflict resolution. Reviews the formal mediation process and related skills in communication and negotiation for important workplace competencies. [D; CSU]

LEGL 267

INTERVIEWING AND INVESTIGATION FOR PARALEGALS

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or 261 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Discusses rules of procedure, evidence, and ethics as a framework for investigating client and case facts, organizing and working with evidence and conducting a professional interview. Includes mock interviews with children and individuals from some of the varied cultures represented in our community. [D; CSU]

LEGL 268

COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH (CALR)

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $3

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 260 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Trains students to find primary and secondary authority in legal research and to verify accuracy and currency of information by utilizing electronic resources through Lexis Advance and the Internet. Provides practice in locating legal materials, developing online query techniques, and verifying research. [D; CSU]

LEGL 269

CIVIL LITIGATION PROCEDURES

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 261 or equivalent; knowledge of keyboard and ability to type 25 wpm.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: SPRING

Provides an in-depth review of the litigation process at the state and federal levels including pre-trial, trial, and post-trial proceedings. Includes topics on how to fill out forms, draft pleadings and correspondences, and organize files and evidence for trials and appeals. [D; CSU]

LEGL 270

COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS

2.5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 223, 228, 255, or BUS 229, or equivalent; ability to type 25 wpm.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Helps students in legal secretarial, paralegal, administration of justice or related careers. Allows students to gain skills in developing both court and non-court documents on the computer. Reviews basic word processing skills and preparation of common legal forms and documents including correspondence, minutes, contracts, newsletters, bylaws, footnotes, headers and footers, mail merge, macros, legal templates, tables of authorities, pleadings, billing statements, and attorney/ paralegal time records using computer software. [D; CSU]

LEGL 271

INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 and LEGL 259 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Introduces trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Produces trademarks, copyrights, and parts of a patent. Reviews both domestic and international procedures involved in registration of intellectual property, duration of rights, and protection from infringement. [D; CSU]

LEGL 272

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or BUS 140 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers the law and practice of business entities, including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, the limited liability companies, and various types of corporations. Emphasizes the principles of agency, formation and structure of a corporation, and the preparation of documents necessary to form and operate business organizations. [D; CSU]

LEGL 290

LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE I

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Paralegal studies or Legal Office Professional major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

[ Student must complete no fewer than seven units, including work experience, during each semester in order to receive credit.] Application of the principles and skills learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal Office Professional program to on-the-job work assignments. Student is required to attend a one-hour coordinating class weekly. The student's field performance will be evaluated by his/her employer and by the instructor. [D; CSU]

LEGL 291

LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE II

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: LEGL 290 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Paralegal studies or Legal Office Professional major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

[ Student must complete no fewer than seven units, including work experience, during each semester in order to receive credit.] Application of the principles and skills learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal Office Professional program to on-the-job work assignments. Student is required to attend a one-hour coordinating class weekly. The student's field performance will be evaluated by his/her employer and by the instructor. [D; CSU]

LEGL 292

LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE III

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: LEGL 291 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Paralegal studies or Legal Office Professional major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

[ Student must complete no fewer than seven units, including work experience, during each semester in order to receive credit.] Application of the principles and skills learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal Office Professional program to on-the-job work assignments. Student is required to attend a one-hour coordinating class weekly. The student's field performance will be evaluated by his/her employer and by the instructor. [D; CSU]

LEGL 293

LEGAL COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IV

2-4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: LEGL 292 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Paralegal studies or Legal Office Professional major.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

[ Student must complete no fewer than seven units, including work experience, during each semester in order to receive credit.] Application of the principles and skills learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal Office Professional program to on-the-job work assignments. Student is required to attend a one-hour coordinating class weekly. The student's field performance will be evaluated by his/her employer and by the instructor. [D; CSU]

LEGL 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of legal assistant of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]