There are no prerequisites for this course.
There are no corequisites for this course.
||This course is the required introductory course for the paralegal
program designed to give the student an overview of the law office,
its function, and the role of the paralegal. The course covers legal
ethics, the court system, pleadings and process, and an introduction
to the areas of substantive law. It is a prerequisite or corequisite
for all other legal assisting courses.
- Miller and Meinzinger. Paralegal Today, 6th ed., Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN: 9781133591078
|Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will understand:
The major function the law serves in modern society.
How common law traditions are reflected in today's legal system.
How law is classified on the basis of its source and function.
The difference between substantive and procedural law.
The difference between civil and criminal law.
The general structure of the U.S. legal system at the federal, state,
and local levels.
The detailed structure of Florida state courts.
The differences in function and procedure among the trial courts,
appellate courts, and administrative hearings.
The function performed by the various officials involved in the
The factors which lead attorneys to employ paralegals/legal
The types of duties paralegals/legal assistants perform when working
in various areas of the law.
The ethical responsiblities imposed upon paralegals/legal assistants
and lawyers (including conflict of interest, confidentiality,
competence, solicitation, fees and billing, obligations of attorneys
to clients, and protection of client funds.
The nature of supervision that must be present to avoid unauthorized
practice of law.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
To achieve these learning outcomes the following will be performed:
Discuss the delivery of legal services and the respective roles of
the lawyer and legal assistant.
Relate the advantages and disadvantages of specialty clusters.
|Methods of Evaluation:
||Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
|| It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
|Student Email Accounts
||Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
|| For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.