District Syllabus
PLA1003
The Legal Profession


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: This course is designed to provide students an overview of the legal system including ethics, our court system, and the functions of a law office, and introduction to procedural and substantive law, and an introduction to civil trial practice.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Miller. Paralegal Today: The Legal Team At Work, 6 ed., Cengage, 2014. ISBN: 9781285414812
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: None
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 
judicial system.
The factors which lead attorneys to employ paralegals/legal 
assistants.
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.
Flexibility: 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.
Note: 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.