District Syllabus
Legal Research And Writing I

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: PLA1003 The Paralegal And The Legal Profession
Catalog Description:
This course emphasizes learning to use the law library, basic 
research of both common law and statutory sources, tools and 
techniques for research, and introduces legal writing culminating in 
the student writing a legal memorandum.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Association of Legal Writing Directors and Dickerson. ALWD Citation Manual, 4th ed., Aspen, 2010. ISBN: 9780735589308
  • Bouchoux. Legal Research & Writing for Paralegals, 6 ed., Aspen, 2011. ISBN: 9780735598652
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the program students will:
  1. Demonstrate written skills required in a law office to communicate effectively through legal correspondence.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, and legal behavior expected of paralegals consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and organizational norms.
  3. Prepare accurate and effective pleadings and papers for filing with the court.
  4. Identify and research legal issues, analyze the applicable law, and construct a responsive and correct legal memorandum.
  5. Perform the tasks expected of a paralegal in a law office environment.
Course Learning Outcomes:
To achieve these learning outcomes, the following will be performed:
    Demonstrate how to analogize the facts and law of one case to the facts of a given legal example.
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of legal research as demonstrated by the writing of a memorandum on a given legal question.
  2. Explain the steps in finding the sources and reaching a conclusion for a question regarding common law.
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 explanation is 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.

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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.

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