School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Paralegal: A 7-Quarter Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
Arlington, TX Campus

Course Descriptions

CO2520T Communications | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

The course focuses on the history, principles and techniques of interpersonal, organizational and mass communications, and on communicating using written, verbal and visual formats. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320T Composition I or equivalent

EN1320T Composition I | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145T Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

EN1420T Composition II | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with additional emphasis in rhetorical structures, argumentation, and research. Presenting strong arguments using visual and oral communication techniques is also included. Prerequisite: EN1320T Composition I or equivalent

GS1140T Problem Solving Theory | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

GS1145T Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4.5 credit hours

This course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society, including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

GS2745T Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional | 3.0 credit hours

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CO2520T Communications or equivalent

LE1430T Fundamentals of Criminal Law | 4.5 credit hours

4.5 credits hours, 54 units of course time spent in classroom activities

LE2630T Fundamentals of Constitutional Law | 4.5 credit hours

4.5 credits hours, 54 units of course time spent in classroom activities

MA1210T College Mathematics I | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140T Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

PL1110T Introduction to Paralegal | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the paralegal''s role in the legal services industry, including an introduction to client interaction, case preparation, legal research, courtroom assistance and related ethical considerations. The structure of the American legal system and its processes are examined.

PL1240T Research and Writing for the Paralegal I | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to the process of legal research, and explores basic skills and techniques necessary to create effective written legal documents. Study includes focus on ethical considerations in conducting legal research. Prerequisite: PL1110T Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent

PL1250T Law Office Technology | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to software applications used in law offices. Students create documents, spreadsheets and electronic presentations for trial. Students work with database and case management software, and study the ethical implications of electronic discovery. Prerequisites: PL1110T Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent, GS1145T Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

PL1310T Introduction to Civil Litigation | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to the litigation process in civil courts. Students prepare for client interviews, gather and assemble case facts, and create various civil trial and appellate documents. Students examine ethical issues related to civil litigation. Prerequisite: PL1240T Research and Writing for the Paralegal I or equivalent

PL1340T Research and Writing for the Paralegal II | 4.5 credit hours

Building on principles of legal research and writing, this course expands the research process to include analysis and validation of case law. Students write a case brief, an internal memorandum of law and other legal documents. Prerequisite: PL1240T Research and Writing for the Paralegal I or equivalent

PL1410T Fundamentals of Tort Law | 4.5 credit hours

This course is an overview of fundamentals of tort law. Students explore liability and compensation concerns related to civil wrongdoing. Students apply principles of intentional torts, negligence and strict liability to a variety of elements of torts. Students also study ethics and personal responsibility. Prerequisite: PL1310T Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

PL2520T Fundamentals of Family Law | 4.5 credit hours

This course is an overview of fundamentals of family law, including prenuptial agreements, marriage, adoption, separation, divorce, property division, spousal support, child custody and support, visitation and paternity actions. Students focus on procedures and legal documents related to family law. Prerequisite: PL1310T Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

PL2525T Fundamentals of Contract Law | 4.5 credit hours

This course is an overview of fundamentals of contract law, including contractual elements and standard contractual provisions, contract provisions in selected practice areas, the Statute of Frauds and the Uniform Commercial Code. Students draft simple contracts and study the ethics of contractual relationships. Prerequisite: PL1310T Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

PL2799T Paralegal Capstone Project | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides a culminating experience in the Paralegal program. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate competency and knowledge they have developed throughout the program. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 75 credits earned in the program of study including PL1310T Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

PS1350T American Government | A 4.5 credit hour Social Science course

This course examines principles and theory related to the United States federal government, including the development and foundations of the U.S. Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties, the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: EN1320T Composition I or equivalent

SC1130T Survey of the Sciences | A 4.5 credit hour Science course

This survey course is designed to familiarize the student with the methods of rational inquiry and problem solving in the sciences. Students will explore a selection of topics in the scientific fields including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science, to develop basic scientific literacy and the ability to critically analyze issues of science. This course includes a laboratory component.

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