School of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice

Paralegal: Associate of Science Degree
Atlanta, GA Campus

Course Descriptions

CO2520 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 EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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EN1320 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: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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EN1420 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: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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GS1140 Problem Solving Theory | 4.5 credit hours

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

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GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4.5 credit hours

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

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GS2745 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: CO2520 Communications or equivalent

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LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law | 4.5 credit hours

This course is an overview of criminal law, criminal procedures and crimes against person, property or public order. Students also explore the distinction between criminal law and civil law. Prerequisite: PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent or CJ1110 Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent; Prerequisites or Corequisites: EN1420 Composition II or equivalent, PS1350 American Government or equivalent

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LE2630 Fundamentals of Constitutional Law | 4.5 credit hours

This course is an overview of the basic concepts of constitutional law, including judicial review, separation of powers, the powers of the President and Congress and federalism. Students explore individual rights and liberties, including the right to privacy and the rights of criminal defendants. Prerequisite: LE1430 Fundamentals of Criminal Law or equivalent

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MA1210 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: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the paralegals 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.

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PL1240 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: PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent

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PL1250 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: PL1110 Introduction to Paralegal or equivalent, GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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PL1310 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: PL1240 Research and Writing for the Paralegal I or equivalent

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PL1340 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: PL1240 Research and Writing for the Paralegal I or equivalent

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PL1410 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: PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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PL2520 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: PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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PL2525 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: PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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PL2799 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 PL1310 Introduction to Civil Litigation or equivalent

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PS1350 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: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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SC1130 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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Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2010
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