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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013

School of Law – Online Programs

Mathew D. Staver, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Vice President and Dean, School of Law
Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy
Professor of Law

Joseph M. Wiegand, B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M.
Associate Dean for Internal Affairs and Online Programs, School of Law
Director, Paralegal Studies Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law


PURPOSE
Liberty University School of Law exists to equip future leaders in law with a superior legal education in fidelity to the Christian faith expressed through the Holy Scriptures.

  • Equip future leaders in law. Inspiring students and preparing them to excel and lead in their profession.
  • With a superior legal education. Constructing and implementing an education characterized by excellence.
  • In fidelity to the Christian faith. Adhering to the perspective that shaped the Western legal tradition.
  • Expressed through the Holy Scriptures. Pursuing truth in a context of free thought and expression informed by a standard.

Paralegal Studies Major (B.S.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (B.S.)
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in legal research and writing skills as required in the legal field.
  2. Integrate ideas from various sources and courses and communicate those ideas using computer skills and/or oral communication skills.
  3. Critically analyze and process legal issues based on foundational legal principles.
  4. Demonstrate broad-based knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal and State court systems, and legal processes, both civil and criminal.
  5. Evaluate legal issues from a distinctively Christian worldview as well as understand and apply ethics as it relates to paralegal studies.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in a specialized area of law.

Program of Study

Paralegal Studies Major (B.S.) (Online)
General Education Requirements (45 hrs)
Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
Core Courses (30 hrs)
PLAW 200 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (D) 3
PLAW 205 Foundations of Law (D) 3
PLAW 210 Legal Research and Writing (D) 3
PLAW 220 Civil Practice (D) 3
PLAW 222 Real Estate Transactions and Property (D) 3
PLAW 225 Tort Law (D) 3
PLAW 230 Criminal Practice and Procedures (D) 3
PLAW 235 Wills, Trusts, and Estates (D) 3
PLAW 340 Family Law (D) 3
PLAW 350 Corporate and Business Organizational Law (D) 3
Choose five courses (15 hrs) from the following: 15
Any PLAW courses not listed above
BUSI 301, 303, 342, 360, 409 or 472
CJUS 200, 230, 300, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 400, 410, 420
GOVT 302, 480
Free Electives (30 hrs) 1
TOTAL HOURS: 120 minimum; 30 hours must be upper level

Student may need 9 hrs or more of upper level electives to fulfill 30 hour upper level requirement


Paralegal Studies Major (A.A.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in legal research and writing skills as required in the legal field.
  2. Integrate ideas from various sources and courses and communicate those ideas using computer skills and/or oral communication skills.
  3. Critically analyze and process legal issues based on foundational legal principles.
  4. Demonstrate broad-based knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal and State court systems, and legal processes, both civil and criminal.
  5. Evaluate legal issues from a distinctively Christian worldview as well as understand and apply ethics as it relates to paralegal studies.

Program of Study

Paralegal Studies Major (A.A.) (Online)
General Education Requirements (39 hrs)
Courses in the Major (21 hrs)
PLAW 200 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (D) 3
PLAW 205 Foundations of Law (D) 3
PLAW 210 Legal Research and Writing (D) 3
PLAW 222 Real Estate Transactions and Property (D) 3
PLAW 225 Tort Law (D) 3
PLAW 220 Civil Practice (D) 3
OR
PLAW 230 Criminal Practice and Procedures (D)
PLAW Elective 1 3
TOTAL HOURS: 60 minimum

May choose any PLAW course not listed above, BUSI 301, 303, 342, 360, 409, 472, CJUS 200, 230, 300, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 400, 410, 420, GOVT 302, 480


Liberty University en Español

The School of Law also offers the Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies online through Liberty University en Español.  Additional information is available at http://www.luonline.com /index.cfm?PID=21499.



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