Introduction to Paralegal Studies – PLST 200

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/30/2022

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the paralegal profession and the role of the paralegal within the law office. This survey course will introduce the student to the American legal system, civil litigation, criminal law and procedure, the appeals process, and substantive legal topics such as tort, contract law, and property law. Students will be taught a variety of administrative skills necessary in a law practice office including legal research, legal vocabulary, critical reading and writing, client interview, investigation, law office administration, and technologies. Legal ethics, professionalism, and biblical worldview will be taught.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to expose the learners to introductory-level essential elements of the legal system and the paralegal profession as well as introduce critical thinking skills on biblical, ethical, and legal levels as related to the study of Paralegalism.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, Bible readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The purpose of the course Discussions is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words. The student must also post 2 replies to classmates’ threads of at least 125 words. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 sources in current Bluebook format. Each reply must cite at least 1 source in current Bluebook format. Acceptable sources include the course textbook, the Bible, and legal sources.

Article Review Assignments (2)

The student will submit brief reviews discussing current news articles related to a trial or other actions that directly relate to the subject matter of civil litigation or criminal law. News articles used for this assignment must come from the newspaper, a news program, or some other reputable news source (either traditional such as a newspaper or news magazine, or from a reputable online source). Each review must be in current Bluebook format and be 1–2 full pages, double-spaced.

Quizzes (6)

There will be 6 open-book/open-notes quizzes that will be completed during the Module: Week in which they are assigned. Each quiz will contain 25 multiple-choice questions and will cover all of the required Learn materials found in that Module: Week. The student will have 1 hour to complete each quiz.