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Legal Assistant (LGL)

LGL-111 Introduction Law and Paralegal, 3 cr.
An introduction to the legal profession with special emphasis on the responsibilities of the paralegal. Students will learn the core skills required of paralegals, including verbal and written communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, and investigation and case management. The course also addresses the ethical obligations of paralegals.
 
LGL-120 Intro to Law & Paralegal, 2 cr.
An introduction to the legal profession, with special emphasis on the responsibilities of the paralegal. Students will learn the core skills required of paralegals, including verbal and written communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, and investigation and case management.
 
LGL-121 Law Office Software, 1 cr.
This course introduces the fundamentals of how to use computer technology to accomplish tasks performed by paralegals in a law office.
 
LGL-122 Legal Ethics, 2 cr.
This course will introduce students to the types of ethical dilemmas that they will face in the law office setting; generally to the ethical rules developed by the American Bar Association, to the rules adopted by this jurisdiction for the regulation of attorney and paralegal conduct, to the model codes of paralegal associations; and to methods for researching the answers to ethical dilemmas.
 
LGL-140 Wills, Trusts and Estate Admin, 3 cr.
A study of wills, trusts, probate procedures, estate administration taxes, and testate and intestate succession. Students will learn how to draft basic wills, trusts, and advance health care directives. Students will also learn how to administer a typical estate.
 
LGL-151 Legal Research & Writing I, 4 cr.
An introduction to the legal research and writing process with an emphasis on writing case briefs and objective memoranda of law.
 
LGL-152 Legal Research & Writing II, 4 cr.
An advanced application of the legal research and writing process with an emphasis on writing persuasive memoranda and briefs.
 
LGL-154 Legal Research, 4 cr.
This course introduces students to various print and electronic legal research media, with a heightened focus on state of Iowa and federal statutory and case law. Students will learn how to carry out legal research assignments using both primary and secondary resources. The methods of updating and expanding research and how to properly cite legal sources in memoranda and other documents will also be presented. Print and electronic methods for finding legal authority will be utilized.
 
LGL-161 Legal Writing, 4 cr.
In this course, students will utilize and apply the research skills developed in Legal Research (LGL 151), to research and draft opinion letters and other types of legal correspondence, an objective interoffice memorandum, and a persuasive motion brief. Appellate briefs will also be introduced. A foundational aspect of the course will be developing students’ legal reasoning skills.  
 
LGL-180 Torts and Litigation, 3 cr.
A study of tort law, including negligent, intentional, and strict liability torts. Students will learn how to draft pleadings, discovery requests, and pretrial documents in tort cases.
 
LGL-200 American Trial Process, 3 cr.
A study of the American trial process. Students will research, prepare and present a hypothetical case to a judge and jury.
 
LGL-205 Employment Law, 3 cr.
Study of what law applies to the Employment setting. Introduction to Employment Discrimination, Whisteblower Protection, Wage and Hours laws, Sexual Harassment, Worker’s Compensation, Employer Tort Liability, Unemployment Insurance, and liability issues arising under OSHA, ERISA and other Federal Statutes.
 
LGL-210 Contract Law, 3 cr.
This course surveys the basic principles of contract law, including capacity, formation, conditions, enforcement, statute of frauds, performance and breach, remedies, defenses, and third-party rights. Portions of the Uniform Commercial Code relating to contracts for the sale of goods will also be discussed. The role of the paralegal in gathering information, researching, and drafting contract documents is emphasized throughout.
 
LGL-230 Criminal Law & Procedure, 3 cr.
Examination of the more common crimes, criminal defenses and the procedures used to process a criminal case from arrest to final disposition.
 
LGL-240 Civil Procedure and Practice, 4 cr.
A study of civil procedure using the civil procedure rules. Students will learn how to draft demand letters, pleadings, motions, discovery, and judgments. Students will also learn how to prepare a small claims case.
 
LGL-242 Civil Procedure & Practice, 3 cr.
Introduces students to the various practice rules of procedure in the civil court system, and the role of a paralegal at every stage of pre-trial litigation. The rules of civil procedure and evidence at both the state and federal level will be emphasized. Topics covered include initial client contact, interviewing, investigation and identification of claims and issues, initiating and responding to the lawsuit, the discovery process, settlement, trial preparation, and preparation and filing of appropriate litigation documents.
 
LGL-250 Family Law, 3 cr.
Study of law and procedures relative to marriage, dissolution and adoption.
 
LGL-941 Practicum, 4 cr., 6 cr.

Supervised work experience in a law office, legal services office or other law-related agency. 

LGL-942 Paralegal Practicum, 2 cr.
Supervised work experience in a law office, legal services office, or other law-related agency.

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