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Courses Offered

LEGL 240 INTRODUCTION TO LAW (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, or equivalent.
An overview of the U.S. legal system. The curriculum covers fundamental principles and topics in civil and criminal law and provides an introduction to critical legal analysis. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 245 PARALEGAL PROFESSION (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, or equivalent.
An overview of the paralegal profession: roles and responsibilities in the modern law office, preparing for a legal career, job skills, and professional ethics. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 247 PARALEGAL PROFESSION II (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture. Prerequisite: LEGL 245 or equivalent. Recommended: Successful completion of at least 3 of the following core courses in paralegal studies: LEGL 240, 250, 252, 430, and either LEGL 290 or 671.
Capstone course. Provides opportunities for students to integrate paralegal knowledge and skills and complete a portfolio of professional documents. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 250 LEGAL RESEARCH, WRITING, ANDANALYSIS I (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 245, or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
Introduction to basic techniques of legal research, writing, and analysis – essential tools of the legal profession. Students will research legal issues, frame legal arguments, and analyze legal problems. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 252 CIVIL LITIGATION I (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: LEGL 240, or equivalent.
An introduction to concepts in civil litigation, with a specific focus on the initial phases of the lawsuit and pleadings. Students will study and practice key litigation skills for paralegals, such as interviewing clients, conducting investigations, and drafting pleadings.Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 260 LEGAL RESEARCH, WRITING,, AND ANALYSIS II (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: LEGL 250, or equivalent.
Advanced instruction in legal research, writing, and analysis. Students will research legal issues, analyze legal arguments, and draft legal memos.Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 265 LABOR LAW AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

A survey course examining the role of labor in the American community. Specific course content will include the history of the labor movement, administration of labor unions, contemporary labor law, and an analysis of the collective bargaining process. Scope is expanded to include public sector labor relations as well as its traditional private sector counterpart. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 266 PROBATES, ESTATES, AND TRUSTS (1 or 3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: One or more law related courses completed or taken concurrently and eligibility for ENGL 836.

A study of the fundamental principles of the law of wills and trusts, the administration of estates, and gift, inheritance and estate taxes. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 275 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND CIVIL LIBERTIES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, or equivalent.
Focus on the Constitution as the basis for individual civil liberties in the United States. Students will investigate legal controversies related to current and past struggles for equal rights and justice. Transfer credit: CSU (D3).

LEGL 290 COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES CLINIC (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-36 lecture/48-54 lab. Prerequisite: LEGL 240, or LEGL 245, and/or LEGL 250, or equivalent.
Builds legal skills and knowledge via an innovative combination of classroom instruction and meaningful community service. Under the close supervision of a licensed attorney, paralegal students will work collaboratively with colleagues and clients to address legal problems while serving our community. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 304 CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 240 or ADMJ 100, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Historical development and philosophy of criminal law and constitutional provisions. Special emphasis on legal definitions, the classifications of crime and their application to the administration of justice system. Study of case law, methodology, and concepts of law as a social force. Also listed as ADMJ 104. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 305 JUDICIAL PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

An overview of the federal court system, the California courts, and administrative agency tribunals. Careful examination of roles and relationships of the courthouse work group. Also listed as ADMJ 205. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 306 LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 240 or ADMJ 100, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence; constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions and interpreting individual rights and case studies. Also listed as ADMJ 106. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 320 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 240 or ADMJ 100, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A course designed for introductory and in-service Administration of Justice students to provide orientation to general and specific aspects of crimes and detection. The course will also cover crime scene searches and suspect apprehension. Also listed as ADMJ 120. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 354 CIVIL LITIGATION II (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: LEGL 252, or equivalent.
Key topics in civil litigation, with a specific focus on discovery, trial, and appeals. Students will learn litigation skills, such as conducting discovery, filing motions, and providing litigation support. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 430 LAW OFFICE TECHNOLOGY (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture/48-54 lab. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and BCM. 104, or equivalent; and LEGL 245 or equivalent.
Hands-on instruction in technologies designed for use by legal professionals. Special emphasis is given to relevant technological skills for paralegals and legal support staff. Transfer credit: CSU.
LEGL 443 LAW OFFICE PROCEDURES (1-3)
Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture/24-27 lab hours by arrangement for each unit. Prerequisites: BCM. 212 or 214 and BUS. 400 or equivalent skills. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Intensive training in procedures applicable to secretarial duties in law offices. Emphasis on legal terminology, legal documents and correspondence, dictation, and transcription. Also listed as BUS. 443. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 445 LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: BCM. 214, or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to the fundamentals of law office administration, personnel management, and accounting operations. Designed to familiarize legal paraprofessionals (legal secretaries, paralegals and law office clerks) with the practical inner workings of a law office, including an understanding of law office fundamentals. Law office management goes beyond analyzing mere productivity and includes being sensitive to ethical concerns and providing quality legal services to clients. Also listed as BUS. 445. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 671 PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP I (4)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/75 volunteer work hours. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Students are strongly advised to complete or enroll concurrently in LEGL 443 or LEGL 445.
Paralegal students gain practical hands-on experience through unpaid volunteer internships at public and private legal organizations. Internships bridge classroom learning with real world experience and offer students professional career development. Interns are supervised on-site by professional legal personnel and off site by a paralegal instructor. Transfer credit: CSU.