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LEGAL ASSISTING (PARALEGAL) (LAP)

LAP100 - Introduction to Paralegal Studies Credits: 3
This course is designed to present the basic knowledge needed to perform the work of a paralegal. An overview of the paralegal profession is presented with a basic legal vocabulary utilized. The basic skills of fact investigation, legal research and analysis combined with legal ethics are examined in detail.

LAP101 - Legal Research Credits: 3
The various legal sources and their uses are examined. Hands-on experience as a practical approach to the use of primary and secondary sources will be offered. Various methods of research will be considered. (Paralegals only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261 may be taken concurrently, LAP 100.

LAP102 - Legal Writing Credits: 3
A detailed introduction to legal writing with special emphasis on style and form. Students will be offered guidance to the preparation of memoranda and briefs with concentration on accuracy, brevity and clarity. (Paralegals only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261 may be taken concurrently, BUS 262, LAP 101.

LAP201 - Tort and Criminal Law Credits: 3
A basic knowledge of the law of torts with related skills required to be an effective paralegal assistant in the practice will be the main theme of the course. Criminal law is also considered by a survey of the nature, purposes and doctrine of modern law. (Fall only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261, 262, LAP 101, 102.

LAP202 - Estate Law Credits: 3
The various duties of lawyers and their representatives of an estate will be considered in detail. The analysis of the administration of an estate will include the Pennsylvania Probate practice including grants of letters, probate of will, duties following grants of letters, family exemptions, election against the will, and the administration of real estate. (Spring only/Paralegals only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261, 262; LAP 201, LAP 101, LAP 102.

LAP203 - Corporate Law Credits: 3
The incorporation process undertaken by lawyers and legal assistants including the laws of incorporation, the qualifications of foreign jurisdictions, amendments to by-laws, close corporations, shareholders meetings, employment agreements and corporate distributions are examined in detail. (Spring only/Paralegals only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261, 262, LAP 101, LAP 102.

LAP204 - Bankruptcy Law Credits: 3
The background and objectives of current bankruptcy law with an understanding of the Bankruptcy Code will be considered. The Code and Rules are analyzed with emphasis on the practical aspects of filing and handling a bankruptcy case. (Spring only/Paralegals only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261, 262, LAP 101, LAP 102.

LAP205 - Family Law Credits: 3
An overview of the various objectives, classes and sources of family law. The course analyzes family law including areas of antenuptial agreements, contract cohabitation, common law marriages, annulment, divorce procedure and tax proceedings. (Paralegals only/Fall only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261, 262, LAP 101, 102.

LAP206 - Civil Litigation for the Paralegal Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide an overview of the court system and litigation process. The concepts of jurisdiction and venue are reviewed in detail. The chronological plan of litigation, concentrating on the importance of the opening stages of a lawsuit, interviewing skills; writing and filing of a pleadings reexamined minutely. The final stages of litigation with the appropriate avenues of discovery and posttrial procedures is provided with suggestions to students in the form of practical illustrations. (Spring only)

Prerequisites: BUS 261, 262, LAP 101, 102.

LAP279 - Legal Assisting Internship Credits: 3
Student is given the opportunity to do an internship in the legal profession. Internships may be done in any legal environment with the approval of the business department. This internship is intended to give the student practical work experience in the private and public law sectors in doing the work required of a paralegal. The student will be supervised by the coordinator of the internship.

Prerequisite: 18 credits of LAP with a minimum GPA of 2.0.