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PLEG-105

Civil Procedure and Litigation

Credit(s): 3

Civil procedures is a course designed to teach students the steps necessary to institute and advance a civil lawsuit from the initial client interview through trial. Emphasis is placed on drafting documents instrumental in a civil lawsuit as well as understanding the process. This is a required course in the Paralegal and Legal Administrative Assistant programs. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PLEG-106

Introduction to Paralegal Profession and Legal Ethics

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to the American and Idaho legal institutions and processes. It examines the sources of law, the relationships between the federal and state court systems, legal reasoning, ethical standards, and the role of the paralegal. The Code of Professional Responsibility and the Code of Judicial Ethics are used to examine the boundaries of authorized practices, confidentiality, and delegation of authority. Law office administration is introduced and emphasis on legal fees, timekeeping, billing, and docket control systems. This course is required in the Paralegal and Legal Administrative Assistant programs. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PLEG-110

Introduction to Law

Credit(s): 2

This course is an introduction to the American and Idaho legal institutions and processes. It examines the sources of law, the relationships between the federal and state court systems, legal reasoning, ethical standards, and the role of the paralegal. Law office administration is introduced and emphasis on legal fees, timekeeping, billing, and docket control systems. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PLEG-115

Legal Terminology

Credit(s): 1

This course introduces the spelling, pronunciation, definition, and usage of basic legal terms. The course broadly covers general law terms as well as specialized legal terminology. Topics include word origins, word building, abbreviations and symbols, correct spelling, pronunciation, and meanings of terminology related to the course system, contracts, family law, real estate, litigation, wills/probate, bankruptcy, and other areas of the law. Lecture: 1 hour per week

PLEG-125

Contracts

Credit(s): 3

This course is a study of contract law as found in the Common Law and Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-210 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-135

Torts

Credit(s): 3

This course examines the principles of civil wrongs and liabilities (torts) including causes of action from negligence, industrial injuries, and professional malpractice. The course addresses fault and without-fault actions, strict liability, and intentional torts. Defenses and damages are also explored. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-210 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-210

Legal Research and Writing I

Credit(s): 4

This course is an introduction to legal resource materials and methodology. Research skills are developed through law library research and drafting assignments. Emphasis is placed on the use of the legal database and on effective communication of research results through the drafting and prepartion of legal documents and instruments. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. lecture: 3 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week

PLEG-220

Legal Research and Writing II

Credit(s): 4

This course is a continuation of PLEG 210 with emphasis on the further development of research techniques. Discussion topics include administrative and executive agency research, legislative research, non-legal reference materials, and loose-leaf services. Advanced processes in drafting and preparation of legal documents and instruments are emphasized. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-210 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-240

Real Estate and Property Law

Credit(s): 3

This course explores the law of real property including types of real estate transactions and conveyances, forms and procedures, document recording, and title searches. Topics include deeds, contracts, deeds of trust, joint ventures, lease and rental agreements, mortgages, legal descriptions, liens and encumbrances, zoning and covenants, appraisals, titles, and foreclosure. This is an elective course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PLEG-245

Estate & Probate Practices & Procedures

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to the laws, practices, and procedures involving trusts, wills, guardianships, property transfer, and probate. It includes estate and inheritance taxation and estate planning. This is an elective course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-105 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-250

Family Law

Credit(s): 3

This course is a study of the Idaho laws and procedures. Discussion topics include marriage and dissolution of marriage; child custody, visitation, and support; adoptions; domestic violence, and property rights. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-115 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-255

Administrative Law

Credit(s): 3

This course is a review of federal and state administrative laws. Discussion topics include administrative agencies, administrative law procedures, the use of expert witnesses, evidence, constitutional and judicial limits, and judicial review. This is an elective course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PLEG-260

Criminal Law and Procedure

Credit(s): 3

This course is an exploration of the criminal justice system including the application of Idaho laws. Discussion topics include a study of the definition of a crime; institution of criminal action; defenses to criminal accusation; the court process; negotiated and formal pleadings; constitutional safeguards; and sentencing and probation. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-115 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-265

Business Organizations

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the formation and operation of business enterprises, focusing on the sole proprietorship, general and limited partnerships, limited liability company, and the business corporation. Students will be introduced to the advantages and disadvantages of each form of business enterprise and will learn how to draft various business-related documents. This is an elective course in the Paralegal program. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PLEG-275

Evidence and Legal Transcription

Credit(s): 3

This course will examine specific legal issues pertaining to the laws of evidence, including the transcribing of documents complying with evidentiary requirements. Areas of study include the functions of the judge and jury, the principles of standard and burden of proof in civil and criminal cases, the admissibility of evidence, cross examination and re-examination, trial procedures, hearsay evidence, competence and compellability of witnesses, character evidence and corroborating evidence. This course also provides an introduction to the transcribing and formatting of the legal documents required in different substantive areas of law. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CAOT-211 CAOT-212 PLEG-106 PLEG-115 with a minimum grade of C-

PLEG-280

Torts and Contracts

Credit(s): 3

This course teaches a basic understanding of two important aspects of law: torts and contracts. The course examines the principles of civil wrongs and liabilities (torts) including causes of action from negligence, industrial injuries, and professional malpractice. The class will address fault and without-fault actions, strict liability, and intentional torts. Defenses and damages are also explored. The semester includes a study of contract law as found in the Common Law and Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-110 and PLEG-115 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-285

Evidence and Ethics

Credit(s): 3

This course will examine specific legal issues pertaining to the laws of evidence and of legal ethics. Areas of study include the functions of the judge and jury, the principles of standard and burden of proof in civil and criminal cases, the admissibility of evidence, cross examination and re-examination, trial procedures, hearsay evidence, competence and compellability of witness, character evidence and corroborating evidence. The Code of Professional Responsibility and the Code of Judicial Ethics are used to examine the boundaries of authorized practices, confidentiality, and delegation of authority.
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-110, PLEG-115 and PLEG-210 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-290

Paralegal Internship I

Credit(s): 3

This course provides a practical application of paralegal skills in a law office or law-related office. There are approximately nine hours per week of supervised work in the office to add breadth and depth to the student's paralegal experiences. The course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. This is a required course in the Paralegal program. Instructor permission required. In-Office Work: 9 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-105 PLEG-110 PLEG-115 and PLEG-210 with a minimum grade of C-.

PLEG-291

Paralegal Internship II

Credit(s): 3

This course is a continuation of PLEG 290. This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. This is an elective course in the Paralegal program. Instructor permission is required. In-Office Work: 9 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PLEG-290 with a minimum grade of C-.