Paralegal Studies
School of Career/Technical Education and Learning Assistance
Dean Patricia Axsom, M.S.
Faculty • Victori...
Associate in Science Degree                                                        Note: The Paralegal Studies Program pre...
Paralegal Studies: Bilingual
School of Career/Technical Education and Learning Assistance
Dean Patricia Axsom, M.S.
Facult...
Associate in Science Degree                                              over a minimum of two semesters and can include
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Certificate
                                                                    ** Native speakers from a Spanish-speaking...
Legal Courses
LEGL 223.                                         LEGL 225.                                      LEGL 256.
L...
LEGL 259.                                     LEGL 262.                                      LEGL 266.
Legal Assistant: An...
LEGL 269.                                      LEGL 272.                                      LEGL 292.
Civil Litigation P...
LEGL 295.
Selected Topics in Legal Assistant
1–3 units
Offered: Variable
Permits students to study relevant
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  1. 1. Paralegal Studies School of Career/Technical Education and Learning Assistance Dean Patricia Axsom, M.S. Faculty • Victoria López, J.D. • Elizabeth Shapiro, J.D. Department Chair Victoria López, J.D. General Description Degree/Certificate Options Major Code The paralegal (legal assistant) works under the supervision of an Associate in science degree: career/technical attorney. Responsibilities are broad and varied including preparing Paralegal Studies A2516 and interpreting legal documents, interviewing clients, performing legal research, preparing for trial, and organizing and managing certificate of Achievement documentation. Paralegals often work with attorneys in specialized Paralegal Studies A2518 areas of law such as immigration, family law, personal injury, contracts, wills, trusts, and probate. Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve Southwestern College offers two programs, paralegal studies and your academic goals. paralegal studies—bilingual, which provide students with a litigation background and focus on developing an awareness and sensibility to the language, culture, and common legal issues of clients from various ethnic groups within the community. An understanding of international legal issues which impact San Diego due to its geographical location and other legal and business related activities are also developed. Employment in the field tends to vary. Larger, well-established law firms commonly require a bachelor’s degree, and smaller law firms and legal agencies often require a two-year associate degree or its equivalent. Potential employees who have an advanced education level, knowledge of a frequently used foreign language, and/or an emphasis in a legal specialty will have the greatest opportunities in the job market. Career Options Below is a sample of the career options available for the paralegal studies major. A few require a certificate of achievement, some require an associate in science degree, and some require a bachelor’s degree: claims examiner, compensation and benefits manager, corporate legal assistant, court clerk, customs agent, forms and procedures specialist, freelance paralegal, legal assistant, investigator (for local, state, and federal departments and agencies), legal aide, legal research assistant, legal technician, patent agent, and title examiner. This training can also provide entrance to some careers in administration of justice such as youth authority, probation, and parole officer when a candidate passes appropriate tests and gains related experience. 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog 423
  2. 2. Associate in Science Degree Note: The Paralegal Studies Program prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney in accordance with California law. A paralegal may Paralegal Studies not engage in the unauthorized practice of law by accepting cases, giving legal advice, appearing in Career/Technical (Major Code: A2516) court or setting fees for clients. To do so would be a Prepares students for a career as a paralegal or other law-related crime in the state of California. career with a multicultural international perspective. Trains students with a combination of legal theory, principles, procedures, and practical applications, including a hands-on paralegal internship. Emphasizes research, litigation, trial preparation skills, including Certificate familiarity with court documents, interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, and experience with legal software. Paralegal Studies LEGL 255 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology 3 certificate of Achievement LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 career/technical (major code: A2518) LEGL 259 Legal Assistant: An Introduction 1 LEGL 255 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology 3 LEGL 260 Legal Research 3 LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 LEGL 259 Legal Assistant: An Introduction 1 LEGL 268 Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) 2 LEGL 260 Legal Research 3 LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 LEGL 290–293 LEGL 268 Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) 2 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I–IV * (2–4) 2 LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 LEGL 290–293 complete 11 units from the following: 11 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I–IV * (2–4) 2–4 LEGL 225 Law Office Management (3) LEGL 256 International Law for Business (3) complete 11 units from the courses listed below: 11 LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure (3) LEGL 225 Law Office Management (3) LEGL 263 Family Law (3) LEGL 256 International Law for Business (3) LEGL 264 Wills, Trusts, and Estates (3) LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure (3) LEGL 266 Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management (2) LEGL 263 Family Law (3) LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (2) LEGL 264 Wills, Trusts, and Estates (3) LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures (3) LEGL 266 Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management (2) LEGL 271 Introduction to Intellectual Property (2) LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (2) LEGL 272 Business Organizations (2) LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures (3) LEGL 271 Introduction to Intellectual Property (2) complete 3 units from the following: 3 LEGL 272 Business Organizations (2) AJ 151 Concepts of Criminal Law (3) AJ 156 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3) complete 3 units from the courses listed below: 3 AJ 181 Juvenile Law and Procedures (3) BUS 140 Business Law/The Legal Environment of Business (3) BUS 140 Business Law/The Legal Environment of Business (3) AJ 151 Concepts of Criminal Law (3) RE 106 Legal Aspects of Real Estate (3) AJ 156 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3) total units 33.5 AJ 181 Juvenile Law and Procedures (3) RE 106 Legal Aspects of Real Estate (3) To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be total units 33.5–35.5 completed. See page 40. Note: The certificate of achievement is awarded * 60 or more hours of on-the-job work experience only to students who possess an associate or higher internship, paid or volunteer, are required in LEGL 290. degree in any major prior to completing the paralegal Program faculty and Student Employment Services program. assist students with placements, which can consist of as few as four-hours per week for students working Note: The Paralegal Studies Program prepares full-time. Students who are presently employed in students to work under the supervision of an attorney a law office may use their employment to fulfill this in accordance with California law. A paralegal may requirement. These hours may include summer work. not engage in the unauthorized practice of law by The instructor must approve the work experience for accepting cases, giving legal advice, appearing in application to the program. court or setting fees for clients. To do so would be a crime in the state of California. 424 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog
  3. 3. Paralegal Studies: Bilingual School of Career/Technical Education and Learning Assistance Dean Patricia Axsom, M.S. Faculty • Victoria López, J.D. • Elizabeth Shapiro, J.D. • Marisa Soler-McElwain LL.M. Department Chair Victoria López, J.D. General Description Degree/Certificate Options Major Code The paralegal (legal assistant) works under the supervision of Associate in science degree: career/technical an attorney. Responsibilities are broad and varied including Paralegal Studies: Bilingual (English/Spanish) A2517 preparing and interpreting legal documents, interviewing clients, performing legal research, preparing for trial, and organizing and certificate of Achievement managing documentation. Paralegals often work with attorneys Paralegal Studies: Bilingual (English/Spanish) A2519 in specialized areas of law such as immigration, family law, personal injury, contracts, wills, trusts, and probate. Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve Southwestern College offers two programs, paralegal studies your academic goals. and paralegal studies—bilingual, which provide students with a litigation background and focus on developing an awareness and sensibility to the language, culture, and common legal issues of clients from various ethnic groups within the community. An understanding of international legal issues which impact San Diego due to its geographical location, and other legal and business related activities are also developed. Employment in the field tends to vary. Larger, well-established law firms commonly require a bachelor’s degree, and smaller law firms and legal agencies often require a two-year associate degree or its equivalent. Potential employees who have an advanced education level, knowledge of a frequently used foreign language, and/or an emphasis in a legal specialty will have the greatest opportunities in the job market. Career Options Below is a sample of the career options available for the paralegal studies major. A few require a certificate of achievement, some require an associate in science degree, and some require a bachelor’s degree: claims examiner, compensation and benefits manager, corporate legal assistant, court clerk, customs agent, forms and procedures specialist, freelance paralegal, legal assistant, investigator (for local, state, and federal departments and agencies), legal aide, legal research assistant, legal technician, patent agent, and title examiner. This training can also provide entrance to some careers in administration of justice such as youth authority, probation, and parole officer when a candidate passes appropriate tests and gains related experience. 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog 425
  4. 4. Associate in Science Degree over a minimum of two semesters and can include summer work. The instructor must approve the work experience for application to the program. Paralegal Studies: Bilingual Note: The Paralegal Studies Program prepares (English/Spanish) students to work under the supervision of an attorney in accordance with California law. A paralegal may Career/Technical (Major Code: A2517) not engage in the unauthorized practice of law by Prepares the Spanish bilingual students for a career as a paralegal or accepting cases, giving legal advice, appearing in court related career with a multicultural/international perspective. Reviews or setting fees for clients. To do so would be a crime in NAFTA regulations and legal issues that impact San Diego, due to the state of California. our proximity to the Mexican border. Includes a combination of legal theory, principles, procedures, and practical applications, including ** Native speakers from a Spanish-speaking country a hands-on paralegal internship. Emphasizes case research, litigation who have finished high school or the equivalent in and trial preparation skills including familiarity with court forms, that country will have satisfied the Spanish language interviewing clients, and drafting legal documents. Trains students in requirement. Students who have completed high interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients and in translating common school in the United States and have completed the documents such as correspondence, contracts, and wills. fourth-year level of Spanish will have satisfied the Spanish language requirement. BUS 226 Interpretation/Translation: Legal 3 BUS 229 Legal Terminology—Bilingual (English/Spanish) 3 LEGL 255 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology 3 LEGL 256 International Law for Business 3 LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 LEGL 259 Legal Assistant: An Introduction 1 LEGL 260 Legal Research 3 LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure 3 LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 LEGL 290–293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I–IV * (2–4) 2–4 SPAN 216 Spanish for Bilinguals II 5 complete 5 units from the courses listed below: 5 LEGL 225 Law Office Management (3) LEGL 263 Family Law (3) LEGL 264 Wills, Trusts, and Estates (3) LEGL 266 Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management (2) LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (2) LEGL 268 Computer Assisted Legal Research (2) LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures (3) LEGL 271 Introduction to Intellectual Property (2) LEGL 272 Business Organizations (2) total units 39.5–41.5 recommended electives: BUS 36, 181, 225 227, 233, 234; LEGL 257; SPAN 216, 201. To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed. See page 40. * 60 or more hours of on-the-job work experience internship, paid or volunteer, are required in the LEGL 290–293 series. Program faculty and Student Employment assist students with placements, which can consist of as few as four hours per week for students working full-time. Students who are presently employed in a law office may use their employment to fulfill their requirement. These hours must be spread 426 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog
  5. 5. Certificate ** Native speakers from a Spanish-speaking country who have finished high school or the equivalent in that country will have satisfied the Paralegal Studies: Bilingual Spanish language requirement. Students who have completed high school in the United States (English/Spanish) and have completed the fourth-year level of Spanish will have satisfied the Spanish language certificate of Achievement requirement. career/technical (major code: A2519) Note: The Paralegal Studies Program prepares BUS 226 Interpretation/Translation: Legal 3 students to work under the supervision of an BUS 229 Legal Terminology—Bilingual (English/Spanish) 3 attorney in accordance with California law. A LEGL 255 Introduction to Law and Legal Terminology 3 paralegal may not engage in the unauthorized LEGL 256 International Law for Business 3 practice of law by accepting cases, giving legal LEGL 258 Legal Communications 3 advice, appearing in court or setting fees for LEGL 259 Legal Assistant: An Introduction 1 clients. To do so would be a crime in the state of LEGL 260 Legal Research 3 California. LEGL 261 Civil Litigation I 3 LEGL 262 Immigration Law and Procedure 3 LEGL 270 Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2.5 LEGL 290–293 Legal Cooperative Work Experience I–IV * (2–4) 2–4 SPAN 216 Spanish for Bilinguals II 5 complete 5 units from the courses listed below: 5 LEGL 225 Law Office Management (3) LEGL 263 Family Law (3) LEGL 264 Wills, Trusts, and Estates (3) LEGL 266 Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Management (2) LEGL 267 Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals (2) LEGL 268 Computer Assisted Legal Research (2) LEGL 269 Civil Litigation Procedures (3) LEGL 271 Introduction to Intellectual Property (2) LEGL 272 Business Organizations (2) total units 39.5–41.5 Note: The certificate of achievement is awarded only to students who possess an associate or higher degree in any major prior to completing the paralegal program. * 60 or more hours of on-the-job work experience internship, paid or volunteer, are required in the LEGL 290–293 series. Program faculty and Student Employment assist students with placements, which can consist of as few as four hours per week for students working full-time. Students who are presently employed in a law office may use their employment to fulfill their requirement. These hours must be spread over a minimum of two semesters and can include summer work. The instructor must approve the work experience for application to the program. 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog 427
  6. 6. Legal Courses LEGL 223. LEGL 225. LEGL 256. Legal Office Procedures Law Office Management International Law for Business 2.5 units 3 units 3 units Recommended Preparation: BUS 182 or Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or Recommended Preparation: BUS 140 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill the equivalent skill level as determined LEGL 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or level as determined by the Southwestern by the Southwestern College Reading the equivalent skill level as determined College Reading Assessment or equivalent Assessment or equivalent by the Southwestern College Reading Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour Assessment or equivalent Offered: Fall Offered: Variable Lecture 3 hours Fee: $3. Provides training for students Provides students with an overview of the Offered: Variable who desire to work as legal office clerks, structure and organization of law firms Provides a basic explanation of the secretaries, or executive assistants to gain and function of the legal team. Emphasizes laws governing international trade, an understanding of legal terminology, effective law office management licensing, intellectual property, importing, legal procedures, the court system, techniques and systems, including those exporting, investment, and economic preparation of court documents, and the for billing, calendaring, case management, integration. Emphasizes and analyzes the concepts of civil procedures in various file and library management, technology legal, political, business, and ethical issues areas of the law operative in California. management, attorney-client relations, regarding international business and (Formerly BUS 223) [D; CSU] and ethical concerns. [D; CSU] litigation. [D; CSU] LEGL 224. LEGL 228. LEGL 257. Procedures for Legal Office Personnel Legal Terminology International Business and Legal 3 units 2 units Communication: Spanish Recommended Preparation: ENGL 105 or Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or 3 units the equivalent skill level as determined the equivalent skill level as determined Recommended Preparation: SPAN 221 or by the Southwestern College English by the Southwestern College Reading equivalent Assessment or equivalent; RDG 56 or Assessment or equivalent Lecture 3 hours the equivalent skill level as determined Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 1 hour Offered: Variable by the Southwestern College Reading Offered: Fall, Spring Emphasizes principles of written Assessment or equivalent; and ability to Prepares students to work in a legal office, communications applied to common keyboard by touch at a minimum of 30 agency, or court setting. Reviews legal Spanish business and legal transactions, wpm terminology commonly used in civil, with discussion of terminology, currencies, Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour probate, family, and criminal law pleadings and measurements used in various Offered: Spring and documentation. (Formerly BUS 228.) Spanish-speaking countries. Written Fee: $1. Trains students to prepare for [D; CSU] business and legal communications in work in a legal office, primarily focusing on Spanish and techniques of interpretation federal litigation using Microsoft Word or and translation often utilized in LEGL 255. WordPerfect; specialized legal computer international business. [D; CSU] Introduction to Law and Legal software, as well as Internet resources. Preparation of court documents and forms Terminology 3 units LEGL 258. in the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, Legal Communications family law, real property, and corporations Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or 3 units using the law library to recognize the equivalent skill level as determined legal authorities and cite cases in legal by the Southwestern College Reading Recommended Preparation: LEGL 260 or documents. [D; CSU] Assessment or equivalent equivalent Lecture 3 hours Lecture 3 hours Offered: Variable Offered: Variable Overview of the American system of Preparation of legal reports, client government as it relates to our system correspondence, motions, case of law; concepts and terminology in briefs, legal memoranda, and oral procedures, estates, business, contracts, communications utilized in a variety of property, and criminal law; and basic legal contexts. [D; CSU] introduction to legal case analysis and the law library. [D; CSU] 428 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog
  7. 7. LEGL 259. LEGL 262. LEGL 266. Legal Assistant: An Introduction Immigration Law and Procedure Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict 1 unit 3 units Management Lecture 1 hour Recommended Preparation: LEGL 228 2 units Offered: Variable or 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or Designed to orient students to the SWC equivalent skill level as determined the equivalent skill level as determined Legal Assistant program, to provide by the Southwestern College Reading by the Southwestern College Reading students with information about career Assessment or equivalent Assessment or equivalent opportunities, and to help students gain Lecture 3 hours Lecture 2 hours basic knowledge about the role of the Offered: Variable Offered: Variable legal assistant in the legal community, Overview of immigration law and Designed to be a practical, hands-on legal ethics, legal terminology, the court procedure including the Immigration Act introduction to the practice of mediation, system, basic legal research tools, and the of 1990, the Code of Federal Regulations, negotiation, and interest-based conflict law library. [D; CSU] the Visa Bulletin, and the decisions of the resolution. Students will gain mastery in Board of Immigration Appeals to train the the formal mediation process and related LEGL 260. student to analyze cases for deportability, skills in communication and negotiation, Legal Research exclusion, and relief in order to prepare important workplace competencies. 3 units appropriate documentation and briefs. [D; CSU] Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 and [D; CSU] 261, or equivalent; BUS 211 or ENGL 114 LEGL 267. or the equivalent skill level as determined LEGL 263. Interviewing and Investigation for by the Southwestern College English Family Law Paralegals Assessment or equivalent; RDG 158 or 3 units 2 units the equivalent skill level as determined Recommended Preparation: LEGL 228 Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or 261 by the Southwestern College Reading or 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the or equivalent Assessment or equivalent equivalent skill level as determined Lecture 2 hours Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour by the Southwestern College Reading Offered: Variable Offered: Fall, Spring Assessment or equivalent Overview of the litigation process Provides a foundation in legal research Lecture 3 hours discussing rules of procedure, evidence, techniques, primarily focusing on Offered: Variable and ethics as a framework for investigating traditional text-based techniques with Designed to train paralegals and other client and case facts, organizing and an introduction to online legal database legal personnel in the law affecting working with evidence and conducting and Internet research. Students will domestic relations, as well as in the a professional interview. Includes identify sources of law, discuss their preparation of documents for the court interviewing children and individuals from interrelationships, define and find in the areas of domestic violence, marital some of the varied cultures represented in primary and secondary authority, learn dissolution, child custody, child and our community. [D; CSU] how to employ finding tools to analyze spousal support, and visitation. [D; CSU] information, formulate legal issues, and LEGL 268. draw conclusions regarding the possible LEGL 264. Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) outcomes of legal situations. Introduction Wills, Trusts, and Estates 2 units to the legal writing process. [D; CSU] 3 units Recommended Preparation: LEGL 260 or Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or equivalent LEGL 261. equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 1 hour Civil Litigation I level as determined by the Southwestern Offered: Variable 3 units College Reading Assessment or equivalent Fee: $3. Designed to train students to Recommended Preparation: LEGL 228 Lecture 3 hours find primary and secondary authority or 255 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the Offered: Variable in legal research and to verify accuracy equivalent skill level as determined Trains paralegals and other legal personnel and currency of information by utilizing by the Southwestern College Reading in the laws and legal procedures for wills, electronic resources including the Internet, Assessment or equivalent trusts, and probate, as well as the concepts CD-ROM files, and online legal databases. Lecture 3 hours and methodology of estate planning and Hands-on training will allow students to Offered: Variable estate administration. [D; CSU] locate online database/CD-ROM/Internet Fee: $2. Broad overview of civil litigation research materials, develop online query including jurisdiction and venue, techniques, and verify research. [D; CSU] discovery, pretrial, trial proceedings, state and appellate court procedures, and judicial arbitration in order to train the student to prepare appropriate documentation and draft complaints, answers, and pretrial documents and settlement agreements. [D; CSU] 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog 429
  8. 8. LEGL 269. LEGL 272. LEGL 292. Civil Litigation Procedures Business Organizations Legal Cooperative Work Experience III 3 units 2 units 2–4 units Recommended Preparation: LEGL 261 or Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or Grade only equivalent; knowledge of keyboard and BUS 140 or equivalent Prerequisite: LEGL 291 or equivalent ability to type 25 wpm Lecture 2 hours Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour Offered: Variable Paralegal Studies or Legal Office Offered: Variable Covers the law and practice of business Professional major. Student must Various phases of the litigation process entities, including sole proprietorships, complete no fewer than seven units, at the state and federal levels including general and limited partnerships, the including work experience, during each pretrial, trial, and post-trial proceedings limited liability companies, and various semester in order to receive credit emphasizing the federal litigation process. types of corporations. Emphasizes the Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 5–15 hours Students will have an opportunity to principles of agency, formation and Offered: Variable use computer software applications structure of a corporation, and the Application of the principles and skills commonly found in legal offices to preparation of documents necessary to learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal fill out forms, draft pleadings and form and operate business organizations. Office Professional program to on-the-job correspondence, and to organize files and [D; CSU] work assignments. Student is required evidence for trials and appeals. [D; CSU] to attend a one-hour coordinating class LEGL 290. weekly. The student’s field performance LEGL 270. Legal Cooperative Work Experience I will be evaluated by his/her employer and Computer Skills for Legal Professionals 2–4 units by the instructor. (Repeatable—not to 2.5 units Grade only exceed four units per level.) [D; CSU] Recommended Preparation: LEGL 223, 228, Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Paralegal 255, or BUS 229, or equivalent; ability to Studies or Legal Office Professional major. LEGL 293. type 25 wpm Student must complete no fewer than Legal Cooperative Work Experience IV Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours seven units, including work experience, 2–4 units Offered: Variable during each semester in order to receive Grade only Fee: $1. Designed to help students in legal credit Prerequisite: LEGL 292 or equivalent secretarial, paralegal, administration of Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 5–15 hours Limitation on Enrollment: Declared justice or related careers. Understanding Offered: Variable Paralegal Studies or Legal Office of the litigation process and gain skill in Application of the principles and skills Professional major. Student must developing both court and non court learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal complete no fewer than seven units, documents on the computer. Review Office Professional program to on-the-job including work experience, during each of basic word processing skills and work assignments. Student is required semester in order to receive credit preparation of common legal forms and to attend a one-hour coordinating class Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 5–15 hours documents including correspondence, weekly. The student’s field performance Offered: Variable minutes, contracts, newsletters, bylaws, will be evaluated by his/her employer and Application of the principles and skills footnotes, headers and footers, mail by the instructor. (Repeatable—not to learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal merge, macros, legal templates, tables of exceed four units per level.) [D; CSU] Office Professional program to on-the-job authorities, pleadings, billing statements, work assignments. Student is required and attorney/paralegal time records using LEGL 291. to attend a one-hour coordinating class computer software. [D; CSU] Legal Cooperative Work Experience II weekly. The student’s field performance 2–4 units will be evaluated by his/her employer and LEGL 271. by the instructor. (Repeatable—not to Introduction to Intellectual Property Grade only Prerequisite: LEGL 290 or equivalent exceed four units per level.) [D; CSU] 2 units Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Paralegal Recommended Preparation: LEGL 255 or Studies or Legal Office Professional major. equivalent Student must complete no fewer than Lecture 2 hour, laboratory 1 hour seven units, including work experience, Offered: Variable during each semester in order to receive Introduction to the laws of intellectual credit property including trademarks, Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 5–15 hours copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and Offered: Variable unfair competition. Course examines each Application of the principles and skills area and its creation and reviews both learned in the Paralegal Studies or Legal domestic and international procedures Office Professional program to on-the-job involved in registration of intellectual work assignments. Student is required property, duration of rights, and to attend a one-hour coordinating class protection from infringement. [D; CSU] weekly. The student’s field performance will be evaluated by his/her employer and by the instructor. (Repeatable—not to exceed four units per level.) [D; CSU] 430 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog
  9. 9. LEGL 295. Selected Topics in Legal Assistant 1–3 units Offered: Variable Permits students to study relevant subjects within the field of legal assistant. The specific objectives, methods of instruction, and units of credit to be determined individually for courses proposed under this description. (May be repeated for additional credit with new content.) [D; *CSU] * Please refer to the class schedule for specific course description and transferability information. LEGL 299. Independent Study 1–3 units Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study. See page 30. Offered: Variable Individual study or research in some area of legal assistant which is of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the College. [D; CSU] 2009-2010 Southwestern College Catalog 431

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