Legal Research and Writing

LAS150

Study designed to provide a working familiarity of the major legal resources. Practical experience includes using both primary and secondary sources and helps develop the capacity to research legal issues rapidly and accurately. Emphasis on effective communication through the written word. The ability to research and communicate information will be incorporated into the correct writing of letters, legal memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Corequisites:
ENL111

Estate and Trust Administration

LAS230

General theory and procedures employed in the preparation and handling of wills, trusts, and estates. Topics cover the responsibilities and duties in the field of estate administration that can be performed by a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney. Sample forms for the preparation of wills, the creation of trusts, and the administration of a decedent's estate, as well as tax forms, are reviewed. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
ENL111

Criminal Law and Procedures

LAS250

Study covering the various facets of criminal law. Topics include crimes against the person and property, as well as the procedures necessary from arrest through trial, sentencing, and punishment. The paralegal's role in these procedures and in the preparation of documents is emphasized.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
ENL111

Legal Issues in Information Security Management

LAS350

Study of major legal and ethical issues raised by information security. Focus on legal aspects of security management likely to be encountered by businesses, organizations, and employees. Applicable federal and state criminal statutes are examined and various theories of civil liability are analyzed, including breach of contract, negligence, invasion of privacy, Constitutional violations, intellectual property infringement actions, and other relevant statutory claims. Basic concepts of litigation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are presented. Preventative legal management is stressed, including the importance of employee training, identifying legal and ethical issues, and recognizing when to consult a legal professional. (Science, Technology and Society)

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
CIT230 and ENL111

Constitutional Law

LAS400

Survey of the major provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the amendments that have been adopted. Case studies are used to analyze the role of the courts in interpreting the Constitution. Discussion includes the applications of federalism, the functioning of the separation of powers doctrine, the growth and development of federal government powers, equal protection and due process of law, and the impact of legislation, executive enforcement, and court decisions on constitutional rights of the individual, minorities, and culturally diverse groups. (Cultural Diversity) Fall Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Prerequisites:
ENL111