Business Core

MS 182 – Introduction to Information Systems

Major microcomputer software applications emphasizing spreadsheets, database management and presentation software are studied.  Students learn the methodology of the development and design of templates for a business environment.  Techniques for using software are learned and applied to the solution of business information problems.  Students also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist in creating contemporary and resourceful projects.  This course uses Office 2007/2010.  (Equivalent to former MS 281) (No textbook required- included in course resource fee). Prerequisite:  MS 100 or demonstrated proficiency.

PA 351 - Introduction to Law for the Paralegal 

An introduction to the role of the paralegal in the legal system. The sources of law, court systems, administrative agencies, limits on the powers of the courts, and remedies are explored.  An introduction to civil procedure is given, which is the foundation for all other legal studies courses.  Legal ethics with emphasis on the paralegal, including the unauthorized practice of law.  Law office administration and procedure are discussed. 

PA 352 – Introduction to Legal Research and Writing

Introduces the student to the many sources from which one may gather legal authority.  Traditional legal sources are used to teach primary and secondary authority, reporters, and codebooks, to name but a few. Use of a law school library is required. Additionally, students will learn research on CD- ROM, the Internet, computer-assisted legal research, and other cyber sources.  Email and intranet will also be taught. The special requirements of legal writing will be taught and students will be given a number of legal writing assignments.

PA 355 - Wealth Transfer

This course introduces the student to the way in which wealth is transferred upon the death of its owner.  Wills, probate, and estate administration are taught in-depth as well as valuation of property, tax implications, and payment of debt.  The course also discusses gifts, asset protection, second spouses, co-habitors and children of different marriages in the planning process in light of federal tax laws. A sophisticated review of trusts and other forms of ownership is offered.  Pensions, IRA’s, and other forms of wealth transfers are reviewed.

PA 356 - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice

Location, jurisdiction, and procedures of courts; pre-trial, trial, and settlement of cases. Emphasis is on research into and development of physical, documentary, and testimonial evidence, trial preparation, rules of appellate procedure, and documents used in appellate proceedings.  Preparation of documents, files, pleadings, and witnesses for trial. An overview of the substantive law of torts and contracts is offered.

PA 376 - Family Law

This course presents an overview of the substantive and procedural laws in the area of domestic relations. Includes allocation of parental rights, child and spousal support, adoptions, paternity, and domestic violence. Property division and tax implications of divorce will be examined.

PA 450 - Computer Use in the Law

The uses of computers in the delivery of legal services beyond word processing are studied in this course.  Utilization of computers in the areas of litigation support, jury and related research, information and document management, docketing, conflict of interest and other prepackaged software will be taught.  In-depth training in computer-assisted legal research will be offered. 

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