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Paralegal

Course Descriptions

LEGAL 200: Introduction to Law and the Legal Process:CD

Credits: 5.0

The nature of legal institutions and processes; the American and Washington judicial systems, sources of law and federal and state court systems; legal reasoning; ethics applicable to lawyers and paralegals.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to read, analyze and brief a case. [REASON]
  2. Summarize, from an overview, the civil and criminal litigation process. [REASON]
  3. Differentiate the role of the lawyers and paralegals in delivering legal services and the ethical and professional practice standards applicable. [Reason]
  4. Evaluate how to file cases in the American judicial system with state common law courts and the federal courts. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate good communication skills in a legal context. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Explain basic legal terms, definitions and distinctions. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Distinguish how law may or may not result in Justice, especially in regards the role law has played in the treatment of minority groups in America. [EXPLORE]
  8. Use the basic resources of a law library for research. [EXPLORE]

LEGAL 205: Civil Procedure

Credits: 5.0

Study of procedure in civil actions in state trial and appellate courts from commencement to final resolution. Consideration is given to the integration of the skills of the paralegal at all levels of the process.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the court system and an understanding of the law of civil procedure to complete litigation related tasks. [REASON]
  2. Identify and use appropriate court rules, statutes and procedures necessary for the preparation and presentation of civil cases. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the practical skills necessary for a legal assistant to successfully work with attorneys on civil cases. [REASON]
  4. Draft basic pleadings and other papers used in prosecuting and defending civil cases. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 210: Legal Research

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to hardbound and electronic legal resources and research techniques. Emphasis on researching primary and secondary legal authorities, analyzing statutes and court decisions, and updating research results. Introduction to writing legal correspondence, office memoranda, appellate briefs, and citations. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission; ENGL 100 or placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify whether a resource is primary or secondary authority, or research finding aid. [REASON]
  2. Use hardbound and electronic federal and state statutory and administrative codes to locate constitutions, statutes and agency rules. [REASON]
  3. Use hardbound and electronic court reporters and case digests to locate relevant state and federal case law. [REASON]
  4. Use hardbound and electronic sources to locate legal treatises, annotated law reports, legal encyclopedias, legal periodicals and other secondary authorities. [REASON]
  5. Use hardbound and electronic sources to verify reliability and update primary and secondary legal authority. [REASON]
  6. Use effective strategies to organize and perform basic legal research, cite-checking, and writing assignments. [REASON]
  7. Write correct, complete and accurate citations to hardbound and electronic legal authorities in compliance with the Uniform System of Citations and Washington Style Sheet. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Prepare documents using the basic components for legal correspondence, legal memoranda, and legal briefs. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Prepare documents using correct English grammar and legal terminology in tone and style appropriate for the intended audience. [COMMUNICATE]
  10. Use word processing software to format professional quality legal documents and correspondence. [COMMUNICATE]
  11. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical rules of competence, confidentiality, conflict of interest, and unauthorized practice of law to avoid situations that may be in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct when performing research and communication tasks as a paralegal. [ACT]

LEGAL 214: Legal Ethics

Credits: 5.0

Examine Washington Rules of Professional Conduct on confidentiality, unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, legal fees and trust accounts, solicitation and advertising; professionalism and regulation of paralegals.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and discuss the ethical standards and rules of professional conduct that govern paralegals and other legal professionals. [REASON]
  2. Analyze and discuss the methods for resolving potential conflicts of interest and other types of everyday ethical dilemmas faced by paralegals. [REASON]
  3. Access and use relevant print and electronic sources of authority including Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs), ethics opinions, and case law to research answers to resolve ethical issues and dilemmas faced by paralegals. [REASON]
  4. Explain and apply the ethical rules and procedures required to protect confidentiality and to avoid conflicts of interest. [REASON]
  5. Analyze and explain the similarities and difference between the rule of confidentiality, the attorney-client privilege, and the work product rule. [REASON]
  6. Describe what constitutes the practice of law and identify methods to avoid engaging in the Unauthorized Practice of Law. (UPL). [REASON]
  7. Describe the limitations on attorney advertising and solicitation of clients, and how to avoid violations when using electronic communications such as emails, websites, and blogs. [REASON]
  8. Describe the various types of fees used by attorneys, limitations on use of various fees, how client funds must be handled, and requirements for IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) trust accounts. [REASON]
  9. Describe the current issues involving paralegal licensing at the state and national levels and the legal technician rule in Washington. [EXPLORE]
  10. Describe the relationship and interactions among attorneys, paralegals, state bar associations, the American Bar Association, state legislatures, courts, and national paralegal associations. [REASON]

LEGAL 215: Administrative Law

Credits: 5.0

Study of administrative procedures acts governing federal and Washington agencies with emphasis on creation of agencies; agency rulemaking, investigations, and hearings; availability and scope of judicial review; public records acts; and constitutional limitations on agency actions. Emphasis on paralegal's role working with clients and agencies. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship and function of administrative agencies at all levels of government. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods used by the branches of government, at both federal and state levels, to maintain accountability and control of administrative agencies. [REASON]
  3. Explain the application of constitutional concepts of federalism, separation of powers, due process, equal protection, delegation doctrine, Fourth and Fifth Amendments to an administrative law problem. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the provisions of the federal and Washington Administrative Procedures Acts applicable to agency rulemaking, agency adjudications, and judicial review. [REASON]
  5. Analyze the major issues and apply substantive and procedural federal and state administrative laws and rules in resolving an administrative law problem. [REASON]
  6. Locate, acquire, evaluate and apply information from federal and state statutes, agency rules and case law in hardbound and electronic sources in response to an administrative law problem. [REASON]
  7. Prepare appropriate documents for various procedures common to administrative agencies, in compliance with the applicable administrative procedures act and agency rules. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 220: Real Estate and Property Law

Credits: 5.0

The law of real property; common types of real estate transactions and conveyances such as deeds, contracts, leases and deeds of trust; personal property law; the system of recording and search of public documents. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate by application knowledge of the law of real property; the more common types of real estate transactions and conveyances such as deed, contracts, leases, and deeds of trust. [REASON]
  2. Draft various documents involved in the conveyance of real property through sale, lease, or other transaction. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Identify and correct drafting problems involving these various instruments. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Distinguish between real property and personal property law. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the system of recording and searching of public documents. [REASON]

LEGAL 222: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Credits: 5.0

Alternatives to civil litigation for the resolution of disputes (ADR). Overview of traditional ADR processes: arbitration, mediation and negotiation, as well as nontraditional and hybrid processes. Analysis of the theoretical framework defining each process, practical skills required, ethical issues implicated in its use, and legal analysis relevant to each process. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the negotiation, mediation and arbitration processes by identifying: participants, ultimate decision-making authorities, best alternatives given the circumstances of particular disputes, and the role that the paralegal plays in each process. [REASON]
  2. Evaluate a client's negotiation position in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of that client's case. [REASON]
  3. Describe the meaning and effect of mediation agreements and how they influence the parties' future rights. [REASON]
  4. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration and assist in determining whether arbitration is appropriate and/or required. [REASON]
  5. Define the state and federal laws that govern arbitration, including court mandated arbitration. [REASON]
  6. Examine the various non-traditional alternative dispute resolution processes and determine when they are best applied. [REASON]
  7. Identify the ethical issues that may arise in the dispute resolution process and the professional guidelines and rules used to respond to these issues. [ACT]

LEGAL 224: Medical Paralegal Law

Credits: 5.0

Substantive law and procedures for the medical paralegal, including medical record and case analysis; investigation, discovery and trial preparation; ethics; standard of care; legal and factual research regarding medical issues; life care planning and estimating damages. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct factual and legal research in medical-legal matters and communicate the results of research or analysis in an appropriate format. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Analyze and summarize medical documents and records for use in legal matters. [REASON]
  3. Explain the interaction between the health care and insurance industries and the effect of related government regulation of both. [REASON]
  4. Handle various aspects of investigation, discovery and trial preparation including client and witness interviews, and other procedural practices relating to medical-legal issues in various areas of law. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Identify potential issues that affect life care planning and damages assessment. [REASON]
  6. Identify and understand the substantive law relating to medical-legal issues in various areas of law. [REASON]
  7. Apply the ethical rules and standards of practice to the role of medical paralegal and develop a framework for resolving ethical dilemmas. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Identify and understand Standard of Care and its impact on legal issues. [REASON]
  9. Identify the interpersonal and task-oriented skills that enable and support a team in completing the task or assignment. [ACT]

LEGAL 225: Litigation Practice and Procedure

Credits: 5.0

Examines civil litigation process from pretrial through trial and appeal, with emphasis on preparing litigation-related documents and creating trial notebook. Minimal review of Legal 205 concepts; expectation is student already has working knowledge of rules of civil procedure. Emphasis on practical aspects of paralegal role in litigation. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 and LEGAL 205.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the law office setting and procedures, courts and jurisdiction, and the stages of the civil litigation process. [REASON]
  2. Explain the role of paralegals on the litigation team interviewing clients and witnesses, filing court documents, serving papers, assisting in discovery, assisting at trial and other litigation processes. [REASON]
  3. Integrate substantive and procedural law in preparing documents and working with the various parties involved in the litigation process. [REASON]
  4. Use the relevant federal and state rules of civil procedure and evidence to ensure compliance in preparation of documents, time computation, docketing/calendaring, and other tasks related to the civil litigation process. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the ethical and professional responsibilities of the lawyer and the paralegal in civil litigation. [ACT]
  6. Prepare forms, checklists, pleadings, discovery documents, motions, and other materials relevant to the litigation process. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Create an organized professional-quality trial notebook. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 226: Torts - Personal Injuries and Liability

Credits: 5.0

Study of the law of torts (civil wrongs and liabilities) with emphasis on causes of action for personal injury, negligence, intentional torts and professional malpractice. Defenses and computation of damages also covered. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the law of torts, specifically: Negligence Professional Malpractice Strict Liability Intentional Torts Product Liability Defenses to Tort Actions Computation and Assessment of Damages Insurance Coverage As It Relates to Tort Actions. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ethical obligations of paralegals in a tort practice. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the ability to draft appropriate jury instructions for use in most types of tort cases. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the types of compensation available to injured workers pursuant to various workers' compensation statutory schemes. [ACT]

LEGAL 228: Law Office Technology

Credits: 5.0

Examines Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook use in law office setting; provides introduction to timekeeping, billing, docketing/calendaring applications; legal imaging techniques, and electronic filing; techniques for trial preparation using technology. Students should have basic to intermediate skills using computers, word processing, and the Internet before taking this class. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe basic computer hardware components. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Identify and describe software and information systems typically encountered in the legal environment and the factors to consider when purchasing legal-specific software. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate word processing program features, including preparing, editing, saving, and retrieving documents. [REASON]
  4. Describe spreadsheet and database program features and be able to prepare a basic spreadsheet, graph, and database. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate presentation software program features including slide components, graphics and sound and be able to prepare a basic presentation. [REASON]
  6. Describe features of typical law office time keeping and billing software programs; identify ethical issues that arise with use of such programs. [REASON]
  7. Describe the features of computerized litigation support programs and compare such programs to corresponding manual litigation support. [REASON]
  8. Describe and compare the features of case management and information management software. [REASON]
  9. Demonstrate the features of computerized docket control systems and compare to manual docket control systems; identify ethical problems relating to docket control. [REASON]
  10. Access legal and non-legal data on the Internet and evaluate Internet sites for reliability and validity of information. [EXPLORE]
  11. Use e-mail functions and describe ethical issues that arise as a result of using e-mail and other electronic methods of communication. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 229: Law Office Procedures

Credits: 5.0

Examines nature, organization and function of a law office; policies on legal fees and trust accounts; procedures for bills and collections, docketing and calendaring, and timekeeping; equipment and technology; office safety; disaster recovery; advertising/ marketing; personnel policies; and relevant Rules of Professional Conduct. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment or completion of LEGAL 200 recommended or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the form, structure, and function of law firms and other businesses that provide legal services. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Explain the limitations on lawyer advertising and marketing, and client referrals. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Discuss types of legal fees, fee agreements, and role of paralegal regarding setting or quoting fees. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Explain procedures for complying with American Disabilities Act and workplace safety law, and procedures for emergencies, work-place violence, and disaster recovery. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Maintain a basic law library and resource bank for a law firm or other business providing legal services. [REASON]
  6. Perform paralegal tasks in maintaining client trust accounts using manual or automated systems. [REASON]
  7. Use manual and computerized systems for timekeeping, billing, docket control, and records management. [REASON]
  8. Apply the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct to maintain client confidentiality, and avoid situations involving conflicts of interest, unauthorized practice of law, or other violation of the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct. [ACT]

LEGAL 230: Interviewing and Investigation Techniques

Credits: 5.0

Practical clinic in methods of investigation; using investigative experts; obtaining public and private information; problems of interviewing clients and witnesses; procedures for obtaining statements and photographs. Students conduct practice interview. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and use effective strategies to investigate and gather facts as they relate to formal discovery and informal criminal and civil investigations. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate the ability to schedule and conduct client interviews and witness interviews, as well as to prepare interview plans, summary reports, and witness statements. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Evaluate a potential client's case through the use of interviewing techniques. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate knowledge to effectively identify fact witnesses and locate qualified expert witnesses. [REASON]
  5. Identify and utilize a variety of private and public resources that will assist in the information gathering process. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply communication skills and factual analysis skills to competently plan and carry out an effective investigation in a realistic case context. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Describe the meaning and effect of the relevant ethical and professional considerations relating to interviewing and investigating, including the unauthorized practice of law, client confidences, conflicts of interest, and improper communications. [ACT]
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the American adversarial system, formal discovery in civil and criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence, as they relate to interviewing and investigating. [REASON]

LEGAL 235: Probate Practice and Procedures

Credits: 5.0

Covers substantive and procedural law necessary to probate decedents' estates. Includes administration of estates passing by will and by intestate succession. Special emphasis is placed on the skills necessary for a paralegal to practice in this area. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws affecting devolution and distribution of decedents' estates. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the tasks typically performed by paralegals in the administration of decedents' estates. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the drafting skills required of a paralegal practicing in the administration of decedents' estates. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 237: Estate Planning

Credits: 5.0

Study of estate planning tools including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, community property agreements and healthcare directives, and principles of law that apply to each. Study of applicable state and federal tax laws. Emphasis placed on drafting documents. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the estate planning process and the various documents used to facilitate that process. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Develop a working understanding of the various state and federal laws affecting estate planning. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the necessary skills to work effectively in the area of estate planning. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use effective interviewing skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze clients' needs. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use effective drafting skills to produce necessary documents. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement estate plans, including transfers of property, execution of documents, etc. [ACT]

LEGAL 240: Contracts

Credits: 5.0

Study of laws related to the formation of contracts including sale of goods contracts, defenses to enforceability (capacity, legality, fraud, duress and undue influence), contract conditions, contract performance, third party rights, breach and remedies for breach. Emphasis on legal analysis of contract problems and contract drafting techniques.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss basic common law rules governing contracts and how Uniform Commercial Code rules for sale of goods contract modify or change common law rules. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for forming a valid and enforceable contract. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws related to contractual capacity, legality, fraudulent misrepresentation, mistakes, duress, undue influence, and requirements of the Statute of Frauds. [REASON]
  4. Explain assignments of contract rights, delegations of contract duties, and rights of third party beneficiaries. [REASON]
  5. Explain the types of legal and equitable remedies available in the event of a breach of common law contract and a sale of goods contract. [REASON]
  6. Use substantive rules of contract law in analyzing and drawing conclusion to contract issues. [REASON]
  7. Use rules of contract interpretation in analyzing and drafting contract provisions. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Organize and communicate the results of legal reasoning using the IRAC technique. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Construct a contract using correct style, tone, grammar, word choice, punctuation, and format. [COMMUNICATE]
  10. Integrate knowledge of contract law to evaluate a contract for organization, clarity and comprehensive content, and other issues affecting interpretation and enforcement. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 245: Commercial Transactions

Credits: 5.0

Study of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and the laws governing sale and lease contracts, negotiable instruments, banks and deposits, electronic fund transfers, and secured transactions. Emphasis on practical application of the UCC to paralegal work in consumer and business related areas of law. Prerequisite(s): Completion of LEGAL 240 or concurrent enrollment recommended.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the structure and general content of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). [REASON]
  2. Explain application of the UCC to areas of law such as consumer transactions, business transactions, banking, and debtor-creditor law. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws governing contracts for the sale or lease of goods, including formation, rights and duties of the parties, warranties and disclaimers, and remedies for breach of contract. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the types of negotiable instruments, indorsements, holder in due course status, defenses to enforceability, and liability on the instrument. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of UCC provisions related to bank deposits and collections, and electronic fund transfers (ATMs and e-money). [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws governing secured transactions, attachment and perfection of security interests, types of collateral, rights of the secured party, and sale of collateral upon default. [REASON]
  7. Use hardbound and electronic resources to locate relevant Washington statutes and agency regulations, for forms and procedures for filing UCC documents with state and local agencies. [REASON]
  8. Prepare clear, concise and well-organized written answers to fact problems using the IRAC technique. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Prepare forms or contracts according to the requirements of the UCC and relevant government agency regulations. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 247: Intellectual Property

Credits: 5.0

Covers the legal principles and rules regarding the law of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Emphasis is placed on the skills required of paralegals who practice in this area. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to Identify and understand the procedures for seeking statutory protection of intellectual property rights (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand the substantive law (federal and state, statutory and common law) which grants protection to intellectual property. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the ability to Identify and apply major principles of legal ethics as they apply to lawyers and paralegals practicing in the area of intellectual property law. [ACT]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze facts in a problem and identify the legal issues involved or raised by the problem. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate the ability to Identify the applicable substantive legal rules. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate the ability to Identify appropriate forms and methods used in the protection of intellectual property rights. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate the ability to give concise, clear and well-organized oral or written answers to fact problems which correctly identify the issues, applicable rules of law, analysis and conclusions. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Demonstrate the ability to prepare appropriate forms and other written materials. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 250: Family Law

Credits: 5.0

Laws and procedures related to formation and dissolution of marriages and state registered domestic partnerships; visitation rights, child and spousal support, prevention of domestic violence; adoptions; parentage issues; and juvenile offenders. Washington statutes on domestic relations are examined. Emphasis on skills necessary for paralegals working in areas of family law. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles in the various areas of family law. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate the ability to recognize the essence of a problem or problems presented by a factual situation in the family law field. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the required skills to work effectively in the area of family law, including: Effective interviewing skills; Ability to analyze client needs; Effective drafting skills to produce necessary documents. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the various state and federal laws affecting families. [REASON]

LEGAL 254: Environmental Law

Credits: 5.0

Examines substantive and procedural laws addressing environmental issues, history and development of environment law and practice, relationships between federal, state and local environmental regulations and requirements. Emphasis on practical skills required of an environmental paralegal to evaluate factual situations, apply the appropriate law, and draft appropriate documents. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and purposes underlying laws designed to regulate the environment. [REASON]
  2. Identify and explain the role of the federal and state agencies in regulating and resolving environmental issues and dispute. [REASON]
  3. Describe the legislative intent and general application of the following federal acts & statutes: the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substance Control Act, the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act - Waste Regulation; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Superfund, and the National Environmental Policy Act, and other related federal and state environmental statutes. [REASON]
  4. Describe the causes or issues affecting air quality, water pollution, waste accumulation and disposal, and toxic chemical clean-up. [REASON]
  5. Use electronic and print resources to research and report on federal and state environmental statutes, agency regulations, and court decisions. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Apply principles of environmental law to fact-based problems to resolve issues or recommend an appropriate course of action. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Explain the role of the paralegal and typical paralegal tasks in environmental law. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 257: Immigration Law

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to immigration law & policy with emphasis on practical paralegal skills; study of classification of immigrants and non-immigrants, procedures for admission and deportation, asylum and refugees, naturalization and citizenship. Prerequisite(s): Legal 200 or instructor permission

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and use correctly the common vocabulary terms as related to immigration law. [REASON]
  2. Describe how an individual gains lawful entry to the United States. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Distinguish between the various types of Visas and application processes. [REASON]
  4. Explain deportation and removal requirements. [REASON]
  5. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills in an immigration law context. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Demonstrate awareness of cultural, religious, and ethnic perspectives of those involved in the immigration process and the role and ethical duties of paralegals. [EXPLORE]
  7. Identify and apply substantive and procedural concepts fundamental in immigration law to deepen understanding and solve problems. [REASON]

LEGAL 260: Corporations, LLCs, and Partnerships

Credits: 5.0

Survey of the law, procedures and documents involved in the organization, operation and dissolution of business entities, with emphasis on corporations, limited liability companies, general limited liability, and limited partnerships. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyze the respective advantages and disadvantages of conducting business as a sole proprietorship, various partnership forms, limited liability company, and business corporation. [REASON]
  2. Explain the functions, responsibilities, and liabilities of sole proprietors, partners, shareholders, and corporate officers and directors. [REASON]
  3. Explain the types of securities and basic requirements regarding state and federal registration of securities. [REASON]
  4. Analyze major structural changes to corporations and determine the necessary forms to be filed to complete the change. [REASON]
  5. Explain the rights of minority and dissenting shareholders. [REASON]
  6. Research in print and electronic sources for statutes and agency rules relevant to forming and maintaining business entities. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Prepare documents and follow procedures for forming various types of business entities under state and federal laws. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 263: Debtor-Creditor Law

Credits: 5.0

Study of the federal Bankruptcy Act including procedural steps involved in bankruptcy proceedings and wage earner plans; collection of claims and creditors' rights including enforcement of judgments and pre- and post-judgment remedies. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the various statutory and common law remedies available to creditors under Washington law, including pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate the basic knowledge of the general code provisions related to all bankruptcy cases, including specific code provisions related to liquidation bankruptcies and reorganization bankruptcies. [REASON]
  3. Distinguish between and describe the different types of bankruptcies available, the relevant statutory provisions, and who is eligible to be a debtor under the various chapters. [REASON]
  4. Evaluate information regarding a debtor's assets and liabilities and use the information to prepare documents necessary for a routine consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. [REASON]
  5. Describe the meaning and effect of the basic procedures, forms, documents and other materials needed for filing a Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. [REASON]
  6. Prepare documents and follow the procedures required for attachment, execution, and garnishments. [ACT]

LEGAL 265: Consumer Protection

Credits: 5.0

Overview of consumer laws including unfair and deceptive sales/ advertising; credit reports, identity theft, truth-in-lending; fair billing and debt collection practices. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate tools, techniques, and technology to locate primary and secondary print and electronic legal resources at the state and federal levels to solve consumer law problems. [REASON]
  2. Locate, evaluate and apply federal and state consumer laws in response to an identified legal issue or problem. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the federal and state laws governing consumer credit and sales transactions, including unfair and deceptive advertising and sales, usury and sub-prime lending practices, and warranties. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate an ability to apply deductive reasoning and reasoning by analogy in communicating the results of an analysis and evaluation of a legal problem. [REASON]
  5. Assemble the appropriate documents and forms in compliance with procedural rules regarding content and format, necessary to pursuing appropriate legal action or relief in a consumer law transaction. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Recognize and evaluate the effects of various advertising, sales and lending practices on consumers from diverse social, economic, and cultural or ethnic backgrounds. [EXPLORE]

LEGAL 267: Employment Law

Credits: 5.0

Covers state and federal law regarding pre-employment, employment, civil rights, employee/employer rights, labor and affirmative action issues; working conditions, wages, health and safety standards; employee liability; employment termination; unemployment and pension rights. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of state and federal laws appropriate to employment law. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate a basic substantive knowledge of the issues from pre-interview and recruiting practices through termination of employment. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Apply the practical skills necessary for a paralegal to work in the area of employment law with an attorney. [ACT]

LEGAL 270: Compensation Law

Credits: 5.0

History of employee protection; administrative, legislative and judicial status of state and federal law regarding safety; industrial insurance. Longshoremen and Harborworkers' Act, Workers' Compensation Act; applicable pension statutes and other remedies. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the meaning and effect of the federal compensation law including the Federal Employees Compensation Act, the Longshoremen Act, and the Harbor Workers Act. [REASON]
  2. Define and apply the Washington state laws regarding industrial insurance and worker's compensation, including the general reporting requirements, classifications, audit and record keeping, and rates and the rating system. [REASON]
  3. Research and apply the federal and State compensation laws using print and electronic sources. [REASON]
  4. Prepare oral and written responses to potential client inquiries regarding compensation law. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Define and apply the federal and State agency rules and follow procedures for preparing and filing required forms, petitions, reports, notices, and other documents. [REASON]
  6. Draft worker's compensation pleadings and prepare for mediations and hearings. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate awareness of the ethical and professional responsibilities of the lawyer and the paralegal in worker's compensation law. [ACT]

LEGAL 275: Criminal Law

Credits: 5.0

Examination of our federal and state criminal justice systems including statutory and case law. Emphasis placed upon the constitutional rights of defendants guaranteed by federal and state constitutions. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop the ability to recognize the particular crime or crimes presented in a factual situation by applying Washington law. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Develop an understanding of the progress of a criminal case through the Washington and federal court systems by study of the appropriate Rules of Criminal Procedure. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Develop an understanding of the constitutional rights of a criminal defendant, and the obligation of the criminal justice system to the accused, by study of the U.S. and Washington constitutions and interpretive case law. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate ability to analyze clients' needs and the ability to analyze legal issues presented in a factual situation. [COMMUNICATE ]
  5. Demonstrate ability to engage in simple research on a legal issue in the criminal law area. [REASON]

LEGAL 285: Labor Law

Credits: 5.0

Survey of labor relations law in private, state and federal public sector employment, including: procedures of the NLRB, the FLRA and Washington's PERC; certification of collective bargaining representatives and units; unfair labor practices; grievance processing and ADR. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the field of labor law. [EXPLORE]
  2. Demonstrate the ability to understand topics covered including: bargaining unit representation, unfair labor practices, picket and boycott activity, strikes and lockouts, dispute settlement, grievance procedures, regulation of internal union conduct and public sector labor law (both federal and state). [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze labor law disputes and research and apply appropriate statutory and case law. [REASON]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to draft appropriate documents for various aspects of a labor law situation or dispute. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 291: Legal Internship

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Receive on-the-job experience as a paralegal intern. Earn one credit for every 30 hours of work. Students set up internship and pick up internship forms before quarter begins. Class meets twice during quarter; must attend both classes to receive credit. S/U grade only.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in goals developed for the internship. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in skills developed in the internship in conjunction with substantive knowledge learned in other paralegal courses. [REASON]
  3. Describe at the end of the quarter how they developed those skills. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a law firm, corporate legal department, or public agency in a paralegal or law-related position under the supervision of an attorney. [ACT]

LEGAL 295: Advanced Legal Research

Credits: 5.0

Advanced legal research and critical analysis of legal authorities; emphasis on analytic reading and writing, and development of objective and persuasive writing techniques, with attention to style, audience, and format. Students will develop their skills in preparation of correspondence, internal memoranda, persuasive briefs and memoranda of points and authorities. Prerequisite(s): LEGAL 200 and 210.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct research, using electronic and hardbound primary and secondary legal authority, and analyze the laws related to a particular legal problem. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate techniques of persuasive writing in briefs and memoranda of points and authorities. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the analogical and deductive forms of legal reasoning. [REASON]
  4. Tailor the nature of the communication to maximize understanding in the intended audience, including those with different levels of education and different cultural backgrounds. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Identify relevant, current support for legal analysis using correct citations for legal and non-legal sources. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate effective writing techniques in preparing objective and persuasive legal documents using clear, concise, and grammatically correct English. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues regarding paralegals or non-lawyers engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and giving legal advice. [ACT]

LEGAL 296: Legal Seminars

Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

Topics in specialized or rapidly changing areas of the law. Offered to enhance established program curriculum as well as provide continuing legal education to paralegals. S/U grade only.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of areas of current interest in law and/or the paralegal field. [REASON]

LEGAL 297: Job Placement Seminar

Credits: 1.0

Earn legal specialty credit by attending job placement seminar which covers resume and cover letter writing; interviewing techniques; internships and opportunities for employment in legal specialty practice areas. S/U grade only. Must attend both sessions to receive credit.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a resume and cover letter. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Demonstrate appropriate interviewing techniques. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge of how and where to seek employment appropriate for graduates of the Paralegal Program. [COMMUNICATE]

LEGAL 299: Special Projects

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Individual projects in legal study designed to give exposure to practical problems in areas of particular interest to the student. Credit available with approval. S/U grade only. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department head and project approval of the dean.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop and demonstrate expertise in narrow legal specialty areas through projects proposed by student and evaluated by a paralegal instructor.