CCPS Paralegal Studies Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
LEGA 110: Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning. 3 hours.

The survey of law includes extensive study of the judicial branches of government, including the function of judge, jury, plaintiff and defendant. The course also looks at substantive law, and provides an introduction to the process of applying legal rules to specific factual situations.

LEGA 120: Legal Research and Writing. 3 hours.

This course is designed to introduce, explore and use the systems, methods, and practical realities of traditional and electronic legal research. Through a variety of realistic and relevant legal writing projects, the student will gain an understanding of how strong legal research is translated into strong, effective legal writing. The projects include legal memoranda, trial briefs, and appellate briefs. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient, flexible, and accurate writing skills, and proper use of legal citations.

200 Level Courses
LEGA 201: Interviewing and Investigating. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: LEGA 100ENGL 150 or ENGL 207. 
This course emphasizes communication skills the paralegal must have to function. As a lawyer excels in written and verbal skills, so must the legal assistant excel. Interviews of clients and statements of witnesses are prepared by students under supervision. Demonstrated proficiency is required for successful completion.

LEGA 202: Wills, Estates and Trusts. 3 hours.

Law applicable to estates and trusts, designed primarily for the individual and for those such as insurance experts who must deal with such problems in their professional work. Taxation will be considered.

LEGA 205: Advanced Research. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: LEGA 120. 
A continuation of LEGA 120 further developing research, writing and analytical skills.

LEGA 245: Real Estate Law. 3 hours.

A comprehensive study of real estate law designed for the person who has had no training in law. All phases of real estate transactions, including new developments, such as the open-end mortgage. For real estate brokers and salespeople, those concerned with the financing of real estate, investors in real estate, and promoters and developers of real estate.

LEGA 261: Litigation. 3 hours.

This course includes study of Missouri and federal civil procedures, trial preparation including discovery, trial and post-trial matters. Designed for the paralegal candidate.

LEGA 262: Tort Law. 3 hours.

This course explores the different causes of action comprising tort law. Negligence, strict liability, workers compensation, and intentional torts will be covered.

LEGA 263: Social Security / Worker's Compensation Law. 3 hours.

This course explores the rights, duties, and obligations of employers and employees within the Worker's Compensation and Social Security system.

LEGA 264: Family Law. 3 hours.

This course introduces the basics of family law such as the law surrounding juveniles and marriage.

LEGA 275: Paralegal Practicum. 3 hours.

It is recommended this course be completed after 45 hours of acceptable degree credits. 
This course is a practicum experience. Each student individually coordinates the course with the program coordinator under the approval of the dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies. The practicum provides the student with a practicum experience in a law office.

LEGA 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

LEGA 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
LEGA 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.