College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS Paralegal Studies Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
LEGA 100: Introduction to the Law for the Paralegal
LEGA 105: Legal Research
LEGA 106: Legal Writing
LEGA 155: Introduction to Legal Reasoning
LEGA 160: Real Estate Appraisal

200 Level Courses:
LEGA 201: Interviewing and Investigating
LEGA 202: Wills, Estates and Trusts
LEGA 205: Advanced Research
LEGA 241: Real Estate Economics and Practice
LEGA 245: Real Estate Law
LEGA 261: Litigation
LEGA 262: Tort Law
LEGA 263: Social Security / Worker's Compensation Law

LEGA 264: Family Law
LEGA 275: Paralegal Practicum
LEGA 290: A-Z Selected Topics

LEGA 100: Introduction to the Law for the Paralegal. 3 hours.

The survey of law includes extensive study of the judicial branches of government including the functions of judge, jury, plaintiff and defendant as well as major areas of substantive law. Designed for the paralegal candidate.

LEGA 105: Legal Research. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: LEGA 100, ENGL 150, and either LEGA 155 or PHIL 100.
This class is designed to introduce, explore and use the systems, methods and practical realities of both traditional and electronic legal research. The student will learn how a legal library is structured, what different resources are available for accessing the law and where to start the process of researching a legal issue. The twin goals of this class are: (1) to make the student intimately familiar with a legal library through realistic, hands-on exercises; and (2) to enable the student to begin to understand and apply methods of legal thought. Designed for the paralegal candidate. 

LEGA 106: Legal Writing. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: LEGA 100, LEGA 105, LEGA 155 or PHIL 100, ENGL 150, ENGL 207.
Sound legal writing is the culmination of effective and focused legal research. Accordingly, this class builds upon the legal research and legal-thinking skills introduced in Legal Research (LEGA 105). 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, efficient legal writing. These projects will include, at a minimum, legal memoranda, trial briefs and appellate briefs. Correct methods of citing legal authorities also will be stressed. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient, flexible and accurate writing skills.

LEGA 155: Introduction to Legal Reasoning. 3 hours.

This course emphasizes legal writing and reasoning skills. Through the process of applying legal rules to specific factual situations, skills will be developed by the preparation of appellate briefs, memoranda of law and briefing cases. 

LEGA 160: Real Estate Appraisal. 3 hours.

Principles and techniques applied in the valuation of real estate to arrive at an accurate estimate of the value. For the benefit of real estate brokers and salespeople, those engaged in the mortgage loan business, insurance and investors in real estate.

LEGA 201: Interviewing and Investigating. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: LEGA 100, ENGL 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 105.
A continuation of LEGA 105 further developing research, writing and analytical skills. 

LEGA 241: Real Estate Economics and Practice. 3 hours.

Real estate as an investment; the work of the real estate broker and salesperson. Economic basis of real estate values. Development of real estate as a profession.

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 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 in a law office. 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 paralegal type experience in a law office.

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

LEGA 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

LEGA 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship.