Paralegal Certificate

You must have completed a two-year associate of arts degree or a four-year degree and have satisfied JCCC and American Bar Association general education requirements prior to admission. Students will have fulfilled these general education requirements if they have 18 hours of general education credit from at least 3 of the 4 following disciplines: humanities, social science, and natural science or mathematics.

The following courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 prior to application for admission to the paralegal program. A minimum of 18 hours of legal specialty courses must be taken at Johnson County Community College. Please contact Anita Tebbe for more information at atebbe@jccc.edu.

PARALEGALS MAY NOT PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED BY LAW.

JCCC, as an ABA approved paralegal program, requires its students to take at least ten semester credits through traditional classroom instruction.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all LAW courses.

Suggested Order of Courses

Students may take any number of courses each semester that will also allow them to fulfill their other personal and professional responsibilities.

(Major Code 489A; State CIP Code 22.0302)

Prerequisites: Prior to admission

LAW 121Introduction to Law3
LAW 123Paralegal Professional Studies1
Total Hours4

First Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)7
LAW 134Introduction to Legal Technology*3
LAW 132Civil Litigation*3
Total Hours13

Second Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)4
LAW 201Advanced Legal Technology*3
LAW 195Legal Research3
Total Hours10

Third Semester

LAW 205Legal Analysis and Writing*3
LAW 271Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation*3
Total Hours6

Paralegal Electives

LAW 140Alternative Dispute Resolution*3
LAW 142Torts*3
LAW 148Criminal Litigation3
LAW 152Real Estate Law3
LAW 162Family Law3
LAW 165Forensic Science and the Law3
LAW 171Law Office Management3
LAW 175Environmental Policy and Law3
LAW 212Business Organizations3
LAW 226Immigration Law3
LAW 241Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration3
LAW 245Elder Law3
LAW 247Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 266Employment Law3
LAW 269Bankruptcy Law3
LAW 270Administrative Law3
LAW 275Paralegal Internship I1
LAW 276Paralegal Internship II*1

Total Program Hours: 33

Courses

LAW 121   Introduction to Law (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the major substantive and procedural aspects of law. This course provides an overview of the legal system and knowledge of specific legal topics, including torts, criminal law, contracts, family law, business law, real estate and probate. This course is a requirement for applying to the paralegal program and for completion of the legal nurse consultant program. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 123   Paralegal Professional Studies (1 Hour)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the legal assistant profession. Topics will include paralegal licensing, certification, education, employment and professional ethics. The course is required for students seeking admission to the paralegal program. 1 hr. lecture/wk.

LAW 132   Civil Litigation (3 Hours)

This course will acquaint the student with the major characteristics of the civil litigation process. Students will become familiar with the various types of procedural rules regulating the civil litigation process and their application. Emphasis will be on the role of the legal assistant in a civil litigation practice and will include the drafting of pleadings. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 132H   HON: Civil Litigation (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 134   Introduction to Legal Technology (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the role of technology within a legal work environment and use software customarily available in a modern legal work environment, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software. In addition, students will demonstrate the ability to create, edit, and share common legal documents and forms, and to use the internet within a legal work environment. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 134H   HON: Intro to Legal Technology (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 140   Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 Hours)

This course examines the various methods used by our legal system for dispute resolution and the role of the legal assistant in those methods. Upon successful completion of this course, the students should be able to explore the nature of conflict and the principles of negotiation and review the traditional litigation system. The course will concentrate on the major alternatives to litigation, including mediation and arbitration. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 142   Torts (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the major principles of tort law and personal injury litigation. The student should be able to discuss and compare the elements of negligence torts, intentional torts and strict liability torts, as well as the types of damages available and defenses to each of these torts. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 142H   HON: Torts (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 148   Criminal Litigation (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the objectives, substantive principles and procedural rules of the criminal process. The student will be able to explain the role of the paralegal in criminal litigation practice and draft documents used in the criminal litigation process. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 152   Real Estate Law (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe common types of real estate transactions and conveyances. The preparation of legal instruments, namely deeds, contracts, leases and mortgages will be studied. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 162   Family Law (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe the substantive and procedural principles of family law, including issues related to adoption, divorce, custody, support and visitation. The student will also be able to draft pleadings including petition for divorce, petition for adoption, decrees, settlement agreements and motions for modification. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 162H   HON: Family Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 165   Forensic Science and the Law (3 Hours)

This course will offer a survey of the forensic sciences and will examine their applications to the law. Legal constraints on the use of scientific evidence, including U.S. Supreme Court decision and other legal rules, will be explored. Topics will include an exploration of career opportunities available to persons interested in a forensic-related career. This course is open to any student with an interest in forensic science. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 171   Law Office Management (3 Hours)

This course will acquaint the student with the general principles of law office management and will emphasize the unique characteristics of organizing and managing the law office or legal department. Projects will provide students with opportunities for practical application of law office management concepts. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 175   Environmental Policy and Law (3 Hours)

This course is a survey course in environmental regulation and will provide an overview of key environmental laws including major provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and The Endangered Species Act (ESA). 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 175H   HON: Environmental Policy and Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 195   Legal Research (3 Hours)

This course builds on the skills developed in the Introduction to Legal Research course. In this course, the student will develop more sophisticated skills for the retrieval of information from professional legal literature sources, including both print and electronic media. Opportunities will be provided for skill development in the use of these resources. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 201   Advanced Legal Technology (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate and use specialized legal software to perform customary tasks within a legal environment, including litigation support, case management, office management, file management, time-keeping and billing, docket control, preparation of legal presentations, and research. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 201H   HON: Adv. Legal Technology (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 205   Legal Analysis and Writing (3 Hours)

This course is a required course within the Legal Studies Program. In this course, the student will learn to analyze case law, statutes and secondary legal authority. In addition, the student will learn how to communicate research results, analysis and conclusions professionally and effectively. Numerous opportunities will be provided for skill development. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 205H   HON: Research & Writing II (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 212   Business Organizations (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe the various forms of business ownership, including corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships. The emphasis in the course is on the role of the legal assistant in a business law practice and on the preparation of related documents. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 225   Legal Nurse Consultant Profession (1 Hour)

In this course, students will examine the functions of legal nurse consultants and available career opportunities, including relevant issues regarding employment and independent contracting. 1 hr. lecture/wk.

LAW 226   Immigration Law (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the various aspects of immigration law. The emphasis in the course is on the functions of the paralegal in an immigration law practice and on the preparation of related documents. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 226H   HON: Immigration Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 241   Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to draft a will with testamentary powers. The use of trusts, probate procedures, techniques for fact gathering and mastery of estate tax principles are emphasized in this course. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 241H   HON: Wills, Trusts/Probate Adm (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 245   Elder Law (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the legal aspects of aging. Topics include financial and estate planning, health care, personal planning and protection, taxation, housing and other legal matters affecting the elderly and people with special legal needs. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 245H   HON: Elder Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 247   Intellectual Property Law (3 Hours)

In this course, students will learn the various forms of intellectual property. The emphasis in the course is on the functions of the paralegal in an intellectual law practice and on the preparation of related documents. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 247H   HON: Intellectual Property Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 266   Employment Law (3 Hours)

This course examines the relationship between employer and employee. Major federal and state employment laws will be examined, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 266H   HON: Employment Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 269   Bankruptcy Law (3 Hours)

This course will familiarize the student with the purpose and application of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Topics will include an introduction to the bankruptcy law, bankruptcy court procedures, and the preparation of bankruptcy forms and documents. Emphasis will be on Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code and the role of the legal assistant as part of a team in a bankruptcy practice. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 269H   HON: Bankruptcy Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 270   Administrative Law (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to explain and apply substantive and procedural principles of administrative agencies. The course will concentrate on the basic principles of workers' compensation law, Social Security law; the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety Health Administration. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 270H   HON: Administrative Law (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 271   Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation (3 Hours)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain ethical rules and standards governing the legal profession, interview clients and witnesses, and investigate the facts as part of a legal analysis or proceedings. A major emphasis will be on recognition of ethical problems commonly encountered and the development of interviewing and investigating skills. The course is also designated as the capstone course for the paralegal program. The course will draw the student's paralegal learning together and provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate that he/she has accomplished the program's educational goals. This opportunity will focus on reviewing and finalizing the student's e-portfolio. Classroom discussions will focus on career-planning, including current trends in the profession, procedures for obtaining employment, and development of a resume, cover letter and e-portfolio. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

LAW 271H   HON: Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation (1 Hour)

One-credit hour honors contract is available to qualified students who have an interest in a more thorough investigation of a topic related to this subject. An honors contract may incorporate research, a paper, or project and includes individual meetings with a faculty mentor. Student must be currently enrolled in the regular section of the courses or have completed it the previous semester. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.

LAW 275   Paralegal Internship I (1 Hour)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to gain practical work experience under the supervision of an attorney in day-to-day, on-site office work. The student must complete 120 hours of work at the internship site. In addition to on-site work, the student will meet with the internship instructor during the internship period four times and complete all requirements; keep an eight-week log; interview a practicing paralegal; draft a cover letter and resume; and submit final evaluations by the employer and student. Obtaining an internship is the responsibility of the individual student. 120 internship hours.

LAW 276   Paralegal Internship II (1 Hour)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to gain practical work experience under the supervision of an attorney in day-to-day, on-site office work. The student must complete 120 hours of work at the internship site. In addition to on-site work, the student will meet with the internship instructor during the internship period four times and complete all requirements; keep an eight-week log; interview a practicing paralegal manager; participate in a mock job interview; and submit final evaluations by the employer and the student. Obtaining an internship is the responsibility of the individual student.

LAW 291   Independent Study (1-7 Hour)

Independent study is a directed, structured learning experience offered as an extension of the regular curriculum. It is intended to allow individual students to broaden their comprehension of the principles of and competencies associated with the discipline or program. Its purpose is to supplement existing courses with individualized, in-depth learning experiences. Such learning experiences may be undertaken independent of the traditional classroom setting, but will be appropriately directed and supervised by regular instructional staff. Total contact hours vary based on the learning experience.

LAW 121

  • Title: Introduction to Law
  • Number: LAW 121
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the major substantive and procedural aspects of law. This course provides an overview of the legal system and knowledge of specific legal topics, including torts, criminal law, contracts, family law, business law, real estate and probate. This course is a requirement for applying to the paralegal program and for completion of the legal nurse consultant program. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the structure of the federal, Kansas and Missouri courts systems.
  2. Identify the jurisdictional requirements and types of cases handled by the federal and Kansas court systems.
  3. Explain how judges are selected.
  4. Explain the appellate process of the federal and Kansas court systems.
  5. Explain the lawyer’s function in the legal system and the costs of legal representation.
  6. Interpret the U.S. Constitution and identify functions and interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government.
  7. Locate and analyze statutory and case law.
  8. Explain the federal and Kansas procedures of civil litigation.
  9. Define and explain the four stages of civil litigation: pleadings, discovery, trial and appeal.
  10. Identify and explain the functions of government agencies.
  11. Identify and explain the steps in the administrative law process.
  12. Explain the law of torts, including negligence, intentional torts and strict liability.
  13. Identify and explain the elements of crimes.
  14. Locate and explain Kansas criminal statutes.
  15. Define and explain the stages of criminal procedure.
  16. Identify and define the elements of valid, enforceable contracts.
  17. Identify and explain remedies for breach of contract.
  18. Identity and distinguish the requirements for a ceremonial marriage and a common law marriage.
  19. Locate and explain the significant legal principles in Kansas concerning marriage, divorce and adoption.
  20. Explain the significant legal principles concerning real estate law.
  21. Explain the significant legal principles concerning wills and probate law.
  22. Explain the significant legal principles concerning business and employment law. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. The Court System
   A. Review the structure of federal and state courts.
   B. Identify jurisdictional requirements.
   C. Examine subject matter jurisdiction.
   D. Explain how judges are selected.
   E. Examine the appellate process.
   F. Identify the lawyer’s role in the legal system.
   G. Evaluate the costs of legal representation.

II. The Federal Government
   A. Interpret the U.S. Constitution.
   B. Identify functions and interrelationship of the legislative,
judicial and executive branches of government.
   C. Identify and explain the functions of government agencies.
   D. Identify and explain the steps in the administration law process.

III. The Court Process
   A. Locate and analyze statutory and case law.
   B. Explain the federal and Kansas procedures of civil litigation.
   C. Define and explain the four stages of civil litigation: pleadings,
discovery, trial and appeal.

IV. The Law of Torts
   A. Define and explain the elements of negligence.
   B. Define and explain the elements of intentional torts.
   C. Define and explain the elements of strict liability.
 
V. Criminal Law
   A. Identify and explain the elements of crimes.
   B. Locate and explain Kansas criminal statutes.
   C. Identify and explain the stages of criminal procedure.
   
VI. Contract Law
   A. Identify and define the elements of valid, enforceable contracts.
   B. Identify and explain situations involving breach of contract.
   C. Identify and explain remedies available for breach of contract.

VI. Family Law
   A. Identify and distinguish the requirements for a ceremonial marriage
and a common law marriage.
   B. Locate and explain significant legal principles in Kansas law
concerning marriage, divorce, and adoption.
   C. Define and distinguish between common law property and community
property theories.

VIII. Wills and Probate Law
   A. Identify the requirements for a formal will.
   B. Identify and explain the steps in the probate process.
   C. Explain the purpose of the health care directive.
   D. Explain the use of trust.

IX. Business and Employment Law
   A. Identify and compare the forms of business organization.
   B. Compare the roles of principle/agent and employer/employee.
   C. Define the obligations of an employer.
   D. Define the rights and obligations of an employee.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Minimum of 4 Tests     80% of grade   
Written Project        10% of grade   
Court Visit            10% of grade
                      100%

   Grade Criteria:
   90-100% = A
   80- 89% = B 
   70- 79% = C
   60- 69% = D
   Below 60% = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 123

  • Title: Paralegal Professional Studies
  • Number: LAW 123
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the legal assistant profession. Topics will include paralegal licensing, certification, education, employment and professional ethics. The course is required for students seeking admission to the paralegal program. 1 hr. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Define the term paralegal/legal assistant.
  2. Explain the relationship of the paralegal to an attorney in the delivery of legal services.
  3. Discuss the development of the paralegal profession.
  4. Distinguish the different types of paralegal education, including formal education programs and in-house training.
  5. Explain the American Bar Association approval process.
  6. Explain the different types of paralegal employment, the training requirements for such, salary and job conditions in the employment market, and the responsibilities necessary for employment.
  7. Distinguish between general and specialized use of legal assistants with differentiation between use in the public and private sectors.
  8. Identify associations and publications prominent in the paralegal profession.
  9. Discuss local paralegal organizations.
  10. Discuss the regulation of legal assistants through licensing and certification.
  11. Identify situations involving the unauthorized practice of law.
  12. Apply rules of practice for attorneys, including the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and their relationship to the paralegal/legal assistant profession.
  13. Discuss the guidelines of the Kansas Bar Association for the utilization of paralegal/legal assistants and guidelines set forth by other organizations.
  14. Identify employment opportunities and steps necessary to obtain employment, by engaging in self-evaluation for employment; researching employment possibilities, drafting a resume and participating in a mock job interview.  

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Explanation of the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Profession
   A. Define the terms:  paralegal/legal assistant
   B. Discuss the relationship between paralegal, attorney and legal
secretary
   C. Discuss the factors influencing the growth of legal professions

II. Explanation of paralegal education
   A. Distinguish between formal and informal paralegal education
   B. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of formal and informal
paralegal education
   C. Describe the American Bar Association’s approval process for
paralegal programs

III. Explanation of Paralegal/Legal Assistant Employment
   A. Distinguish between general and specialized use of paralegals
   B. Distinguish between use of paralegals in private and public sectors
   C. Identify the education, training, salary,  and working conditions of
paralegals employed in private and public sectors

IV. Explanation of Law-Related Organizations
   A. Identify national, state and local associations prominent in the
paralegal profession
   B. Identify national, state and local publications prominent in the
paralegal profession

V. Explanation of Regulation of Paralegal Profession
   A. Distinguish between licensure and certification
   B. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages between licensure and
certification

VI. Explanation of Law-Related Ethics
   A. Define ethics of attorneys 
   B. Identify ethical guidelines of paralegal organizations
   C. Analyze an unauthorized practice of law situation

VII. Explanation of Employment Opportunities
   A. Identify general employment opportunities
   B. Demonstrate ability to draft resume
   C. Demonstrate ability to participate in mock interview

VIII. Employment Opportunities
   A. Background information
      1. Career growth
      2. Placement services
   B. Preparation for employment
      1. Review of goals
      2. Early preparation of resume
   C. Job Search
      1. Contacts
      2. Support materials
   D. The Resume
      1. Form
      2. Substance
   E. The Interview Process
      1. Preparation
      2. Types of questions

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Two Examinations - 2 tests, 50 points each  =  60% of grade
Interview of working paralegal              =  30% of grade
In-Class Assignments                        =  10% of grade
                                              100%

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 132

  • Title: Civil Litigation*
  • Number: LAW 132
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: paralegal students or legal nurse consultant students - admission to the program and LAW 121 or department chair approval

Description:

This course will acquaint the student with the major characteristics of the civil litigation process. Students will become familiar with the various types of procedural rules regulating the civil litigation process and their application. Emphasis will be on the role of the legal assistant in a civil litigation practice and will include the drafting of pleadings. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the origin and evolution of the United States litigation system.
  2. Describe the United States federal and state court systems.
  3. Identify various types of legal practice.
  4. Define litigation-related terminology.
  5. Distinguish between pre-trial, trial and post trial procedures. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Introduction to the United States litigation system
   A. Explain the origin of the United States litigation system.
   B. Distinguish and explain the concepts of "burden of proof" and
"standard of proof" and their applications in civil and criminal
litigation.
   C. Discuss regulation of the civil litigation process and the
significance of court rules.
II. The United States Federal and State Court Systems
   A. Distinguish and explain the functional and procedural differences
between trial and appellate proceedings.
   B. Analyze and apply "in personam" and "subject matter" jurisdictional
requirements.
   C. Analyze and apply "venue" requirements.
III. The Legal Profession
   A. Define and describe credentialing requirements for and regulation of
lawyers.
   B. Identify various types of legal practice.
   C. Identify and describe the function and duties of the paralegal in a
civil litigation practice.
   D. Explain the roles of judges.
IV. Litigation-Related Terminology
   A. Recognize and define litigation-related terminology.
   B. Utilize litigation-related terminology appropriately in law-related
communications.
V. Pre-Trial Proceedings
   A. Identify and analyze factors involved in the analysis of a client's
claim or defense.
   B. List and describe the types of available civil remedies.
   C. Describe the procedures for initiating a civil lawsuit.
   D. Identify and describe the types of responsive pleadings.
   E. Explain the differences between "pleadings" and "motions".
   F. Identify and describe the types of formal discovery mechanisms.
VI. Trial
   A. Describe the courtroom environment.
   B. List and explain the stages of a civil trial.
   C. Describe an entry of judgment.
VII. Post-Trial Proceedings and Appeals
   A. Identify and describe post-trial alternatives.
   B. List and explain methods of enforcing a judgment.
   C. Identify and describe the procedures for appealing a civil
judgment.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of two examinations = 20-30% of course grade
A minimum of four document-drafting projects = 70-80% of course grade
Total = 100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 132H

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LAW 134

  • Title: Introduction to Legal Technology*
  • Number: LAW 134
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission as a student to the paralegal program or department chair approval

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the role of technology within a legal work environment and use software customarily available in a modern legal work environment, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software. In addition, students will demonstrate the ability to create, edit, and share common legal documents and forms, and to use the internet within a legal work environment. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Identify the hardware, software and other technology used within a legal work environment.
  2. Explain the function of technology within a legal work environment.
  3. Create professional legal correspondence, memoranda and other common legal documents.
  4. Create spreadsheets commonly used in a legal work environment, including damage projections.
  5. Create legal databases, including an expert witness database.
  6. Prepare cover letters, resumes and other documents commonly used to seek employment as a paralegal.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to conduct legal research and perform other tasks using the internet within a legal work environment.
  8. Explain the importance of professionalism and confidentiality in the use of technology in a legal work environment. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Technology in the Legal Environment
   A. Explain how technology is used in a legal work environment.
   B. Identify potential benefits, risks and issues arising out of the use
of technology in a legal work environment.
   C. Describe future trends in law office technology.

II. Legal Ethics and Technology Issues
   A. Explain the impact of technology on the duty of confidentiality and
legal privileges.
   B. Describe the impact of technology on discovery.
   C. Explain the impact of technology on the duty of competency.

III. Computer Hardware and Software
   A. Identify the hardware and software used within a legal work
environment.
   B. Explain how to improve the process of introducing new technology
into a legal work environment.
   C. Demonstrate the ability to assemble and operate computer hardware
commonly used in a legal work environment.

IV. Word Processing, PDF File Creation, and Document Assembly in the Law
Office
   A. Demonstrate the ability to create, edit, format, share and publish
common legal documents of professional quality.
   B. Demonstrate the ability to use the automated features in document
creation and assembly.
   C. Explain how word processing software is used by legal
professionals.

V. Database Software in the Law Office
   A. Demonstrate the ability to design, create, sort, and query legal
databases.
   B. Explain how databases are used by legal professionals.

VI. Spreadsheet Software in the Law Office
   A. Demonstrate the ability to create, use and format spreadsheets,
including using formulas and creating charts and graphs.
   B. Explain how spreadsheets are used by legal professionals.

VII. The Internet, Email, Emerging Technologies and Social Networking
   A. Explain the use of the Internet in a legal work environment.
   B. Demonstrate the effective use of browsers and search engines in a
legal work environment.
   C. Demonstrate effective and professional use of email and other
computer based communication systems.
   D. Explain the opportunities, advantages, and risks associated with the
use of the internet, email, social networking websites, and emerging
technologies in a legal work environment.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Tests and Assessments 40% to 60% of grade
Homework              15% to 30% of grade
Class Participation    5% to 15% of grade
Special Projects      10% to 20% of grade

Grade Criteria:
89.5 - 100%  = A
79.5 - 89.4% = B
69.5 - 79.4% = C
59.5 - 69.4% = D
Below 59.5%  = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

  1. Students are advised that some projects may require completion at home or in an open computer lab outside regularly scheduled class time. Students should have basic computer skills, including a basic understanding of keyboarding, word processing, file management and formatting. 

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 134H

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LAW 140

  • Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution*
  • Number: LAW 140
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Legal nurse consultant students and paralegal program students - LAW 132 and selective admission approval

Description:

This course examines the various methods used by our legal system for dispute resolution and the role of the legal assistant in those methods. Upon successful completion of this course, the students should be able to explore the nature of conflict and the principles of negotiation and review the traditional litigation system. The course will concentrate on the major alternatives to litigation, including mediation and arbitration. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Define the nature of conflict and its elements.
  2. Discuss historical methods of conflict resolution.
  3. Explain the litigation process and the role played by the legal assistant.
  4. Identify the elements of negotiation.
  5. Differentiate between negotiating styles.
  6. Explain the use of settlement agreements in litigation and the role of the legal assistant in the preparation of such agreements.
  7. Define the nature of ADR.
  8. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of ADR.
  9. Identify the differences between ADR and litigation.
  10. Explain the differences between the major alternative dispute resolution systems.
  11. Explain the uses of ADR in court-related programs.
  12. Explain the uses of ADR in private programs.
  13. Explain the role of the legal assistant in the major ADR systems.
  14. Demonstrate basic drafting skills with respect to the preparation of agreements and other documents commonly used in various ADR systems. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Discuss the Nature of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
   A. Explain the historical background of dispute resolution
   B. Discuss the development of alternatives to litigation
   C. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of ADR
   D. Identify the legal assistant’s role in ADR

II. Analyze the Difference Between Litigation and ADR
   A. Summarize the litigation process
   B. Identify the role of paralegal in the litigation process
   C. Explain the litigation process on participants

III. Explain Negotiation, Compromise and Settlement
   A. Define nature of classical negotiation
   B. Explain uses of negotiation
   C. Identify styles of bargaining/negotiation
   D. Distinguish stages of negotiation
   E. Explain ethical issues in negotiation
   F. Identify settlement agreements in the legal system

IV. Describe Mediation
   A. Explain the philosophy of mediation
   B. Identify qualifications and skills of mediators
   C. Summarize the legal and ethical issues
   D. Discuss the mediation process
   E. Analyze the enforceability of mediation agreements

V. Describe Arbitration
   A. Explain the philosophy of arbitration
   B. Identify qualifications and skills of arbitration
   C. Summarize the legal and ethical issues
   D. Discuss the arbitration process
   E. Analyze the enforceability of arbitration awards

VI. Describe the Summary Jury Trials, Mini-trials, and Other Alternatives
   A. Explain the philosophy of summary jury trials and other
alternatives
   B. Identify qualifications and skills of participants in summary jury
trials and other alternatives
   C. Summarize the legal ethical issues
   D. Discuss the summary jury trials, mini-trials

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Examination - 3 tests, 50 points each = 60% of grade
Projects - 2 projects, 30 points each = 40% of grade
 Total=100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 142

  • Title: Torts*
  • Number: LAW 142
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Legal nurse consultant students and paralegal program students - LAW 132 and selective admission approval

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the major principles of tort law and personal injury litigation. The student should be able to discuss and compare the elements of negligence torts, intentional torts and strict liability torts, as well as the types of damages available and defenses to each of these torts. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Identify the three categories of torts and explain the primary differences among them.

  2. Define the elements required to state prima facie cases for all negligence torts, intentional torts, and strict liability causes of action.

  3. Explain the possible defenses to negligence and intentional tort claims.

  4. Identify Kansas case law and statutes which are relevant to Kansas tort law.

  5. Identify Federal case law and statutes which are relevant to tort law.

  6. Analyze hypothetical facts to determine the existence of a prima facie case and identify which specific cause of action in tort is supported by the facts.

  7. Analyze hypothetical facts to identify possible defendants against whom tort actions could be filed.

  8. Draft complaints which allege causes of action in negligence, strict liability, and intentional torts.

  9. Explain the public policy objectives inherent in tort law.

  10. Explain the history and current status of tort reform legislation.

  11. Identify the types and amounts of damages which may be awarded in specific tort claims.

  12. Use and evaluate software to manage tort cases and to evaluate damage amounts. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Introduction to Tort Law
   A. Major types of personal injury tort litigation
      1. Routine personal injury
      2. High damages personal injury
         a. Product liability
         b. Medical malpractice
         c. Business torts
      3. Mass latent injury
         a. Product liability
         b. Class actions
   B. Sources of tort law
      1. Common law
      2. Statutory law
      3. Restatement of torts
   C. Categories of torts
      1. Intentional torts
      2. Negligence
      3. Strict liability

II. Intentional Torts
    A. Torts against the person
       1. Emotional distress
       2. False imprisonment
       3. Abuse of process
       4. Malicious prosecution
       5. Defamation
       6. Invasion of privacy
       7. Assault
       8. Battery
       9. Misrepresentation
    B. Torts against property
       1. Trespass to land
       2. Nuisance
       3. Conversion
       4. Trespass to chattel
    C. Business torts
       1. Injurious falsehood
       2. Interference

III. Negligence
     A. Duty and foreseeability
     B. Breach of duty
     C. Proximate cause
     D. Damages
     E. Remedies
     F. Wrongful death
     G. Consortium claims
     H. Defenses

IV. Strict Liability
    A. Workers compensation claims
    B. Dangerous activity

V.  Products Liability
    A. Negligence
    B. Warranty
    C. Strict liability
    D. Defenses

VI. Tort Litigation
    A. Interviewing and investigation
    B. Obtaining and reviewing medical records
    C. Estimating damages
    D. Case management
    E. Document control
    F. Assisting at trial
    G. Settlement

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Tests / exams            50%
Projects / assignments   50%
  Total:                100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 142H

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LAW 148

  • Title: Criminal Litigation*
  • Number: LAW 148
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the Paralegal Program or Department Approval

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the objectives, substantive principles and procedural rules of the criminal process. The student will be able to explain the role of the paralegal in criminal litigation practice and draft documents used in the criminal litigation process. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Define criminal conduct and discuss its elements.

  2. Distinguish the conceptual and practical differences between criminal litigation and civil litigation.

  3. Discuss the historical and constitutional foundations of criminal law.

  4. Explain the elements of and defenses to the major classifications of criminal conduct.

  5. Explain the procedural steps in the criminal process.

  6. Identify and distinguish between the roles of the various participants in the criminal process.

  7. Explain the role of the paralegal during investigatory/adjudicatory phases of the criminal process.

  8. Distinguish the differences in the role of the paralegal as an aide to the prosecution or as an aide to the defense.

  9. Explain the ethical requirements of criminal law practice.

  10. Research and analyze various criminal law issues.

  11. Draft pleadings, forms, and other documents commonly used in the criminal process. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

 I. Introduction to Criminal Law
   A. Define criminal law
   B. Identify the elements of crimes
   C. Define and explain mens rea and actus reus
   D. Distinguish between criminal litigation and civil litigation
procedure
   E. Explain the Constitutional provisions related to criminal law
II. Individual Crimes
   A. Identify and distinguish between person crimes and property crimes
   B. Identify and distinguish between general intent and specific intent
crimes
   C. Distinguish between felonies and misdemeanors
   D. Define and explain inchoate offenses of attempt, conspiracy and
solicitation
   E. Identify and explain defenses to crimes
   F. Locate and identify Kansas statutes related to person crimes and
property crimes
III. Discovery and Pretrial procedure
   A. Explain the intake process
   B. Draft a criminal complaint
   C. Identify and explain Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) issues
   D. Identify and explain Fifth Amendment (self-incrimination) issues
   E. Explain and distinguish between initial appearance, preliminary
hearing and arraignment
   F. Draft a motion to suppress evidence
IV. Trial Procedure
   A. Identify and explain due process requirements
   B. Identify and explain the paralegal’s role at trial
   C. Explain the sequence of events at trial
   D. Identify and explain sentencing guidelines and sentencing options
   E. Identify and explain post-trial motions and appeals

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

3 Tests                  50% of grade       
2 Research assignments   25% of grade     
2 Drafting projects      25% of grade     
   Total                100%              

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 152

  • Title: Real Estate Law*
  • Number: LAW 152
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - Admission to the paralegal program or department approval. Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe common types of real estate transactions and conveyances. The preparation of legal instruments, namely deeds, contracts, leases and mortgages will be studied. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain basic real estate concepts and transactions.
  2. Review the requirements and procedures involved in a real estate sales transaction.
  3. Identify real estate ownership rights and liabilities, including those related to forms of ownership and financing.
  4. Explain ways that real estate is used and factors affecting ownership.  

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Basic Real Estate Concepts and Transactions
   A. Identify sources of real estate law.
   B. Differentiate between real and personal property.
   C. Define the term fixture.
   D. Explain how fixtures are a part of real estate.
   E. Identify different types of easements.
   F. Prepare a legal description for real estate.
   G. Identify various forms of title to real estate.
   H. Explain forms of real estate ownership, including joint tenancy,
tenancy in common, and tenancy by the entireties.
   I. Identify the various forms of real estate deeds.
   J. Describe the elements necessary for a valid deed.
   K. Review recording requirements.

II. Requirements and Procedures Involved in a Real Estate Transaction
   A. Identify the licensing and legal aspects pertaining to real estate
brokers and salespersons.
   B. Discuss the basic elements of a real estate contract.
   C. Explain installment contracts and their use in real estate
transactions.
   D. Differentiate between fraud and misrepresentation.
   E. Identify the various requirements for a real estate closing.
   F. Prepare a real estate closing statement.
   G. Explain the use of title abstracts and insurance in real estate
transactions.
   H. Review available types of real estate casualty insurance.

III. Real Estate Ownership Rights and Liabilities
   A. Explain the rights of spouses and other owners of real estate.
   B. Explain the use of real estate mortgages.
   C. Identify different types of real estate mortgages.
   D. Explain mortgage and mortgage note provisions.
   E. Trace the foreclosure process for defaulted mortgages.

IV. Use of Real Estate and Factors Affecting Ownership
   A. Explain the use of public and private restrictions.
   B. Identify various forms of zoning and their use in real estate
development and control.
   C. Explain the requirements for land development.
   D. Discuss the use of homes association restrictions.
   E. Differentiate between condominiums, cooperatives, and townhomes.
   F. Review the provisions of a construction contract.
   G. Explain statutory provisions and legal rights pertaining to
construction and improvement liens and warranties.
   H. Discuss basic concepts of the landlord/tenant relationship.
   I. Identify areas of discriminatory practices in real estate.
   J. Explain how real estate is taxed.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of 4 examinations                75% of grade
A minimum of 5 projects and assignments    25% of grade
 Total = 100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 162

  • Title: Family Law*
  • Number: LAW 162
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - admission to paralegal program or department approval. Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe the substantive and procedural principles of family law, including issues related to adoption, divorce, custody, support and visitation. The student will also be able to draft pleadings including petition for divorce, petition for adoption, decrees, settlement agreements and motions for modification. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the fundamental principles underlying Family Law.

  2. Identify the key Kansas Statutes concerning domestic relations.

  3. Describe the difficulty of interacting with clients in emotionally charged atmosphere often surrounding family law issues.

  4. Draft the following documents: a) Initial pleadings in an annulment, separation, or divorce action; b) Settlement agreement including property division, child issues, and maintenance arrangement; c) Pleadings, decree and certificate of adoption; d) Antenuptial agreement; e) Guardianship.

  5. Describe the mediation process and explain the use of mediation in family law matters. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Introduction to Family Law
   A. Identify and explain historical changes in fundamental principles of
family law.
   B. Locate and identify Kansas statutes concerning family law.
   C. Identify and explain the process of interacting with family law
clients.
   D. Identify and demonstrate techniques for interacting with family law
clients.

II. Marriage
   A. Locate and identify Kansas statutes relevant to marriage.
   B. Identify and explain the requirements for common law marriage.
   C. Identify and explain the requirements for ceremonial marriage.
   D. Identify and explain the rights and duties between spouses.
   E. Draft an antenuptial agreement.

III. Adoption
   A. Locate and identify Kansas statutes relevant to paternity and
adoption.
   B. Identify and explain the procedural requirements for adoption.
   C. Identify and explain the child in need of care proceedings.
   D. Identify and explain termination of parental rights.
   E. Draft an Adoption Petition.

IV. Divorce, Annulment and Separate Maintenance
   A. Distinguish between proceedings for divorce, annulment and separate
maintenance.
   B. Identify grounds for divorce and annulment.
   C. Identify and explain Kansas statutes relevant to divorce, annulment
and separate maintenance.
   D. Identify and explain Kansas statutes relevant to property division.
   E. Identify and explain Kansas statutes relevant to spousal support.
   F. Identify and explain Kansas statutes relevant to child custody and
child support.
   G. Describe and explain the mediation process as it is used in family
law matters.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

4 Tests @ 100 points each     400 points   70% of grade
3 Projects @ 50 points each   150 points   30% of grade

Total = 100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 162H

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LAW 165

  • Title: Forensic Science and the Law
  • Number: LAW 165
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

This course will offer a survey of the forensic sciences and will examine their applications to the law. Legal constraints on the use of scientific evidence, including U.S. Supreme Court decision and other legal rules, will be explored. Topics will include an exploration of career opportunities available to persons interested in a forensic-related career. This course is open to any student with an interest in forensic science. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Describe and explain the history and development of forensic science.
  2. Identify and describe the variety of forensic sciences, and how they are used.
  3. Explain the legal restrictions on the use of scientific evidence, and how those restrictions impact the collection, the handling, and the introduction of scientific evidence in a legal proceeding.
  4. Describe the use of forensic expert witnesses.
  5. Identify job opportunities available within the forensic job market, and the qualifications and training necessary for various forensic positions. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Introduction to Forensic Science
   A. Define "forensic science" and explain how science is used for
law-related purposes.
   B. Describe the multi-disciplinary nature of forensic science.
   C. Explain the history and development of forensic science.

II. Legal Applications of Forensic Science
   A. Describe the applications of forensic science to criminal law.
   B. Explain the applications of forensic science to civil law.
   C. Discuss the applications of forensic science to the investigation of
mass fatality events, human rights issues, and terrorist events.

III. The Forensic Job Market
   A. Describe the career opportunities available for forensic
scientists.
   B. Explain the types of training and qualifications required for
various forensic science jobs.
   C. Identify and explain the role of forensic science-related
professional organizations and certifying boards.

IV. Legal Issues Regarding the Use of Scientific Evidence
   A. Explain the rules of evidence regarding the use of scientific
evidence.
   B. Describe the utilization of consulting and testifying experts.
   C. Identify and explain the major Supreme Court decisions establishing
standards of admissibility of scientific evidence.
   D. Describe and explain the impact of legal rules on the collection,
preservation, and use of forensic evidence.

V. Forensic Applications Relevant to Death Investigations
   A. Identify the uses of forensic archaeology, forensic osteology, and
decomposition studies.
   B. Compare the use of cadaver-dogs with mechanical means of locating
death sites.
   C. Describe the uses of forensic botany and palynology.
   D. Identify the uses of forensic geology.
   E. Describe the uses of forensic entomology.
   F. Explain the uses of forensic microscopy.
   G. Discuss the uses of forensic pathology.
   H. Describe the uses of forensic odontology.
   I. Explain the uses of forensic artistry.
   J. Describe forensic toxicology and forensic serology applications.
   K. Discuss the uses of bloodstain pattern analysis.

VI. Other Forensic Applications
   A. Identify the uses of impression analysis.
   B. Explain the uses of firearms and ballistics analysis.
   C. Discuss the uses of incendiary analysis.
   D. Describe the uses of forensic document analysis.
   E. Identify the uses of forensic psychiatry and psychological
profiling.
   F. Discuss the uses of forensic engineering analysis.

VII. "Cutting edge" (Emerging) Forensic Applications
   A. Describe the uses of forensic photography/digital imaging.
   B. Explain the uses of digital forensics (computer/electronic media and
analysis).
   C. Identify the uses of forensic psycholinguistics (acoustic/speech
analysis).
   D. Describe the uses of forensic accounting.
   E. Explain the uses of forensic nursing.
   F. Describe the uses of wildlife and veterinary forensics.
   G. Discuss the uses of environmental forensics.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Assignments (minimum of three):      30-40%
Tests and quizzes (minimum of four): 60-70%

Grade Criteria:
90-100% = A
80- 89% = B
70- 79% = C
60- 69% = D
Under 60% = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 171

  • Title: Law Office Management*
  • Number: LAW 171
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - admission to the paralegal program or department approval. Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

This course will acquaint the student with the general principles of law office management and will emphasize the unique characteristics of organizing and managing the law office or legal department. Projects will provide students with opportunities for practical application of law office management concepts. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Describe the applications of management principles within law firms.

  2. Distinguish between the concepts of “practice” management and “operations” management.

  3. Describe the function, and representative duties, of a legal administrator.

  4. Identify and describe management-related career opportunities for the paralegal.

  5. Identify and describe different types of law offices and other legal-related work environments, and their management systems.

  6. Identify and describe the various aspects of law library management.

  7. Explain the use of a “dedicated” law librarian.

  8. Develop and implement procedures for managing the ordering and receipt of law library materials.

  9. Evaluate, select, and implement a law library cataloging system.

  10. Implement procedures for controlling and monitoring the use of law library materials.

  11. Identify and explain potential malpractice issues related to docketing procedures, records management procedures, and personnel policies and procedures.

  12. Evaluate, select, and implement a docketing system for use in the law office.

  13. Evaluate, select, and implement a timekeeping system for use in the law office.

  14. Identify and explain uses of timekeeping records.

  15. Evaluate, select, and implement a billing system for use in the law office.

  16. Evaluate, select, and implement systems and procedures for filing and retrieval of records, and for performing conflict-of-interest checks.

  17. Develop and implement procedures for attracting, hiring, training, and evaluating law office support personnel.

  18. Develop and produce a law firm personnel manual.

  19. Identify and describe the physical-facility needs of a law firm, and be able to design a rough layout for the law office.

  20. Coordinate and assist in the moving of a law firm from one location to another.

  21. Develop and implement an inventory-control plan for maintaining office supplies.

  22. Develop and implement procedures for purchasing and updating office equipment.

  23. Assist in the analysis and development of budgeting and long-range business development plans.

  24. Select and implement an accounting system for use in the law office.

  25. Assist in the design and implementation of a marketing plan. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

1. Introduction
   A. Philosophy of legal profession
      1. Describe the legal profession’s historic applications of
management principles and systems.
      2. Explain the ways in which law firms currently apply management
principles and systems.
   B. Management functions within law practice
      1. Identify and describe the concept of  "practice” management.
      2. identify and describe the concept of  "operations” management.
   C. Use of a legal administrator
      1. Identify and describe the function of the legal administrator.
      2. Identify and describe the typical responsibilities of the legal
administrator.
   D. Opportunities for career development
      1. Explain how an understanding of law office management principles
can enhance the non-management career opportunities of the paralegal.
      2. Identify opportunities for career development within the
management structure of a law firm or other legal environment.

II. Law Practice Environment
   A. Law firms
      1. Identify and describe the characteristics of different types of
sizes of law firms.
      2. Identify and describe the various types of lawyer
classifications.
      3. Describe the organizational structure of the typical law firm.
   B. Other
      1. Identify and describe other environments where lawyers are
employed.
      2. Explain the types of management systems typically utilized in
these environments.

III. Law Library Management
   A. Supervisory responsibility
      1. Identify and describe various methods of structuring the law
library management system.
      2. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing a
dedicated” law librarian.
   B. Law library management activities
      1. Develop procedures for making acquisition choices, placing
orders, and monitoring receipt of materials.
      2. Evaluate, select and implement a cataloging system and procedures
for integrating new materials into the law library collection.
      3. Create a system for managing and monitoring the use of law
library materials.

IV. Administrative Systems
   A. Docketing
      1. Identify and explain docketing-related malpractice issues.
      2. Evaluate, select and implement a docketing system for use in the
law office.
   B. Timekeeping
      1. Identify and explain the different methods of charging for legal
services.
      2. Evaluate, select and implement a timekeeping system for use in
the law office.
      3. Explain uses of timekeeping reports other than for billing
purposes.
   C. Billing
      1. Identify and explain the different types of fee arrangements used
by lawyers.
      2. Evaluate, select, and implement a billing system for use in the
law office.
   D. Records management
      1. Identify and explain records management-related malpractice
issues.
      2. Evaluate, select, and implement a conflicts-of-interest checking
system for use in the law office.
      3. Evaluate, select, and implement a filing system for use in the
law office.
      4. Develop and implement procedures for filing and retrieval of law
office records.
      5. Develop and implement procedures for retention and destruction of
case files and client records.

V. Personnel
   A. Management of law office support personnel
      1. Develop and implement procedures for recruiting, interviewing,
and hiring law office support personnel.
      2. Develop and implement procedures for training and evaluating law
office support personnel.
   B. Legal issues
      1. Identify and explain personnel-related legal issues.
      2. Develop and produce a law office personnel manual.

VI. Facilities Management
   A. Physical requirement of the law office
      1. Identify and explain the factors involved in making choices with
respect to location and type of office facility.
      2. Design a layout for a law office.
   B. Moving the law office
      1. Explain the factors to be considered in the evaluation of office
facilities and leases.
      2. Develop, implement, and supervise procedures for moving the law
office from one location to another.

VII. Equipping and Furnishing the Law Office
   A. Office equipment, furniture, and supplies
      1. Identify and describe the various types of furnishings and
supplies needed to equip the law office.
      2. Develop and implement an inventory-control plan for maintaining
office supplies.
      3. Develop and implement procedures for purchasing and updating
office equipment and machinery.
   B. Working with vendors
      1. Identify and describe the advantages and disadvantages of working
with a single vendor vs. multiple vendors.
      2. Establish criteria for evaluating vendor performance.

VIII. Fiscal Control and Long-Range Planning
   A. Accounting systems
      1. Assist in the analysis and preparation of a law firm budget.
      2. Select and implement an accounting system for use in the law
office.
   B. Long-range planning
      1. Explain the importance of identification of law firm goals and
objectives.
      2. Participate in the development and implementation of a law firm
marketing strategy.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of eight team projects    75% of course grade
Peer evaluation                     15% of course grade
Instructor evaluation               10% of course grade
Total                                   100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 175

  • Title: Environmental Policy and Law
  • Number: LAW 175
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Description:

This course is a survey course in environmental regulation and will provide an overview of key environmental laws including major provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and The Endangered Species Act (ESA). 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Research and describe sources of law using legal databases.
  2. Read, analyze and brief legal cases.
  3. Explain the legal foundations of environmental law.
  4. Distinguish procedural versus substantive law.
  5. Explain the scope and effect of the major provisions of key environmental laws including, NEPA, the CWA, the CAA, RRCA, CERCLA, and the ESA.
  6. Discuss emerging environmental policies and laws. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Sources of Law Using Legal Databases
   A. Introduce legal research resources available in the Billington
Library and online.
   B. Utilize legal databases and online resources to complete applied
legal research assignments including a legal research paper.

II. Read, Analyze and Brief Legal Cases
   A. Read, analyze and brief legal cases in preparation for each class
session.
   B. Present and evaluate legal arguments raised in prepared case briefs
for daily class participation.

III. Legal Foundations of Environmental Policy and Law
   A. Describe the historical foundations of environmental policy and
law.
   B. Examine sources of law and legal procedures including, tort law,
criminal law, litigation process, evidentiary standards and rules of
evidence.

IV. Procedural Versus Substantive Law
   A. Examine Procedural aspects of key environmental policies and laws.
   B. Review detailed substantive provisions of selected environmental
policies and laws.

V. Major Provisions of Key Environmental Policies and Laws
   A. Introduce The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
      1. Present a general overview of NEPA.
      2. Describe the applicability of NEPA to environmental issues.
      3. Explain Environmental Assessments.
      4. Discuss Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).
   B. Introduce The Clean Water Act (CWA)
      1. Provide a general overview of the CWA.
      2. Identify permit systems.
      3. Describe the NPDES permit process.
      4. Define technology based standards.
      5. Illustrate Water quality standards.
      6. Define point and non-Point source discharges.
      7. Examine procedures used to address major spills.
      8. Discuss enforcement options under the act.
      9. Introduce the Safe Drinking Water Act.
   C. Introduce The Clean Air Act (CAA)
      1. Define technology based standards.
      2. Define emissions standards.
      3. Discuss National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
      4. Describe new source performance standards.
      5. Describe permit processes.
      6. Examine provisions for accidental release of pollutants.
      7. Discuss enforcement options under the act.
   D. Introduce RRCA
      1. Exemplify "cradle to grave" regulation.
      2. Describe hazardous waste classification.
      3. Distinguish recycling and reclamation provisions.
      4. Discuss regulations applicable to generators, transporters, and
treatment, storage and disposal facilities. 
      5. Describe the permit process.
      6. Explore state regulated hazardous waste programs.
      7. Examine research and development options under the act.
   E. Introduce CERCLA
      1. Define "Superfund."
      2. Describe the scope of CERCLA.
      3. Define pollutants and contaminants.
      4. Describe CERCLA remediation.
      5. Describe national contingency plans.
      6. Identify types of responses.
      7. Examine liability under CERCLA.
      8. Discuss available enforcement options.
      9. Describe citizen suits.
   F. Introduce The Endangered Species Act (ESA)
      1. Provide an overview of the act.
      2. Define species, listing options and designation of critical
habitat.
      3. Describe the listing and delisting procedure.
      4. Introduce recovery plans.
      5. Discuss taking, citizen suits and criminal penalties under the
act.
      6. Examine policies used to evaluate ongoing conservation efforts.
      7. Describe religious exemptions for listed species.

VI. Emerging Environmental Policies and Law
   A. Examine current local, state, and national environmental policies
and laws.
   B. Explore legal mechanisms available to address contemporary local,
state, and national environmental issues.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Exams and Quizzes                     50-60%
Case Briefs and Class Participation   10-20%
Legal Research Paper                  10-20%
Legal Research Assignments            10-20%

Grade Criteria:
90-100% = A
80- 89% = B
70- 79% = C
60- 69% = D
< 60%   = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 175H

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LAW 195

  • Title: Legal Research*
  • Number: LAW 195
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the paralegal program or department chair approval

Description:

This course builds on the skills developed in the Introduction to Legal Research course. In this course, the student will develop more sophisticated skills for the retrieval of information from professional legal literature sources, including both print and electronic media. Opportunities will be provided for skill development in the use of these resources. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

Supplies:

Objectives

  1. Identify and describe the principal types of legal informational resources.
  2. Generate a list of appropriate legal search terms and formulate a search query.
  3. Create a research plan.
  4. Identify and retrieve legal secondary authority in appropriate print and electronic sources.
  5. Identify and retrieve legal primary authority in appropriate print and electronic sources.
  6. Perform cite-checking of relevant legal authorities, in both print and electronic sources.
  7. Cite informational sources in written documents according to an accepted legal citation manual. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Legal Research in Print and Electronic Resources

A. Explain the general characteristics of print and electronic informational resources.

B. Differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of print and electronic media.

C. Identify the major legal information services available in electronic format, such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw, and utilize them to locate legal information.

D. Explain the use of appropriate public-access Internet sites for locating legal information.

II. Development of a Research Plan

A. Identify the legal issue and analyze the underlying factual situation.

B. Generate search terms and formulate a legal query.

C. Identify relevant resources.

D. Utilize cite-checking resources, in both print and electronic formats.

III. Secondary Authority Resources

A. Explain the function of legal secondary authority.

B. Utilize legal reference materials, such as legal dictionaries, thesauri and encyclopedias.

C. Locate information on legal topics in legal treatises, including hornbooks and Restatements.

D. Explain the significance and use of attorney general opinions.

E. Locate information on legal topics in law journals.

F. Describe and locate Uniform Laws and Model Acts.

G. Locate and use practitioner materials, such as CLE publications.

H. Explain the nature of loose-leaf service publications.

I. Identify appropriate legal directories.

J. Locate and retrieve legal secondary authority from print resources.

K. Locate and retrieve legal secondary authority from electronic resources, including appropriate public-access Internet sources and legal information services such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.

IV. Primary Authority Resources

A. Explain the function of legal primary authority.

B. Locate and use federal and state constitutions.

C. Identify and retrieve relevant legislation from federal and state statutory publications.

D. Locate and retrieve relevant regulatory law from federal and state administrative agency publications.

E. Utilize federal and state court reporter publications to obtain relevant case law.

F. Locate and retrieve legal primary authorities from print resources.

G. Locate and retrieve legal primary authorities from electronic resources, including appropriate public-access Internet sources and legal information services such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.

V. Research Validation

A. Explain the objective of "cite-checking."

B. Identify and utilize appropriate legal cite-checking tools, in both print and electronic formats.

VI. Citation of Informational Research

A. Identify sources of legal citation rules.

B. Utilize an accepted legal citation manual to construct citations for legal informational resources.

C. Locate and apply local court rules governing citation form.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

70-80%:    Assignments

20-30%:    Tests and quizzes

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59 % = F

Caveats:

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 201

  • Title: Advanced Legal Technology*
  • Number: LAW 201
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: LAW 134 or BOT 106. Paralegal students must take LAW 134 and BOT students must take BOT 106

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate and use specialized legal software to perform customary tasks within a legal environment, including litigation support, case management, office management, file management, time-keeping and billing, docket control, preparation of legal presentations, and research. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Evaluate the costs and benefits of specialized legal software and equipment.
  2. Demonstrate the use of office management software.
  3. Demonstrate the use of docket control software.
  4. Demonstrate the use of case and litigation management software.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of electronic discovery.
  6. Retrieve primary and secondary source materials using a proprietary legal database.
  7. Demonstrate how to electronically file and retrieve documents from the courthouse.
  8. Describe and demonstrate the effective use of technology within an electronic courtroom. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Specialized Legal Software and Equipment
   A. Describe and evaluate the different technologies available to solve
common legal problems.
   B. Assess the cost and benefits of using specialized legal software and
equipment.
   C. Explain the steps that should be taken to successfully integrate
specialized legal software and equipment into a legal work environment.
   D. Describe developing trends in legal technology.
II. Automated Litigation Support Systems
   A. Describe and evaluate litigation support software and features.
   B. Explain the costs, risks and benefits of automated litigation
support systems.
   C. Explain the litigation support process and the legal assistant's
role in that process.
   D. Demonstrate entry, search and retrieval of documents and information
using automated litigation support systems.
III. Legal Timekeeping and Billing Software
   A. Describe and evaluate automated timekeeping and billing systems.
   B. Explain the different types of legal fee agreements.
   C. Demonstrate entry of data, search and retrieval, and generation of
timekeeping and billing records and of reports using automated timekeeping
and billing systems.
IV. Docket Control, Case Management, and Calendaring Systems
   A. Describe and evaluate docket control, case management, and legal
calendaring systems.
   B. Explain the costs, risks and benefits of automated document control,
case management, and calendaring systems in a legal setting.
   C. Demonstrate entry of data, search and retrieval, and generation of
reminders and reports using automated docket control, case management and
calendaring systems.
V. Electronic Discovery
   A. Explain the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure relating to discovery
of electronically stored information.
   B. Describe the process of requesting, producing, and reviewing
electronically stored information.
   C. Describe and evaluate the costs, risks and benefits of electronic
discovery.
   D. Describe and demonstrate the process of preparing for electronic
discovery.
VI. Legal Research
   A. Explain how to select a legal database.
   B. Explain the different methods of searching a legal database.
   C. Demonstrate how to retrieve and verify cases and statutes using a
proprietary legal database.
   D. Demonstrate how to customize the appearance and settings of a
proprietary legal database.
VII. The Electronic Courthouse
   A. Describe the characteristics of an electronic courthouse.
   B. Demonstrate filing and retrieval of documents from the electronic
courthouse.
VIII. Electronic Courtroom
   A. Describe the technology found in an electronic courtroom.
   B. Demonstrate the use of courtroom presentation graphics.
   C. Describe how technology is used in the presentation of a case.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Tests and Assessments 40% to 60% of grade
Homework              15% to 30% of grade
Class Participation    5% to 15% of grade
Special Projects      10% to 20% of grade

Grade Criteria:

89.5 - 100% = A
79.5 - 89.4% = B
69.5 - 79.4% = C
59.5 - 69.4% = D
Below 59.5% = F

Caveats:

  1. Students are advised that some projects may require completion at home or in an open computer lab outside regularly scheduled class time. 
  2. Students in the Paralegal program must take LAW 134 and students in the Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate program must take BOT 106.

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 201H

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LAW 205

  • Title: Legal Analysis and Writing*
  • Number: LAW 205
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: LAW 195

Description:

This course is a required course within the Legal Studies Program. In this course, the student will learn to analyze case law, statutes and secondary legal authority. In addition, the student will learn how to communicate research results, analysis and conclusions professionally and effectively. Numerous opportunities will be provided for skill development. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the sources and hierarchy of law.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze statutes, legal decisions and secondary sources.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify key facts, issues and the applicable law.
  4. Demonstrate effective and accurate legal writing skills, including: a) mastery of English grammar, punctuation and spelling; b) techniques for organizing written communication; c) communicating written ideas clearly to different audiences, including clients, attorneys, courts and other legal professionals; d) strategies for development of a clear, concise writing style; e) application of persuasive writing techniques.
  5. Revise, reorganize, edit and proofread legal writing.
  6. Draft effective and professional client letters, advocacy letters, opinion letters and memoranda of law. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Mechanics of Writing

A. Identify the purpose of various documents.

B. Identify and distinguish between various audiences.

C. Edit documents to correct grammar and punctuation errors.

D. Organize a document into appropriate paragraphs.

E. Demonstrate use of an outline as a tool to improve writing skills.

F. Use an introduction, transitional phrases and paragraph topic sentences when drafting legal documents.

II. Legal Analysis

A. Identify and distinguish between primary and secondary sources of law.

B. Cite case law and statutory law correctly using ALWD Citation Manual.

C. Analyze and brief an appellate court opinion.

D. Identify and locate relevant authority.

E. Identify when a case is on point.

III. Statutory and Case Law Analysis

A. Identify the elements of a statute.

B. Identify the applicable statute or statutes when presented with a set of facts.

C. Investigate legislative history and apply canons of statutory construction.

D. Identify and state the holding and rule of law of an appellate decision.

E. Synthesize a rule of law from several cases.

IV. Legal Memorandum

A. Identify irrelevant, background and key facts.

B. Write a concise fact statement.

C. Identify and write the legal issues presented by a set of facts.

D. Research and write a legal memorandum that discusses and predicts the outcome of a hypothetical legal problem.

V. Legal Correspondence

A. Identify and distinguish between correspondence to clients and correspondence written on behalf of clients.

B. Write a draft opinion letter to a client.

C. Write a draft demand letter on behalf of a client.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

25-40%    Homework and assignments
25-40%:   Tests and quizzes
25-40%:   Writing projects
5-20%:     Class participation

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59 % = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 205H

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LAW 212

  • Title: Business Organizations*
  • Number: LAW 212
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the legal studies program or department chair approval

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to describe the various forms of business ownership, including corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships. The emphasis in the course is on the role of the legal assistant in a business law practice and on the preparation of related documents. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the various factors involved in the selection of a business entity.
  2. Discuss the concept of doing business as a sole proprietor.
  3. Differentiate between general and limited partnerships and special partnership arrangements.
  4. Explain the steps necessary to create and operate a limited liability company.
  5. Identify the requirements for organizing a small business corporation.
  6. Assist a client in the operation of a small business corporation.
  7. Identify the various methods of terminating a small business corporation.  

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Selecting the Business Entity
   A. Identify the entities available to a small business enterprise.
   B. Explain the factors affecting the selection of an entity.

II. The Sole Proprietorship
   A. Explain the various factors involved in operating a sole
proprietorship.
   B. Discuss the tax aspects of operating a sole proprietorship.
   C. Identify the components of a purchase or sale of a sole
proprietorship business.
   D. Prepare forms and documents related to a sole proprietorship.

III. General, Limited and Special Partnership Arrangements
   A. Discuss statutory and business requirements for doing business as a
partnership.
   B. Explain the tax aspects of partnerships.
   C. Assist in the organization of a general partnership.
   D. Draft a general partnership agreement.
   E. Explain the use of limited partnerships and how they are organized.
   F. Identify the legal requirements for selling, dissolving, or
terminating a partnership interest or business.
   G. Distinguish joint ventures and limited liability companies from
general and limited partnerships.
   
IV. Creating and Operating a Limited Liability Company
   A. Discuss general concepts pertaining to limited liability companies.
   B. Assist in the organization of a limited liability company.
   C. Prepare organizational documents for a limited liability company.
   D. Convert an existing business to a limited liability company.
   E. Terminate a limited liability company.

V. Organizing a Small Business Corporation
   A. Discuss the various aspects of incorporating a small business,
including taxation, asset transfer preincorporation agreements, and the
selection of the corporate name and state of incorporation.
   B. Explain the rights, responsibilities and agreements pertaining to
shareholders.
   C. Identify the functions and responsibilities of a corporation’s
board of directors.
   D. Identify the officers of a corporation and explain their powers and
duties.
   E. Assist in the preparation and filing of articles of incorporation
and bylaws.
   F. Prepare corporate records and documents, including minutes of
meetings and contracts.
   G. Discuss the ramifications of incorporating a going business and
capital requirements.
   H. Differentiate between the types of corporate management and control
structure.
   I. Assist in a corporation's compliance with federal and state
securities laws.
   J. Prepare stock certificates and stock transfer restrictions.
   K. Identify the procedural requirements for a subchapter S election and
close corporation.
   L. Explain the statutory and professional requirements pertaining to
the creation and operation of a professional corporation.

VI. Operating a Small Business Corporation
   A. Discuss the various aspects of employee compensation.
   B. Explain the use of dividends, redemptions and other distributions.
   C. Identify required government reports and returns.
   D. Assist in the handling of corporate meetings and disputes.
   E. Explain the personal liability of corporate participants.
   F. Prepare documentation required to amend articles of incorporation
and to do business in another state.
   G. Explain capital requirements for operating and restructuring a
business, including the acquisition of another business.

VII. Terminating a Small Business Corporation
   A. Identify the alternatives available to a failing business.
   B. Explain the various aspects involved in the selling a business.
   C. Differentiate between dissolution and liquidation as methods to
terminate a small business corporation.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of five examinations                  60% of grade
A minimum of five applications & assignments    40% of grade
                                               100%
   90%+  = A
   80%   = B
   70%   = C
   60%   = D
   Below 60% = F

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 225

  • Title: Legal Nurse Consultant Profession*
  • Number: LAW 225
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Lecture Hours: 1

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the legal nurse consultant program or department chair approval

Description:

In this course, students will examine the functions of legal nurse consultants and available career opportunities, including relevant issues regarding employment and independent contracting. 1 hr. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the function of the LNC as a liaison between legal personnel and health care industry personnel.
  2. Identify and describe the various settings in which an LNC might provide professional services.
  3. Describe the role of the LNC as a member of the legal team in the law firm environment.
  4. Identify and describe representative activities performed by the LNC as a litigation support consultant.
  5. Describe the role of the LNC in the insurance industry environment, and identify representative activities performed by the LNC in this setting.
  6. Describe the role of the LNC in a health-care risk management department, and identify representative activities performed by the LNC in this setting.
  7. Describe the role of the LNC in the government agency environment, and identify representative activities performed by the LNC in this setting.
  8. Differentiate between the role of the “consultant” and the role of the “independent expert witness,” and explain the function of the LNC as “testifying expert witness.”
  9. Identify and describe the sources of applicable “codes of professional conduct,” and explain their significance for the LNC.
  10. Identify and describe the professional organizations which are relevant to the LNC, and how participation in these organizations can benefit the LNC.
  11. Define and differentiate between the “employer-employee” relationship and the independent contractor, and explain the legal and practical consequences of each.
  12. Design and implement an effective job-search plan.
  13. List and explain the steps to be followed in establishing a professional consulting business.
  14. Design and implement an effective marketing plan.
  15. Design and implement an effective business and financial-management plan.  

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Nature and Scope of the LNC Profession
   A. Definition of a Legal Nurse Consultant
      1. Explain how the LNC functions as a liaison between legal
personnel and health care industry personnel.
      2. Identify and explain representative types of activities which
might be performed by an LNC.
   B. Work environment
      1. Identify and describe the various settings in which an LNC might
provide professional services.
      2. Identify and describe the types of work relationships (employee
vs. independent contractor) available to the LNC.

II. Practice Environments
   A. The role of the LNC in the law firm environment
      1. Describe the structure of the “typical” law firm.
      2. Define and describe the concept of the “legal team.”
      3. Identify the various areas of litigation practice in which
utilization of an LNC is relevant, including both civil and criminal
litigation matters.
      4. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in researching legal and
medical literature.
      5. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in drafting or analyzing
pleadings, motions and discovery materials.
      6. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in organizing,
reviewing, and summarizing medical records.
      7. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in drafting
correspondence with health care personnel and experts.
      8. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the analysis of
medical-related claims.
      9. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the analysis of
medical-related factual information.
     10. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the identification of
and communication with experts (including medical experts, economic
experts, etc.).
     11. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the analysis of
damages.
     12. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the collection of
medical-related evidence.
     13. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in witness interviewing
and preparation.
     14. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the development of a
life-care plan.
     15. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in trial preparation.
     16. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in the preparation of
medical-related trial exhibits.
     17. Identify and explain how the LNC assists in enhancing the
attorney’s understanding of medical-related issues and information.
   B. The role of the LNC in the insurance company environment
      1. Define and explain the concept of insurance (i.e., contractual
arrangement).
      2. Identify and describe types of coverage and insurance products.
      3. Explain the regulation of the insurance industry.
      4. Identify and describe practical applications and occupational
options for the LNC.
      5. Describe the role of the LNC and representative professional
activities which might be performed in this setting.
   C. The role of the LNC in a health-care risk management department
      1. Define and explain the nature and function of risk management.
      2. Identify and describe the components of risk management.
      3. Identify and describe licensing and certification issues.
      4. Identify and describe specific settings in which an LNC might be
utilized, including risk management departments of health care facility or
groups.
      5. Describe the role of the LNC and representative professional
activities which might be performed in this setting.
   D. The role of the LNC in the government agency environment
      1. Explain how the LNC functions as a support member of governmental
regulatory agencies and departments.
      2. Identify representative agencies engaged in providing or
evaluating health care delivery to individuals.
      3. Describe applicable legislative mandates and typical agency
functions and responsibilities.
      4. Identify and describe the role of the LNC and representative
professional activities which might be performed in this setting.
   E. The LNC as “testifying expert witness”
      1. Define and explain the function of the independent expert
witness.
      2. Distinguish and explain the differences between the role of the
“consultant” and the role of the “independent expert witness.”
      3. Identify and explain legal and procedural issues relevant to the
LNC expert witness.
      4. Identify and explain practical aspects and issues affecting the
testifying expert witness.

III. Employment Issues – the “Employer/Employee” Relationship
   A. Conducting the job search
      1. Identify and evaluate techniques for identifying employment
opportunities.
      2. Conduct research on a prospective employer.
      3. Describe employer recruitment and hiring policies and
procedures.
      4. Compose and draft a professional resume.
      5. Identify and explain techniques for interviewing and following
up.
   B. Entering into the employment relationship
      1. Identify and explain the legal consequences of the
employer/employee relationship.
      2. Identify and describe the practical aspects of the
employer/employee work relationship.

IV. Employment Issues – the Independent Contractor
   A. Legal issues
      1. Define and describe the nature and legal status of the
independent contractor.
      2. Define the agency relationship and its personal-liability
consequences.
      3. Identify and evaluate the legal and tax consequences of
independent contracting.
      4. Identify and describe other legal requirements of establishing a
business, such as business licensing requirements and zoning
restrictions.
      5. Explain the use of written contracts and related legal issues.
   B. Business issues
      1. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of
employment vs. independent contracting.
      2. Describe the use of professional advisers (e.g., attorney,
accountant, other business consultants, etc.) in the establishment of a
new business.
      3. Identify the marketing consequences of choosing a business name.
      4. Identify and describe the factors to be considered in selecting a
business location.
      5. Identify and explain the various sources and methods of obtaining
start-up capital.
      6. Describe the factors influencing the identification and pricing
of the LNC’s professional services.
      7. Explain the procedures for initiating and terminating the
professional relationship.
      8. Identify and explain the various types of business and financial
record keeping, and their uses.
      9. Identify and explain applicable forms of insurance coverage –
casualty, errors and omissions, etc.
     10. Identify and describe various methods of marketing professional
services and assessing their results.
     11. Identify and explain procedures for collection of fees.
     12. Identify and describe the legal and business issues confronting
the independent LNC as employer.
   C. Development of the business and financial-management plan
      1. Identify and explain the procedures for establishing goals.
      2. Identify and describe the components of the business plan.
      3. List and explain the procedural aspects of developing a business
plan.
      4. Identify and explain the uses of the business plan.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of three examinations   40% of course grade
Writing assignments               60% of course grade
                                 100%
   Grade Criteria:
   A =      
   B =    
   C =    
   D =    
   F =

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 226

  • Title: Immigration Law*
  • Number: LAW 226
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students: admission to the paralegal program or department approval . Legal nurse consultant students: LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the various aspects of immigration law. The emphasis in the course is on the functions of the paralegal in an immigration law practice and on the preparation of related documents. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the basic concepts of immigration law.

  2. List the various types of non-immigrants.

  3. Identify relative-based and employment-based employment.

  4. Identify other types of legal permanent residents.

  5. Explain the various benefits, obligations and requirements of American citizenship.

  6. Identify the various grounds for inadmissibility and removal.

  7. Explain the legal procedures for refugee status and asylum.

  8. Identify the legal ethics applicable to the practice of immigration law.

  9. Draft forms used in a practice of immigration law. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Overview of Immigration Law
   A. Explain the fundamental aspects of immigration law and policy.
   B. Explain how the American system of government determines immigration
law and policy.
   C. List  the functions of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
   D. Identify sources of immigration law and forms.

II. Basics of Non-Immigrant Status
   A. Define nonimmigrant status.
   B. Explain the qualifying process for various types of nonimmigrant
status.
   C. Identify persons qualifying for academic student visas.
   D. Prepare application forms for nonimmigrant status.

III. Immigrants: Relative-Based
   A. Explain legal permanent resident (LPR) status.
   B. Identify the various types of relatives necessary for obtaining LPR
status.
   C. Explain preferences requirements.
   D. Explain the term “priority date” and its application to
preferences.
   E. Discuss the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act of 2000 (LIFE).

IV. Immigrants: Employment-Based
   A. Explain the function of the U.S. Department of Labor in obtaining
LPR status
   B. List the factors related to position qualification.
   C. Explain the five types of employment preferences.
   D. Explain the impact of illegal alien employees.

V. Other Types of LPR Status
   A. Explain the concept of diversity immigrants.
   B. Explain obtaining LPR status through registry.
   C. Explain use of amnesty before and after 9/11 in obtaining LPR
status.
   D. Explain the use of asylum in obtaining LPR status.
   E. Differentiate between the different types of adjustments of status.

VI.  American Citizenship
   A.  Identify the various benefits and obligations of citizenship.
   B. Differentiate between natural-born citizens and naturalization.
   C. Explain loss of citizenship through denaturalization and
expatriation.

VII. Inadmissibility and Removal
   A. Define the term inadmissibility.
   B. Explain the various grounds for inadmissibility.
   C. Define the term removal.
   D. Explain the various procedures related to removal.

VIII. Refugees and Asylum
   A. Define the term refugee.
   B. Discuss the various types of persons eligible for refugee status.
   C. Explain the concept of asylum and the procedures required for
obtaining it.
   D. Explain the basis for determining fraud and frivolous claims.
   E. Discuss the adjustment of status for refugees and asylees.

IX. Legal Ethics in the Practice of Immigration Law
   A. Identify applicable legal ethics, including the unauthorized
practice of law.
   B. Discuss methods to avoid immigration fraud.
   C. Discuss the benefits of foreign language skills.
   D. Identify legal and non-legal resources.

X. Immigration Law Practice and Procedures
   A. Explain the methods in which clients obtain citizenship.
   B. Identify appropriate immigration law forms for the client’s
situation.
   C. Explain to the client the need for necessary forms
   D. List basic principles for the practice of immigration law.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of three examinations                    60% of grade
A minimum of five applications and assignments  40% of grade
   Total                                            100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

  1. Computer Literacy Expectations: Students will need basic word processing and Internet skills for the completion of some papers, exercises and projects. 

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 226H

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LAW 241

  • Title: Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration*
  • Number: LAW 241
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - admission to the paralegal program or department approval. Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to draft a will with testamentary powers. The use of trusts, probate procedures, techniques for fact gathering and mastery of estate tax principles are emphasized in this course. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the purpose and need for a will.

  2. Discuss the concept of property relating to wills, trusts, and estate administration.

  3. Identify the participants and forum used in estate administration.

  4. Outline the law of succession and its relationship to dying with or without a will.

  5. Summarize the various factors involved in the preparation of a will, including validity requirements, modification, revocation and potential will contests.

  6. Prepare for the drafting of a will.

  7. Draft a will that meets legal requirements for execution.

  8. Explain basic concepts relating to trusts.

  9. Classify various types of trusts, including the living trust and other special trusts.

  10. Explain the fundamental concepts of estate planning.

  11. Describe estate administration procedures.

  12. Explain alternative forms of probate administration.

  13. Discuss the use of guardians and conservators.

  14. Identify ethical principles relevant to wills, trusts and probate administration. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. The Purpose and Need for a Will
   A. Understand and explain why most people die without a will.
   B. Begin to identify basic terminology of wills and trusts.
   C. Recognize the function and purpose of wills.
   D. Differentiate between testate and intestate procedures and
outcomes.
   E. Recognize the persons involved with wills and trusts.
   F. Identify situations where a person may not need a will.

II. The Concept of Property Relating to Wills, Trusts and Estate
Administration
   A. Identify the various kinds of property.
   B. Recognize and understand the terminology associated with property
law.
   C. Distinguish the various forms of property ownership.
   D. Understand legal precedents with respect to joint tenancies.
   E. Differentiate between community property and other forms of property
ownership.
   F. Explain the different types of real property estates.

III. Participants and Forum Used in Estate Administration
   A. Identify the participants essential for drafting wills and trusts
and for estate administration.
   B. Identify the proper court that supervises estate administration.
   C. Explain jurisdictional requirements.
   D. Determine the proper venue to commence probate proceedings.
   E. Recognize the necessity to commence ancillary administration.

IV. The Law of Succession and Its Relationship to Dying With or Without a
Will
   A. Use basic terms associated with testacy and intestacy.
   B. Explain different terminology used for transfer of property by will
or trust.
   C. Recognize and identify lineal and collateral relationships in
conjunction with property inheritance.
   D. Interpret state intestate succession statutes.
   E. Differentiate between consanguinity and affinity relationships.
   F. Differentiate between per stirpes and per capita.
   G. Explain the right of a state to take property where there are no
legal heirs.

V. Factors Involved in the Preparation of a Will,  Including Validity
Requirements, Modification, Revocation and Will Contests
   A. Use terminology associated with the validity, modification and
revocation of wills.
   B. Recognize the formal requirements for a valid will and verify that a
client’s will has satisfied them.
   C. Interpret statutes for applications to wills.
   D. Understand the legal requirements for modifying an existing will.

VI. Preparation for Drafting of a Will
   A. Collect and assimilate relevant facts needed for the preparation of
a draft of a will.
   B. Identify legal requirements for a valid will.
   C. Develop checklists to obtain information necessary for a draft of a
will.
   D. Validate information.

VII. Drafting a Will That Meets Legal Requirements for Execution
   A. Identify and understand terminology used in preparing a will.
   B. Analyze collected data.
   C. Apply state statutes affecting the valid construction of a will.
   D. Draft a preliminary will.
   E. Explain the purpose and function of a self-proving affidavit, living
will, health care proxy and durable power of attorney.

VIII. Basic Concepts Relating to Trusts
   A. Understand basic terminology of trusts.
   B. Identify and define essential elements of trusts.
   C. Identify participants in the creation and operation of trusts.
   D. Explain trust terminations.

IX. Classification of Trusts, the Living Trust  and Other Special Trusts
   A. Identify and define the classes of trusts.
   B. Explain the uses and functions of various kinds of trusts.
   C. Explain the formation, use, advantages and disadvantages of living
revocable and irrevocable trusts.
   D. Identify and explain the function of Totten,  spendthrift and
sprinkling trusts and a pour-over will.
   E. Prepare preliminary drafts of private express trusts including
living trusts.
   F. Identify common errors in the initial draft of a trust.

X. Fundamental Concepts of Estate Planning
   A. Explain the need for and purpose of an estate plan and the
procedures used to create it.
   B. Understand the adverse factors that diminish an estate’s value and
how to minimize them.
   C. Utilize will and trusts concepts in creating an estate plan.
   D. Identify and incorporate into an estate plan tax-saving methods to
reduce or eliminate federal and/or state death taxes.

XI. Estate Administration Procedures
   A. Identify and define the various types of personal representatives
involved in the administration of decedents' estates.
   B. Understand the procedures for appointing the personal representative
in formal probate proceedings.
   C. Explain the basic functions performed by the personal representative
in preparing for probate administration.
   D. Assist the personal representative and attorney in performing
required duties of estate administration.

XII. Alternative Forms of Probate Administration
   A. Explain the distinction between probate proceedings and estate
administration.
   B. Identify and explain alternative procedures to probate and estate
administration.
   C. Distinguish traditional forms of probate and estate administration
from alternative procedures.

XIII. The Use of Guardians and Conservators
   A. Explain the use of a guardian and/or conservator for minors or
disabled persons in probate proceedings.
   B. Identify non-probate alternatives.
   C. Discuss various situations where the use of a guardian and/or
conservator would be appropriate.

XIV. Ethical Principles Relevant to Wills, Trusts and Probate
Administration
   A. Identify legal ethical requirements applicable to the field of
wills, trusts and estate administration.
   B. Understand the types of legal tasks that would constitute the
unauthorized practice of law.
   C. Identify specific rules and options adopted and enforced by the
state supreme court.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of four examinations 60% of grade
A minimum of five applications & assignments 40% of grade
  Total 100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 241H

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LAW 245

  • Title: Elder Law*
  • Number: LAW 245
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - admission to the paralegal program or department approval. Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the legal aspects of aging. Topics include financial and estate planning, health care, personal planning and protection, taxation, housing and other legal matters affecting the elderly and people with special legal needs. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the various medical, social, financial and legal factors that form the basis of elder law.

  2. Deal with the elder client and his or her family.

  3. Identify federal, state and local government agencies that affect or support the needs of an elder person.

  4. Identify private agencies and organizations that provide assistance to elder persons.

  5. Discuss basic concepts of financial and estate planning.

  6. Explain the utilization of guardianships and conservatorships.

  7. Identify persons who are legally classified as fiduciaries.

  8. Explain the various legal documents used to support a person’s personal and healthcare needs.

  9. Identify various types of insurance, including life, health and long-term care.

  10. Explain various forms of public benefits available to qualified persons.

  11. Identify various types of housing, hospital and nursing care available to elder and disabled persons.

  12. Discuss patient and nursing care residents’ rights and remedies.

  13. Identify tax matters affecting elder persons.

  14. Discuss consumer protection and rights.

  15. Identify persons with special needs and various supportive agencies and organizations.

  16. Access elder law resources. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Overview of Elder Law
   A. Identify people affected.
   B. Identify medical reasons for development of elder law.
   C. Explain the social and financial aspects of elder law.
   D. Identify major legal issues.

II. The Elder Client and His or Her Family
   A. Conduct an initial client interview.
   B. Assist the elder client in identifying important papers and
documents.
   C. Apply legal ethics to the elder client/attorney relationship.

III. Government Agencies
   A. Explain major legislation affecting elder people.
   B. Identify federal agencies that affect elder persons.
   C. Identify state and local agencies that affect elder persons.
   D. Ascertain information about specific agencies.
   E. Deal with representatives of government agencies.

IV. Private Agencies and Organizations
   A. Ascertain information about private agencies and organizations
offering services to elder people.
   B. Deal with representatives of private agencies and organizations.
   C. Identify limitations of private agencies and organizations.

V. Financial and Estate Planning
   A. Explain the use of wills and trusts.
   B. Develop an estate plan.
   C. Explain the use of gifts in estate planning.
   D. Identify various retirement benefits.
   E. Discuss post-death estate matters including estate administration.
   F. Prepare financial durable powers of attorney.

VI. Guardianships and Conservatorships
   A. Identify situations where the use of a guardianship and/or
conservatorship would be appropriate.
   B. Explain the judicial process for setting up and administering a
guardianship and/or conservatorship.
   C. Provide post-appointment monitoring and supervision.
   D. Identify various persons legally classified as fiduciaries.

VII. Personal and Healthcare Needs
   A. Explain medical directives including medical powers of attorney,
living wills and health care directives.
   B. Discuss the medical and legal ethics involved in end-of-life
planning.
   C. Prepare durable powers of attorney for health care decisions, living
wills and medical directives.

VIII. Insurance
   A. Explain the various types of insurance available including:
      1. Life.
      2. Health.
      3. Long-term and home care.
      4. Medigap.
      5. Long-term disability.
      6. Dread disease.
      7. Burial/funeral.
   B. Review existing insurance policies.
   C. Explain viatical settlements.

IX. Public Benefits
   A. Identify various public entitlement programs, including Social
Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
   B. Assist in the application of Medicare benefits.
   C. Assist in the application of Medicaid benefits.
   D. Explain the basic concepts of Social Security benefits.
   E. Identify situations where supplemental security income benefits
would be available.
   F. Provide information about veterans’ benefits.

X. Housing, Hospital and Nursing Care
   A. Identify various forms of living facilities available to elder
persons.
   B. Explain the use of reverse mortgages.
   C. Assist in placing elder persons in independent living facilities.
   D. Assist in placing elder persons in assisted living facilities.
   E. Assist in the selection of a nursing home.

XI. Patient and Nursing Care Resident Rights and Remedies
   A. Identify protective services in cases of abuse, neglect and
exploitation.
   B. Explain the Patient Self-Determination Act.
   C. Identify legal rights.

XII. Tax Matters
   A. Explain basic income tax provisions pertaining to elder persons.
   B. Identify special exemptions and state tax benefits for elder
persons.
   C. Discuss federal estate and gift tax laws and state death taxes.
   D. Prepare homestead/renters’ claims.

XIII. Consumer Protection and Rights
   A. Identify various federal and state statutes for consumer
protection.
   B. Explain special considerations by utilities for elder persons.
   C. Discuss age discrimination.
   D. Explain the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

XIV. Persons With Special Needs
   A. Identify mentally and/or physically disabled persons.
   B. Locate special needs facilities, agencies and organizations.
   C. Assist in obtaining financial and/or physical assistance for persons
with special needs.
   D. Explain the use of non-profit corporate guardianships.
   E. Explain the use of special needs trusts.

XV. Elder Law Resources
   A. Identify resource organizations.
   B. Identify elder law print and Internet resources.
   C. Access elder law print and Internet resources.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of 3 examinations                50% of grade
A minimum of 5 projects and assignments    50% of grade
              Total                            100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 245H

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LAW 247

  • Title: Intellectual Property Law*
  • Number: LAW 247
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - admission to the paralegal program or division administrator approval. Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 225 and LAW 121

Description:

In this course, students will learn the various forms of intellectual property. The emphasis in the course is on the functions of the paralegal in an intellectual law practice and on the preparation of related documents. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the basic concepts of intellectual property law.

  2. Discuss the elements of copyright law, including rights, limitations and ownership.

  3. Identify the requirements for copyright registration.

  4. Assist in the handling of copyright disputes.

  5. Explain the various aspects of trade secrets.

  6. Discuss the elements of trademark law.

  7. Perform various functions involving trademark administration and protection.

  8. Explain the elements of patent law.

  9. Assist in the patent application process and litigation. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Overview of Intellectual Property Law
   A. Describe the types of intellectual property law
   B. Explain ethical considerations
   C. Contrast various recording and registration requirements
   D. Differentiate between intellectual property and others forms of
property
   E. Outline fundamental requirements for the protection of various types
of intellectual property

II. Basics of Copyrights
   A. Identify the sources of copyright law
   B. Explain what is entitled to protection under copyright law
   C. Explain the different categories of works, derivative works, and
compilations
   D. Describe excludible materials not protected by copyright laws

III. Rights and Limitations of Copyrights
   A. Discuss author rights
   B. Differentiate between reproduction and adaptation rights
   C. Analyze the use of copyrighted works under fair use principles
   D. Outline limitations on rights granted for nonprofit and educational
purposes
   E. Describe the rights of an owner of a copy of a computer software
program

IV. Fundamentals of Copyright Ownership
   A. Explain differences between author and owner rights, including joint
rights
   B. Differentiate between various types of transfers of copyright
ownership
   C. Understand methods for creation of works for hire
   D. Explain procedures and requirements for registering transfers of
ownership
   E. Determine time limitation for copyright protection

V. Copyright Formalities and Registration
   A. Identify proper copyright notice placement and forms
   B. Discuss ramifications for omission of copyright notice
   C. Explain advantages of copyright registration
   D. Apply copyright registration techniques to particular situations

VI. Copyright Disputes
   A. Describe elements of copyright infringement
   B. Identify available remedies and defenses
   C. Assist in preparation of various dispute documents
   D. Assist in the discovery process
   E. Interview a client involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit
   F. Prepare for a copyright infringement trial

VII. Trade Secrets
   A. Differentiate trade secret protection from copyright and patent
protection
   B. Identify examples of trade secrets
   C. Locate sources of trade secret law
   D. Assist in the preparation of a confidentiality agreement
   E. Discuss the provisions of a covenant not to compete agreement
   F. Review a company’s trade secret precautions

VIII. Principles of Trademarks
   A. Differentiate between goodwill and a trademark
   B. Differentiate between a trademark, a service mark, and work
certification mark
   C. Determine what is and what is not protected under trademark law
   D. Differentiate a geographically descriptive mark and a geographically
certification mark
   E. Understand the rights associated with a trade name and trade dress
   F. Discuss the relationship between the federal Lanham Act, state
trademark laws, and the common law

IX. Selecting, Evaluating, and Registering Trademarks
   A. Outline methods for evaluating a proposed trademark
   B. Identify goods and services associated with a trademark
   C. Use screening procedures in the evaluation of a proposed trademark
   D. Perform a preliminary analysis of a trademark search
   E. Determine applicable statutes and limitations
   F. Assist in the preparation of a federal trademark application and
processing
   G. Identify appropriate state trademark statutes and registration
information

X. Trademark Administration and Protection
   A. Prepare trademark maintenance and administration files
   B. Calendar appropriate deadlines
   C. Understand basic principles of trademark use
   D. Outline basic types of trademark proceedings
   E. Differentiate basic claims and defenses in trademark infringement
litigation
   F. Compare United States and international trademark laws
   G. Understand remedies for trademark infringement

XI. Rights and Limitations of Patents
   A. Locate sources of patent law
   B. Explain the basis for patent protection
   C. Describe the various types of patents
   D. Explain patent rights and limitations
   E. Differentiate between a design patent and a copyright
   F. Discuss the principle of nonobviousness
   G. Identify an article of manufacture, a machine, or a process
   H. Prepare an assignment of patent rights

XII. Patent Research, Applications and Disputes
   A. Explain the patent search process
   B. Prepare the elements for a patent application
   C. Discuss patent infringement
   D. Draft a patent licensing agreement
   E. Identify types of injunctive relief available in patent litigation
   F. Identify the elements of the patent specifications

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of three examinations               60% of grade
A minimum of five applications & assignments  40% of grade
  Total:                                     100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

  1. Computer Literacy Expectations: Students will need basic word processing and Internet search skills for the completion of some papers, exercises and projects. 

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 247H

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LAW 266

  • Title: Employment Law*
  • Number: LAW 266
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the Paralegal Program or Department Approval

Description:

This course examines the relationship between employer and employee. Major federal and state employment laws will be examined, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Distinguish between a contractual and an employment-at-will employee.

  2. Identify various employee benefits plans, including medical, disability income, death, pension, and profit sharing programs.

  3. Explain the major differences between various employee benefits plans, including medical, disability income, death, pension, and profit sharing programs.

  4. List the steps for pursuing a claim concerning an employment policy and/or practice.

  5. Prepare documents for a claim concerning an employment policy and/or practice.

  6. Identify the major federal and state statutes concerning an employment relationship.

  7. Explain the differences between the major federal and state statutes concerning an employment relationship.

  8. Explain the role of the legal assistant in an employment law practice.  

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Distinguish Relationship between Employer and Employee
   A. Identify contractual and employment-at-will relationship.
   B. Explain the terms and conditions of employment.
      1. Discuss wages and hours.
      2. Discuss employee benefits.
      3. Analyze employment practices and policies.
II. Summarize the Federal and State Employment Laws
   A. Explain the Labor Standards Act.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   B. Explain Title VII of Civil Rights Act.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   C. Explain Sexual Discrimination.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   D. Explain Equal Pay Act.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   E. Explain Age Discrimination Act.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   F. Explain Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   G. Explain Americans with Disabilities Act.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
   H. Explain Family Leave Act.
      1. Identify the content of the law.
      2. Analyze the application of the law.
III. Describe the Developments of Employment Law
   A. Explain the new employment laws.
   B. Summarize the role of paralegals in an employment law
practice.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Examinations = 3 tests   50 points each = 60% of grade
Projects = 2 projects    30 points each = 40% of grade
                                         100% of grade

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 266H

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LAW 269

  • Title: Bankruptcy Law*
  • Number: LAW 269
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Paralegal program students - admission to the paralegal program or department chair approval Legal nurse consultant students - LAW 121 or LAW 225

Description:

This course will familiarize the student with the purpose and application of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Topics will include an introduction to the bankruptcy law, bankruptcy court procedures, and the preparation of bankruptcy forms and documents. Emphasis will be on Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code and the role of the legal assistant as part of a team in a bankruptcy practice. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Describe the evolution of bankruptcy philosophy and treatment from its origins to modern U.S. law.

  2. Explain how the bankruptcy laws are designed to benefit both debtors and creditors.

  3. Describe the organization and structure of the federal Bankruptcy Court system, and applicable procedural rules.

  4. Identify and describe other legal rules and principles which are applicable to bankruptcy proceedings.

  5. Exhibit a familiarity with and be able to use appropriately specialized bankruptcy law terminology.

  6. Explain the role of the paralegal in a bankruptcy legal practice.

  7. Research bankruptcy law in both primary and secondary authority resources.

  8. Identify and explain the role of the participants in the bankruptcy process.

  9. Describe the criteria and procedures for advising both debtor and creditor clients.

  10. Define and describe the nature, consequences, and eligibility requirements for filing Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy.

  11. Prepare drafts of appropriate forms and assist in the filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition and supporting schedule and exhibits.

  12. Identify and describe the forms of involuntary bankruptcy, and the criteria and procedures for their initiation.

  13. Describe the procedures to be followed for administration of a bankruptcy estate.

  14. Distinguish between the treatment of secured vs. non-secured creditors.

  15. Distinguish between the handling of an "asset" vs. a "no-asset" estate.  

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Overview of Bankruptcy Law
   A. Identify and describe the origins of the bankruptcy system.
   B. Identify and describe the bankruptcy alternatives available to
individuals and entitites under the Bankruptcy Code.
   C. Explain how the bankruptcy laws are designed to offer protection to
both debtors and creditors.
   D. Explain how voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy proceedings are
commenced.
   E. Describe the structure and operation of the Bankruptcy Court
system.
   F. Describe the relevance and applicability of state and federal
exemptions.
   G. Define and demonstrate the ability to use bankruptcy terminology.
   H. Identify and describe the functions of the paralegal in a bankruptcy
practice.

II. Research in Bankruptcy Law
   A. Locate and utilize applicable sections of the Federal Bankruptcy
Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and local rules.
   B. Locate and utilize applicable court decisions interpreting and
applying bankrutpcy law.

III. Participants in the Bankruptcy Process
   A. Define and explain the role of the debtor in the bankruptcy
process.
   B. Define and explain the role of the creditor and the role and
authority of the creditor's committee in the bankruptcy process.
   C. Explain the role and authority of the Bankruptcy Court Judge and the
District Court Judge in the bankruptcy process.
   D. Explain the role and authority of the U.S. Trustee.
   E. Explain the role and authority of the bankruptcy trustee.

IV. Client Counseling
   A. Identify and describe the alternatives to bankruptcy available to
the debtor.
   B. Identify and explain the pre-filing counseling and notification
requirements for individual consumer debtors.
   C. Identify and describe the alternatives available to the creditor
after the debtor has filed bankruptcy.

V. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
   A. Explain the nature and consequences of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy
filing.
   B. Evaluate a debtor's eligibility to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy
filing.
   C. Prepare the petition, forms and schedules used in a Chapter 7
bankruptcy proceeding, including the needs based bankruptcy calculation.
   D. Describe the procedures for filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy
proceeding.
   E. Define and explain the timing and consequences of the automatic
stay.
   F. Identify and describe the rights and duties of a debtor under a
Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding.
   G. Identify and describe the duties and rights of a creditor under a
Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding.
   H. Identify and explain the purpose and effect of a Chapter 7
discharge, and the grounds for denial of discharge.
   I. Identify and explain provisions for gathering, liquidating and
distributing the non-exempt property of the estate as a dividend.
   J. Explain the treatment of secured claims, priority claims and
unsecured claims in Chapter 7.
   K. Explain the criteria that trigger, and the procedures for,
dismissal, conversion, or closing of a Chapter 7 case.

VI. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
   A. Explain the nature and consequences of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy
filing.
   B. Evaluate a debtor's eligibility to file under Chapter 13.
   C. Compare and contrast the procedures, purpose and outcomes of a
Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing against Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy
proceedings.
   D. Evaluate a Chapter 13 plan.
   E. Explain the forms used in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding.
   F. Identify and describe the duties of the debtor in Chapter 13.
   G. Identify and describe the rights and duties of a creditor of a
debtor in Chapter 13.
   H. Identify and describe the duties of the bankruptcy trustee in a
Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding.
   I. Explain the content, function and duration of a Chapter 13 plan.
   J. Identify and explain the criteria and process for obtaining
confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan.
   K. Describe the procedures for closing a Chapter 13 case and obtaining
a discharge.

VII. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
   A. Explain the nature and consequences of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
filing.
   B. Evaluate a debtor's eligibility to file under Chapter 11.
   C. Review the forms used and procedures followed in
a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
   D. Identify and describe the rights and duties of a debtor in
possession under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
   E. Identify and describe the rights and duties of a creditor under a
Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
   F. Identify and describe criteria and process for appointing a
bankruptcy trustee in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding and explain the
duties of the bankruptcy trustee.
   G. Identify and explain the criteria and process for obtaining
confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan.
   H. Explain the cram down process in Chapter 11, and distinguish it from
the cram down process used in Chapter 13.
   I. Describe the criteria for and consequences of an unsuccessful
Chapter 11 case.
   J. Describe the procedures for closing a Chapter 11 case.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

A minimum of three exams will be given, constituting between 25% and
50% of the final grade.
Homework, participation in discussion boards and similar collaborative
activities, constituting between 15% to 35% of the final grade.
Participation in classroom and online live discussions shall constitute up
to 10% of the final grade.
Participation in and completion of team projects shall constitute between
10% to 25% of the final grade.


 

Grade Criteria:

A = 89.5 - 100% of total available points
B = 79.5 - 89.4% of total available points
C = 69.5 - 79.4% of total available points
D = 59.5 - 69.4% of total available points
F = less than 59.5% of total available points

Caveats:

  1. For the distance learning version of the course, the students will need to have the basic computer skills and access to the internet required for successful distance learning. 

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 269H

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LAW 270

  • Title: Administrative Law*
  • Number: LAW 270
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the legal nurse consultant program and LAW 225 and LAW 121 or admission to the paralegal program

Description:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to explain and apply substantive and procedural principles of administrative agencies. The course will concentrate on the basic principles of workers' compensation law, Social Security law; the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety Health Administration. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. Explain the role of the administrative agencies with informal agency action, adjudication power, and judicial review.

  2. Summarize the procedures involved in determining coverage, benefits claims, procedure, and evidence under workers’ compensation.

  3. Analyze the substance of the Americans with Disabilities Act by explaining the definition and guidelines of the federal statute.

  4. Evaluate the impact of Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the workplace by differentiating between the rules and applications.

  5. Appraise the impact of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the workplace by distinguishing between general statutes and Kansas and Missouri laws.

  6. Demonstrate the employment opportunities of legal nurse consultants in general and in the Kansas City metropolitan area concerning administrative law positions. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Explanation of Administrative Law
   A. Demonstrating need of administrative agencies
      1. Distinguishing between legislative, executive and judicial
functions
      2. Describing the power of administrative agencies
         a. Explaining general powers of administrative agencies
         b. Summarizing the limitations of administrative agencies’
powers
   B. Differentiating between informal agency action and agency
rule-making power
      1. Listing examples of informal agency action
      2. Illustrating examples of agency rule-making power
   C. Summarizing the agency’s adjudication power
      1. Explaining agency’s adjudication power
      2. Describing the agency’s decision makers and decisions
   D. Illustrating the agency’s judicial/review process
      1. Distinguishing between standard and scope of judicial review
power
      2. Summarizing the availability of the judicial review process

II. Explanation of Workers’ Compensation
   A. Describing coverage, jurisdiction, and venue
   B. Listing benefits
   C. Summarizing procedure
   D. Demonstrating evidence and proof

III. Explanation of Social Security Disability
   A. Describing coverage, jurisdiction, and venue
   B. Listing benefits
   C. Summarizing procedure
   D. Demonstrating evidence and proof

IV. Explanation of Americans with Disabilities Act
   A. Describing statutory language and definitions
   B. Summarizing EEOC guidelines
   C. Interpreting Title I:  Employment
      1. Appraising reasonable accommodation
      2. Demonstrating undue hardship
      3. Listing essential functions of job
   D. Contrasting state laws
      1. Defining general state laws
      2. Distinguishing Kansas and Missouri state laws

V. Explanation of OSHA
   A. Describing rules
   B. Interpreting applications
      1. Hazard communication standard
      2. Central plan
   C. Contrasting state laws
      1. Defining general state laws
      2. Distinguishing Kansas and Missouri state laws

VI. Illustrating the Legal Nurse Consultant Position in Administrative
Law
   A. Listing of job positions in general
   B. Listing of job positions in Kansas and Missouri

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Examinations   3 tests, 50 points each       60% of grade
Projects       2 projects, 30 points each    40% of grade
     Total                                       100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 270H

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LAW 271

  • Title: Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation*
  • Number: LAW 271
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours: 3

Requirements:

Prerequisites: . Admission to the paralegal program or department chair approval
Prerequisites or corequisites: LAW 205

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain ethical rules and standards governing the legal profession, interview clients and witnesses, and investigate the facts as part of a legal analysis or proceedings. A major emphasis will be on recognition of ethical problems commonly encountered and the development of interviewing and investigating skills. The course is also designated as the capstone course for the paralegal program. The course will draw the student's paralegal learning together and provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate that he/she has accomplished the program's educational goals. This opportunity will focus on reviewing and finalizing the student's e-portfolio. Classroom discussions will focus on career-planning, including current trends in the profession, procedures for obtaining employment, and development of a resume, cover letter and e-portfolio. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1.     Explain the importance of the lawyer’s model ethical code from the American Bar Association.

    2.     Compare and contrast the major paralegal associations’ Code of Ethics, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the National Association of Legal Assistants.

    3.     Demonstrate an ability to apply the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys to factual situations.

    4.     Explain the major components of the lawyer’s Code of Ethics, including competency, conflict of interest, fee arrangements, diligent representation, work product and confidentiality.

    5.     Demonstrate the skill of interviewing clients and witnesses.

    6.     Demonstrate the skill of investigating clients and witnesses.

    7.     Draft a resume to send to a future legal employer.

    8.     List helpful resources in the JCCC Career Services Center for assisting in the finding of a   paralegal position.

    9.     Demonstrate the mastery of basic paralegal knowledge and skills by completion of an  e-portfolio, reflecting samples of your best legal work.

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Demonstrate the understanding of Code of Ethics for the legal profession

A. Demonstrate an understanding of the American Bar Association’s involvement in the drafting of model ethical codes.

B. Compare and contrast the paralegal organizations’ development of their Code of Ethics, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Codes.

C. Compare and distinguish the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct from the American Bar Association’s model rules.

II. Demonstrate the skill of interviewing clients and witnesses

A. Explain the basics of communications skills

B. Distinguish the types of communication and forms of verbal and non-verbal communication

III. Demonstrate the skill of investigating clients and witnesses

A. Demonstrate a plan of investigation

B. Explain the limitations on investigation

IV. Discover the resources available at the JCCC Career Services Center

A. Distinguish personnel and non-personal resources

B. Explain types of resumes

C. Draft a professional resume

V. Demonstrate the use of an e-portfolio as an assessment tool for students’ work

A. Explain the importance of the samples of student’s work selected for the e-portfolio

B. Assemble a final e-portfolio for presentation to future employers

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
40-60% of grade:    Examinations and quizzes
10-30% of grade:    10 minor projects
10-30% of grade:    1 major project: E-portfolio

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59 % = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 271H

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LAW 275

  • Title: Paralegal Internship I*
  • Number: LAW 275
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours:
  • Other Hours: 120

Requirements:

Prerequisites: Admission to the legal studies program

Description:

This course provides the student with an opportunity to gain practical work experience under the supervision of an attorney in day-to-day, on-site office work. The student must complete 120 hours of work at the internship site. In addition to on-site work, the student will meet with the internship instructor during the internship period four times and complete all requirements; keep an eight-week log; interview a practicing paralegal; draft a cover letter and resume; and submit final evaluations by the employer and student. Obtaining an internship is the responsibility of the individual student. 120 internship hours.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. List appropriate job opportunities.

  2. Apply for, interview for, and secure a position in an approved training situation.

  3. Work in a law office or legal-related business.

  4. Utilize skills acquired in paralegal specialty courses.

  5. Inform the program facilitator about progress and any changes on the job.

  6. Maintain accurate records of hours worked and tasks performed. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Identify Job Opportunities
   A. Visit JCCC Career Planning and Placement Office.
   B. Evaluate newspaper and professional journals.
   C. Describe ways to obtain positions through resources, Martindale
Hubbell Law Directory and other written and electronic publications.
   D. Explain the value of "networking."

II. Participate In a Mock Job Interview
   A. Contact Career Planning and Placement Office.
   B. Demonstrate interview skills through mock interview.

III. Evaluation of Job Experience
   A. Explain employer’s evaluation.
   B. Explain student/employee’s report.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Employer’s Evaluation                 20% of grade
Student’s Project (Mock Interview)    40% of grade
Student’s Evaluation                  20% of grade
Student’s Forms                       20% of grade
  Total                              100%

Grade Criteria:

90 – 100% = A
80 – 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
0 – 59% = F

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 276

  • Title: Paralegal Internship II*
  • Number: LAW 276
  • Effective Term: Fall 2014
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours:
  • Other Hours: 120

Requirements:

Prerequisites: LAW 275

Description:

This course provides the student with an opportunity to gain practical work experience under the supervision of an attorney in day-to-day, on-site office work. The student must complete 120 hours of work at the internship site. In addition to on-site work, the student will meet with the internship instructor during the internship period four times and complete all requirements; keep an eight-week log; interview a practicing paralegal manager; participate in a mock job interview; and submit final evaluations by the employer and the student. Obtaining an internship is the responsibility of the individual student.

Course Fees:

None

Supplies:

Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.

Objectives

  1. List appropriate job opportunities.
  2. Apply for, interview for, and secure a position in an approved training situation.
  3. Work in a law office or legal-related business and utilize skills acquired in paralegal specialty courses.
  4. Develop a mature and business-like attitude toward work.
  5. Inform the program facilitator about progress and any changes on the job.
  6. Maintain accurate records of hours worked and tasks performed. 

Content Outline and Competencies:

I. Identify Job Opportunities
   A. Visit JCCC Career Planning and Placement Office.
   B. Evaluate newspaper and professional journals.
   C. Describe ways to obtain positions through resources, Martindale
Hubbell Law Directory and other written and electronic publications.
   D. Explain the value of "networking."

II. Participate In a Mock Job Interview
   A. Contact Career Planning and Placement Office.
   B. Demonstrate interview skills through mock interview.

III. Evaluation of Job Experience
   A. Explain employer’s evaluation.
   B. Explain student/employee’s report.

Method of Evaluation and Competencies:

Employer’s Evaluation                20% of grade
Student’s Project (Mock Interview)   40% of grade
Student’s Evaluation                 20% of grade
Student’s Forms                      20% of grade
  Total                             100%

Grade Criteria:

Caveats:

None

Student Responsibilities:

Disabilities:

If you are a student with a disability, and if you will be requesting accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services. Access Services will recommend any appropriate accommodations to your professor and his/her director. The professor and director will identify for you which accommodations will be arranged.

JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you desire support services, contact the office of Access Services for Students With Disabilities (913) 469-8500, ext. 3521 or TDD (913) 469-3885. The Access Services office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Student Center.

LAW 291

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