Courses Offered

LEGL 240 INTRODUCTION TO LAW (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
The study of law, the legal profession and the court system. Emphasis is on the roles and relationships of workers in the American legal system. Some attention to administrative agency justice and to recent developments in legal services, law-related management, and new technology. Recommended for students considering work in law-related occupations. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 245 LEGAL OPERATIONS (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
This course is designed to expose students to the variety of law-related job opportunities and many of the skills necessary to per-form those jobs, such as legal analysis, terminology, interviewing, investigation, litigation, law office management, and informal and formal advocacy before administrative agencies. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 250 LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
The course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of major resources in the law library. Includes practice in finding and interpreting case law, statutes and administrative regulations. Student is given experience in using digests, looseleaf services, citators, encyclopedias, treatises and legal periodicals. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 252 PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.An in-depth study of case processing in civil and administrative matters.
An emphasis on the systems approach and origin-to-disposition studies of typical civil and administrative matters. Especially helpful for students enrolled in the courts option, the legal secretary, or legal assistant programs. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 260 ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: LEGL 250.
Build legal research and writing skills by preparing a series of projects, including documents for real cases. Students will polish writing skills so that they can prepare professional high quality documents and effectively communicate legal ideas. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 265 LABOR LAW AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

A survey course examining the role of labor in the American community. Specific course content will include the history of the labor movement, administration of labor unions, contemporary labor law, and an analysis of the collective bargaining process. Scope is expanded to include public sector labor relations as well as its traditional private sector counterpart. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 266 PROBATES, ESTATES, AND TRUSTS (1 or 3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: One or more law related courses completed or taken concurrently and eligibility for ENGL 836.

A study of the fundamental principles of the law of wills and trusts, the administration of estates, and gift, inheritance and estate taxes. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 304 CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Completion  of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 240 or ADMJ 100, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Historical development and philosophy of criminal law and constitutional provisions. Special emphasis on legal definitions, the classifications of crime and their application to the administration of justice system. Study of case law, methodology, and concepts of law as a social force. Also listed as ADMJ 104. Transfer credit: CSU.

LEGL 305 JUDICIAL PROCESS IN CALIFORNIA (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

An overview of the federal court system, the California courts, and administrative agency tribunals. Careful examination of roles and relationships of the courthouse work group. Also listed as ADMJ 205. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 306 LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Completion  of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 240 or ADMJ 100, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence; constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions and interpreting individual rights and case studies. Also listed as ADMJ 106. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 320 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Completion  of, or concurrent enrollment in, LEGL 240 or ADMJ 100, or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A course designed for introductory and in-service Administration of Justice students to provide orientation to general and specific aspects of crimes and detection. The course will also cover crime scene searches and suspect apprehension. Also listed as ADMJ 120. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 443 LAW OFFICE PROCEDURES (1-3)
Minimum of 16 lecture hours plus 24 lab hours by arrangement for each unit. Prerequisites: BCM. 212 or 214 and BUS. 400 or equivalent skills. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Intensive training in procedures applicable to secretarial duties in law offices. Emphasis on legal terminology, legal documents and correspondence, dictation, and transcription. Also listed as BUS. 443. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 445 LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: BCM. 214, or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to the fundamentals of law office administration, personnel management, and accounting operations. Designed to familiarize legal paraprofessionals (legal secretaries, paralegals and law office clerks) with the practical inner workings of a law office, including an understanding of law office fundamentals. Law office management goes beyond analyzing mere productivity and includes being sensitive to ethical concerns and providing quality legal services to clients.  Also listed as BUS. 445. Transfer credit: CSU.


LEGL 671 PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP I (4)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 75 volunteer work hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Students are strongly advised to complete or enroll concurrently in LEGL 443 or LEGL 445.
Paralegal students gain practical hands-on experience through unpaid volunteer internships at public and private legal organizations. Internships bridge classroom learning with real world experience and offer students professional career development. Interns are supervised on-site by professional legal personnel and off site by a paralegal instructor.  Transfer credit: CSU.


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