(LEGL) PARALEGAL STUDIES
Dan Lattimore, Ph.D. Dean
Room 218, John Willard Brister Hall
LEGL 2400 - Legal Ethics (3)
Introduction to paralegal profession; organization of legal institutions; role of attorneys and paralegals in legal system; regulation, ethics, and professional responsibility. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 1010.
LEGL 2410 - Intro to Law (3)
Introduction to American substantive and procedural law; origins and applications of legal theories and processes; case law analysis. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 1010.
LEGL 2420 - Legal Research/Writing I (3)
Introduction to legal research methods and citation using case reporters, code books, and secondary sources; legal writing with focus on drafting a civil complaint and initiating litigation. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 1020 and 3500.
LEGL 3410 - Contracts Commercial Law (3)
Survey of law affecting the formation, performance, and enforcement of contracts; the Uniform Commercial Code; consumer protection; debtor-creditor relations; and bankruptcy; emphasis on paralegal's role in contract and commercial cases. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and LEGL 3483.
LEGL 3420 - Torts (3)
Survey of state and federal law treating civil injury to persons or property; common law and statutory torts, worker's compensation, and insurance; emphasis on paralegal's role in preparing personal injury and compensation cases. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3430 - Business Associations (3)
Legal aspects of formation and operation of proprietorships, agencies, partnerships, and corporations; emphasis on paralegal's role in drafting business documents and maintaining corporate records. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3440 - Civil Procedure (3)
Application of Rules of Civil Procedure to civil litigation in federal and state courts; jurisdiction; pleadings; discovery requests; trial and appellate practices; judgments; emphasis on paralegal's role in civil litigation. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3450 - Legal Research/Writing II (3)
Continued study of legal research and writing methods with a focus on the discovery phase of litigation and internet-based research using Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2420 and its prerequisites.
LEGL 3481 - Family Law (3)
Substantive and procedural law affecting the family; marriage; procreation; divorce; child custody and support; emphasis on Tennessee law and paralegal's role in family cases. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3482 - Labor Law (3)
Law affecting employment relations; NLRB and EEOC procedures; OSHA and ADA issues in the workplace; emphasis on paralegal's role in labor law cases. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3483 - Computers in Law (3)
Detailed examination of practical, technical, and theoretical aspects of computer systems as applied in the modern law office; includes docket control, billing, communications, litigation support, and legal document production. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 1010 and 1020. COREQUISITE: LEGL 2420. Course offered in online format only.
LEGL 3484 - Bankruptcy Practices (3)
Intensive study of substantive and procedural law of bankruptcy; emphasis on applications and processes used by the paralegal when assisting in bankruptcy cases. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3485 - Real Estate Practices (3)
Substantive law of real property; acquisitions, characteristics, and transfer of interests in real estate; particular emphasis on the role of paralegals assisting real estate attorneys with realty transfers and closings in Shelby County, Tennessee. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3486 - Criminal Law & Procedure (3)
Advanced approach to understanding substantive and procedural criminal law with emphasis on practical application; prima facie elements of substantive criminal offenses, defenses to specific crimes, constitutional limits on police and other governmental entities, probation and parole, and the juvenile justice system. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, 2420 and 3483.
LEGL 3487 - Admin Law/Procedure (3)
Advanced approach to understanding substantive administrative law with in-depth analysis of Administrative Procedure Act; agency rulemaking, investigations, due process, informal action and discretion, formal adjudications, judicial review. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, 2410, and 2420 and 3483.