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Paralegalism and Legal Procedures   (LAW-284)   3.00 s.h.  
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A study of the role of the legal assistant in the private law office and in the public sector. Topics of discussion include methods of investigating cases and of preparing legal memoranda and other legal documents. 
Fundamentals of Legal Research   (LAW-281)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
(Fundamentals of Legal Research) Fundamental principles and methods of legal research. The use of a law library, case law, statutory law, and other sources. The application of the tools of legal research to case analysis, digesting legal opinions, and writing a law office memorandum.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Identify the various methods of conducting legal research at the state and federal levels.
  • Discuss how to use a law library to locate local ordinances, zoning ordinances, state statutes, and federal codes.
  • Explain how to locate state and federal case law and legal opinions.
  • Explain what it means to Shepardize something and the various means of performing this activity.
  • Describe the various tools used to conduct legal research and perform a legal analysis of statutes, codes, and legal decisions.
  • Discuss the process of analyzing, digesting and assessing legal opinions relevant to a specific legal issue.
  • Explain the various parts that comprise a legal brief and what they are used for when conducting legal research.
  • Describe how to draft a memorandum of law regarding a legal issue.

 
Intro to Legal Assistance   (LAW-280)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
An introduction to the legal profession in general and the specific role of legal assistants and their relationship to other legal professionals. Students explore the American Legal System and are introduced to the New Jersey Court System. Students will be provided with a detailed examination of the Code of Professional Ethics and other related standards of proper conduct.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Provide a brief overview of the two legal systems in the United States and explain the similarities and differences in both systems.
  • Discuss the different levels of the New Jersey Court System and compare it to the federal system.
  • List and discuss the requirements, training, education and examinations that must be accomplished be an individual to be a legal assistant in the State of New Jersey.
  • Identify and explain the differences in what a legal assistant is allowed to perform and what an attorney is allow to perform in the legal system.
  • Provide examples as to the actual work conducted by a legal assistant working in the New Jersey legal system.
  • Explain what a legal assistant can and cannot do relating to their interaction with a client who has retained a law firm in the State of New Jersey.
  • Explain what a legal assistant can and cannot do on behalf of a client and an attorney in any legal proceeding.
  • Discuss what a legal assistant can and cannot do on behalf of a client and an attorney when dealing with other professionals relating to a client in the State of New Jersey.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of a Legal Assistant regarding to confidentiality as relates to a client's and all case information maintained by a law firm.
  • Describe in detail the Code of Professional Ethics and identify and explain its' goals and objectives as directly relates to legal assistants in the State of New Jersey.

 
American Legal History I   (POS-453)   3.00 s.h.  
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Study of the American legal system, focusing on civil law, common law, and social law systems to understand how legal situations are treated. 
American Legal History II   (POS-454)   3.00 s.h.  
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Continued study of the American legal system, focusing on civil law, common law, and social law systems to understand how legal situations are treated. 
Legal Aspects of Applied Engineering   (CET-373)   3.00 s.h.  
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Legal problems related to contracting, public liability, subcontractor relations, contracts, nonperformance clauses and penalty provisions, legal tender, and changes in contracts. 
Legal Research and Writing   (LAW-283)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Introduction to legal practice. Topics covered include law office systems, legal research, legal forms, pleadings, motion practice, and briefs.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe the various computer systems in a law office that are used to access various legal research in the areas of legal decisions at the state and federal levels, slip notes, state statutes, federal codes, Supreme Court Decisions, jury verdicts and ordinances that would be used in the attorney representing a client.
  • Discuss in detail the types of information that you would be able to obtain from legal research in items such as legal decisions at the state and federal levels, slip notes, state statutes, federal codes, Supreme Court Decisions, jury verdicts and ordinances.
  • Explain what information obtained from legal research in items such as legal decisions at the state and federal levels, slip notes, state statutes, jury verdicts and ordinances would be used for by the attorneys representing a client.
  • Describe what is meant by motion practice and then explain the level of involvement that a legal assistant can have in motion practice in the State of New Jersey.
  • Discuss what is meant by the Caption, Style, and Body of a pleading and what the purpose is for each of these as relates to motion practice.
  • Discuss what is meant by Process and Service of process and describe how it is accomplished and describe the legal documents required for these legal actions to take place.
  • Define and provide examples of Motions, Affidavits, and Notices in legal proceedings and when they are used in legal proceedings.
  • Define and discuss Defense Motions, Answers and Replies, Counterclaims, Cross Claims, and Third and Fourth Party Practice and Impleaders, and provide examples of what legal documents would be required to be drafted and used for each of these actions..
  • Identify and discuss the various types of discovery available in both civil and criminal cases and the purpose of each.
  • Define and discuss what are Pre Trial and Case Management Conferences, Consolidation and Severances, Dismissals, Trials, Verdicts, Judgments, and Post-Trial Motions and provide examples of what legal documents would be required to be drafted and used for each of these actions.

 
Introduction to Legal Research and Writing   (LES-281)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course is designed to provide knowledge of primary and secondary legal sources, statutes, appellate court reports (both official and unofficial), annotated law reports, statutory indexes, court rules, digests, treatises, legal encyclopedias, the Index to Legal Periodicals, Words and Phrases, Shepard's Citations, restatements and related law finders. Written and oral presentation on gathered research material, briefing cases and framing issues, all of which are designed to enhance reasoning and advocacy skills. Presentations to demonstrate problem solving, case briefing, issue framing, law library research. Demonstrate the ability to draft a legal memorandum, emphasizing original research of a fact situation, organization, and use of plain English.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of primary and secondary legal source materials including: statutes, annotated law reports, statutory indexes, court reporters, court rules, digests, treatises, legal encyclopedias, Index to Legal Periodicals, Words and Phrases, Shepard's Citations (both manual and computerized method, restatements and related law finders.
  • Prepare a legal memorandum, emphasizing analysis of a fact situation, organization and plain, well written English.
  • Demonstrate the basics of Computer Aided Legal Research (CALR) on Lexis and West Law products, as well as conducting research on the internet.
  • Exhibit an understanding of how to use on-line legal research resources.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of written language, both syntax and grammar along with the ability to organize thoughts, ideas and arguments in a logical, coherent way and express them accurately in oral as well as written form.
  • Exhibit an understanding of proper citation form according to the Blue Book Uniform System of Citation.
  • Articulate with clarity these competencies to an audience

 
Legal Aspects of Health Care Facilities   (HEA-242)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
A study of the legal aspects of the patient's rights and institutional responsibilities within health care facilities. Attention is focused on jurisdiction of Board of Directors, negligence, malpractice, contracts, permits, authorizations, employer-employee relations and accountability within health care institutions. Attention will also be given to the role of the ombudsman in health care facilities. Legal Aspects of Health Care Facilities.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the functions and interactions between courts, legislatures, state and federal agencies and the various stakeholders in the health care services industry.
  • Assessment of the common legal issues that arise in the delivery of health services and their management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of health care professionals to patients.
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of legal and ethical principles to issues related to decision-making by health care providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and evaluate common ethical issues related to delivery of health care.

 
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychology   (PSY-472)   3.00 s.h.  
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Ethical principles in human and animal research and applied areas of psychology. Includes study of emerging legal issues in the various fields of psychology. 
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