Paralegal

Classes

PRL 101 : Introduction to Paralegal Study

This course introduces the paralegal profession and the legal system. Topics include an overview of major areas of legal practice, ethics, legal analysis and research, professional development including certification and employment, and related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the role of the paralegal and identify the skills, knowledge, and ethics required of legal assistants. *Note: Students must complete PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher prior to taking any other PRL course.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Grade of “C” or better in ENG 101 or satisfactory ACT, SAT, or placement score

PRL 102 : Basic Legal Research and Writing

This course introduces the techniques of legal research and writing. Emphasis is placed on locating, analyzing, applying, and validating sources of law. Topics include legal research, legal writing, proper citation, and electronic research. Upon completion, students will demonstrate the ability to perform legal research and writing assignments using techniques covered in this course. *Note: Students must complete PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher prior to taking any other PRL course.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Grade of “C” or better in ENG 101 or satisfactory ACT, SAT, or placement score

PRL 150 : Commercial Law

This course covers contracts, selected portions of the Uniform Commercial Code, and forms of business organization. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the elements of a contract, prepare various business documents and understand the role of commercial paper.  Offered Summer semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 160 : Criminal Law and Procedure

This course introduces substantive and procedural criminal law including elements of state and federal crimes, defenses, constitutional issues, pre-trial process, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the elements of specific crimes and assist an attorney in preparing a criminal case.  Offered Spring semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 192 : Selected Topics in Paralegal

This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the specific area of study. Offered Summer semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 193 : Selected Topics in Paralegal II

Offered Summer semester only. This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the specific area of study.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 210 : Real Property Law

This course emphasizes the study of real property law. Topics include the distinction between real and personal property, various estates and interests in property, and the mechanics of conveyance, encumbrances, and closing procedure. Upon completion, students will demonstrate the ability to identify estates, forms of deeds, recording requirements, the closing process, and procedures used to enforce rights to real property. Offered Fall semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 230 : Domestic Law

This course covers laws governing domestic relations. Topics include marriage, separation, divorce, child custody, support, property division, adoption, and other related topics. Upon completion, students will demonstrate the ability to draft divorce and support pleadings, separation agreements, and calculate child support according to the guidelines adopted by the state. Offered Spring semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 240 : Wills, Trusts, and Estates

This course covers wills, trusts, and inheritance. Topics include types of wills, the law of intestacy (inheritance), probating estates, and alternatives to probate. The course also covers trusts, medical directives, and associated litigation. Upon completion, students will demonstrate the ability to draft simple wills, prepare estate forms, understand administration of estates, and understand terms regarding trusts. Offered Spring semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 250 : Bankruptcy and Collections

This course provides an overview of the laws of bankruptcy and the rights of creditors and debtors. Topics include bankruptcy procedures and estate management, attachment, claim and delivery, repossession, foreclosure, collection, garnishment, and post-judgment collection procedure. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and file bankruptcy forms, collection letters, statutory liens and collection of judgments. Offered Fall semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 262 : Civil Law and Procedure

This course examines the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure, and trial procedure. Upon completion, students will be able to explain the various stages of the litigation process and demonstrate the ability to prepare a trial notebook for litigation purposes. Offered Fall semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 270 : Litigation Document Management

(Available Spring 2021) 

This course provides students with an overview of managing document production and organization during litigation with an emphasis on electronic discovery (e-discovery) procedures. Upon completion, students will demonstrate/detail how to handle client documents, obtain documents from opposing parties and non-parties, index and organize documents as received, and utilize computer-assisted litigation support programs.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRL 282 : Law Office Management and Procedures

This course focuses on the organization and policies and procedures of a law office. Upon completion, students should be able to establish and maintain various law office systems, monitor case progress and supervise non-lawyer personnel. The focus of this class is the legal software commonly used to help manage the work, timekeeping, calendaring, case management, and billing in law offices. Offered Summer semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Completion of PRL 101 and PRL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.

PRL 291 : Paralegal Internship

This course provides students opportunities to work in paid or unpaid positions in which they apply paralegal skills and knowledge. This course requires a minimum of 150 hours of practical experience in the legal field. Upon completion, students will be able to apply workplace competences obtained from the PRL curriculum. Offered Spring semester only.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PREQUISITE: Completion of PRL 101, PRL 102, and PRL 262 with a grade of “C” or higher, and permission of the Program Director