Paralegal Studies Courses: Fall 2017

Paralegal Studies Courses

Paralegal Studies

PAR 210: Law for Society

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competencies: Critical Thinking; Contextual Integration; Research & Presentation; Writing Intensive. In this course, students will engage in supervised work in schools, with youth programs, and in community service settings. They will conceive, organize and implement their own applied theatre projects, in consultation with representatives of the partners as well as the theater faculty advisors. Students will meet weekly with the faculty advisor to chart time, troubleshoot about organizational issues and discuss assignments. The faculty advisor will correspond closely with the cooperating partners to monitor student progress. Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director. Offered as Needed.
Session: Fall and Spring
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 301: Legal Research and Writing

3 Credit Hour(s)

Writing Intensive. This course teaches legal analysis, legal writing and problem-solving using the premier legal database WestlawNext which is typically used in law offices. Students learn to use a variety of electronic legal sources, perform legal research, analyze legal problems, and write legal documents, primarily case briefs and legal memos. Students also learn to locate and use both primary and secondary legal research sources, including federal and state cases, digests, statutes, treatises, encyclopedias, law reviews, citators and legal practice manuals. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester relating to specific scenarios in legal work. Prerequisites: PAR 210 and a minimum grade of B in CMP 101; or declared Pre Law minor and minimum grade of B in CMP 101, or permission of instructor.
Session: Fall
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 302: Law Office Computer Technology

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course is designed to teach the student commonly-used software in the law office and to apply the knowledge of computer hardware and software applications in legal work. Students will learn the technical skills necessary to enhance their ability to incorporate technology in litigation as well as those skills necessary to technologically support a law practice. Students will complete the course with a portfolio of assignments including legal memos, PowerPoint presentations, the creation of a law office website and LinkedIn profile completion. The course also features guest speakers that are experts in their fields. Guests will cover topics including use of weather data in litigation, eDiscovey, social media, etc. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester relating to specific scenarios in legal work.
Session: Spring
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 303: Litigation

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course introduces students to the principles of civil litigation in federal and state courts. All phases of the litigation process will be reviewed in detail, with special emphasis upon rules of procedure, discovery, and pre-trial, trial and post-trial practices, as these are areas in which paralegals are most extensively used. Ethical considerations as applied to litigation will also be covered. Students will develop their legal analysis and legal writing skills in practical exercises and research and writing projects. Students will learn to draft typical litigation documents such as complaints, answers, and motions. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester. Prerequisites: PAR 210 or permission of instructor.
Session: Fall
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 304: Contract Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross-listed as BA304. This course provides an introduction to the law of contracts, including analysis of the basic elements of contract formation, defenses to contract performance, breach of contract and remedies, drafting and interpretation of contracts. Students will develop their legal analysis and legal writing skills through practical projects typically required in law offices. Writing projects will require legal research. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester relating to specific legal scenarios. Prerequisites: PAR 210 or permission of instructor.
Session: Spring
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 305: Real Property Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross-listed as BA305. This course is an introduction to real estate law and practice. Students will be required to not only learn the basic law but to problem-solve and draft documents that are typical to legal practice in this area, and will develop their legal analysis and legal writing skills. The course covers New York Real Estate statutes and the areas of law include property rights, types of land ownership/estates, easements, agreements for sale and closings, financing, conveyancing. Students will do a real estate closing as their final project. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester relating to specific scenarios in legal work. Prerequisites: PAR 210 or permission of instructor.
Session: Fall
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 306: Tort Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will provide an introduction to the broad area of civil wrongs, and their appropriate remedies, as well as Tort Law principles in the traditional areas of intentional torts, negligence, absolute liability, product liability, nuisance and commonly employed defenses. Prerequisites: PAR 210 and upper division status in program, or permission of instructor.
Session: Fall
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 307: Criminal Law and Procedure

3 Credit Hour(s)

This Criminal Law and Procedure course is designed to provide student paralegals with an overview of the criminal justice process and apply this knowledge to practical writing projects such as motions and memos. This course covers the substantive aspects of criminal law and includes the general principles of criminal liability, specific analysis of particular crimes, parties to crimes, and the substantive defenses to crimes. Constitutional safeguards and procedures from arrest through trial, sentencing, punishment, and appeal are also studied. Prerequisites: PAR 2210, PSC 117 and upper division status in program, or permission of instructor.
Session: Fall
Year: Odd Years (UG)

PAR 308: Family Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course presents fundamental common law and statutory concepts of family law with emphasis on the paralegal's role in this area. Topics include formal and informal marriages, separation, divorce, annulment, marital property, the parent-child relationship, child custody and support, adoption, guardianship, domestic relations court procedures, public records research, and the paralegal's role in alternative dispute resolution/mediation processes. Ethical obligations, family law terminology and emerging computer applications in domestic relations practice are also presented. Prerequisites: PAR 210 and upper division status in program.
Session: As Needed
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 401: Elder & Estates Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

Students will be introduced to topics in the law affecting older persons. Topics including ethical and communications issues, advance directives and guardianships, financial and estate planning, healthcare, personal planning and protection, and consumer protection will be covered in the course.
Session: As Needed
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 402: Environmental Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

Students will develop a broad understanding of the roles of federal, state, and local environmental laws in a highly industrialized society and be introduced to relevant concepts in administrative, tort, and real estate law. Prerequisites: PAR 210 and upper division status.
Session: As Needed
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 403: Business and Corporate Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross-listed as BA403. This course is an introduction to the law of corporations and requires students to problem-solve and analyze the different types of corporate forms found in legal practice. Students will learn New York corporate law including statutes covering the formation, operation, and dissolution of various kinds of business organizations. The areas of law include sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, the law of agency and employment agreements. Students will develop their legal analysis and legal writing skills. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester relating to specific scenarios in legal work. Prerequisites: PAR 210 or permission of instructor.
Session: Spring
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 404: Intellectual Property

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course is intended to provide the student with an in-depth analysis of the law pertaining to the fields of intellectual property: trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and unfair competition. The methods by which each is created and protected will also be explored. Prerequisites: PAR 210 and upper division status.
Session: As Needed
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 405: Immigration Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will provide an overview of immigration law in the United States, with an emphasis on the practical application of that law in a law firm or corporate environment. Students will learn the skills needed to deal with a deadline-oriented caseload for a diverse clientele. Topics will include the basics of immigration and education, employment, family based immigration, refugee law and the procedures for applying for citizenship and asylum. Prerequisites: PAR 210 and upper division status.
Session: As Needed
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 406: Bankruptcy Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross-listed as BA 406. This course is an introduction to the law of bankruptcy and requires students to apply the bankruptcy statutes to a variety of factual situations. Students will learn the federal bankruptcy statutes, and topics include voluntary and involuntary liquidations, discharge of debts, exemptions, creditor claims, trustee functions, reorganizations, and Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 plans. Students will develop their legal analysis and writing skills. Ethics will be discussed throughout the semester relating to specific scenarios in legal work. Prerequisites: PAR 210 or permission of instructor.
Session: Spring
Year: Even Years (UG)

PAR 408: Administrative Law

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course introduces students to basic concepts of administrative law in federal and state agencies, with emphasis on the paralegal's role in the administrative process. Students will learn both formal and informal advocacy techniques, including representing clients before administrative bodies. Substantive topics will include administrative delegation of power, rule making, agency discretionary powers, remedies, and judicial review. Procedural topics include agency operation, adjudication, hearing preparation, and administrative and judicial appeals. Practical projects which require legal research and writing will be required. Prerequisites: PAR 210, PAR 301 and upper division status in program, or permission of instructor.
Session: Fall
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 409: Advanced Litigation

3 Credit Hour(s)

This class is an extension of Litigation, and builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in that class. Students will have legal writing projects that may include responses to discovery demands, deposition summaries, trial evidence logs, compiling an appellate record, settlement documents, and mediation/arbitration documents. Prerequisites: PAR 301, PAR 303, and upper division status in program, or permission of instructor.
Session: Spring
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 410: Advanced Research and Writing

3 Credit Hour(s)

Writing Intensive. This course is designed to build upon the research and writing skills introduced in Legal Research & Writing. Development of electronic research skills and analytical skills will be emphasized, and students will be assigned research and writing projects in various areas of the law. Prerequisite: PAR 301 and upper division status in program, or permission of instructor.
Session: As Needed
Year: As Needed (UG)

PAR 450: Paralegal Internship

3 Credit Hour(s)

The paralegal internship is a wonderful means of experiential learning. This is a required course for Paralegal Studies majors which includes course work in professionalism skills and job search skills. Placements will be arranged with the assistance of the Program Director according to availability and interests of the student. Prerequisite: PAR 301, upper division status, and permission of instructor required.
Session: Fall and Spring
Year: All Years (UG)

PAR 460: Paralegal Studies Senior Project

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competencies: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Information Literacy and Research and Presentation requirement. Writing Intensive. This course will require Paralegal Studies students to use the legal analysis skills they have acquired, and the writing skills they have acquired, to develop an original argument on a legal topic. Students will identify a legal issue that interests them, formulate a specific question, and answer that question with an argument based on their independent research. Constructing the argument will require sustained and in-depth research - both legal research using primary and secondary sources, and research into other disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to consult with an appropriate advisor in the Daemen (or other academic) community, as well as a legal practitioner (such as an attorney, a judge, a legislator, or a legal scholar). Students will also present their research and argument at the Academic Festival. Prerequisites: PAR301, PAR410.
Session: Spring
Year: As Needed (UG)