Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
60 Hours

Paralegal Major

45 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ACC 1010
Principles of Accounting I
3

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Corequisite(s):
MTH 1050 OR MTH 1110

CIS 1010
Introduction to Computer Applications
3

Introduces students to modern office software and applications. Applications presented include word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation software.

MGT 1010
Introduction to Business
3

Provides a basic understanding of many aspects of business through an overview of the changing business environment, the roles of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the importance of customer relations, management, and marketing. Financial management, accounting and banking will also be discussed.

PAR 1010
Law, Legal Profession, and Terminology
3

Provides a basic understanding of the procedural and practical aspects of being a paralegal. Emphasis is on legal terminology, legal concepts, skills needed to perform paralegal tasks, and the ethical considerations involved. Must complete with a C or better.

PAR 1150
Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis I
3

Provides students with a general understanding of the nature of legal research including book research, online legal research tools, and legal citation forms using specific techniques and methodologies. Students will develop research strategies that will enable them to begin drafting documents. The mechanics of the construction of documents will be examined. Students will learn how to review and analyze case law and legal materials in the preparation of writing case briefs, pleadings, and motions. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

PAR 1410
Law Office Technology, Management, and Ethics
3

Introduces basic legal software and computer technology utilized in an office. Topics include billing, time slips, electronic filing, docketing and calendaring, hiring and supervision of personnel, delegation of work to associates and legal assistants, and the ethical implications of each. Must complete with a C or better.

Corequisite(s):
CIS 1010

PAR 2010
Torts
3

Introduces students to tort law, including intentional torts such as assault and battery; torts based on the failure to use reasonable care such as negligence; and strict liability torts, which make the actor liable without any fault for dangerous activities such as mining and blasting operations. In the introduction of negligence, students will become familiar with the four elements of all negligence lawsuits, which include duty, breach of duty, proximate causation, and damages. Major areas of tort litigation will be examined including products liability. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1010

PAR 2110
Criminal Law and Procedures
3

Introduces students to the various offenses that constitute a crime as well as the general principles of culpability and justification. Constitutional safeguards and procedures necessary from arrest through the trial, sentencing, and punishment will be examined. The First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments will be examined. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1010

PAR 2150
Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis II
3

Provides a capstone experience in legal research and writing for the paralegal program. This course will reinforce and continue to develop the high level research skills necessary for today's paralegals. Manual and CALR methods will be expounded upon for further skill refinement. Written and oral communications will continue to be a focus as students demonstrate their proficiency in this area through an extensive legal research project that requires them to produce the applicable legal documentation and then present their findings as they would in the legal setting. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1150

PAR 2310
Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration
3

Familiarizes students with the basic elements of a will, types of wills as well as the responsibilities of a personal representative. Classes of trusts and rules governing trusts will be examined. Discussion will include the purposes of estate planning, probate forms and procedures, and guardianships. Students will assess and analyze tax ramifications of estate plans as well as the different classifications of property. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1010

PAR 2410
Contract Law
3

Introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices associated with contract law. Topics include the elements of a binding legal contract, such as the offer, acceptance, and consideration, the distinction between the common law of contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) treatment of contracts, the study of sales transactions and commercial contracts, an analysis of the concept of performance and the legal remedies available for breach of contract, and the preparation of valid contractual agreements. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1010

PAR 2710
Family Law
3

Introduces students to the areas of law related to marriage, divorce, separation, annulment, guardianship, and adoption. Topics discussed may include custody, child support, alimony, property distribution, and domestic partnerships, as well as the role of the attorney and paralegal in interviewing, determining jurisdiction, counseling, investigating, drafting, serving and filing of legal papers. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1010

PAR 2910
Civil Litigation
3

Introduces students to the stages of a lawsuit, including pretrial, trial, and post-trial procedures. Preparation of pleadings, motions, and subpoenas will be examined. This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of discovery including interviewing techniques and case investigations. The Michigan Court Rules will also be examined. This course provides a capstone experience for the paralegal student, taking a case from its inception to conclusion. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
PAR 1010, PAR 2010, PAR 2150

WRK 2150
Paralegal Work Experience
3

Requires students, in this capstone field experience, to perform 120 hours of paid/unpaid work experiences in a legal setting. General paralegal duties will be performed.

Select One Course from the Following:

COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ENG 2050
Mass Media and Society
3

Introduces the history, technical development, and cultural impact of mass media (books, newspapers, magazines, sound recordings, radio, television, movies, the Internet, and social media, as well as the related areas of public relations and advertising). Examines social factors (i.e. economics, technology, politics, law/regulatory practices, and the consumer culture) that shape media messages. Explores the function and responsibility of mass media in a democratic society, while also analyzing the ethics, power, and influence of modern media.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

ENG 2310
Language and Culture
3

Analyzes the English language through history, considering regional variations and dialect acquisition. Students learn to appreciate language by studying language in everyday social interactions in their own lives and communities. The relationship of linguistic variation to social and cultural identity is discussed, along with multilingualism, expressive speech, sociopolitical uses of language, censorship, and language learning and preservation.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

ENG 2410
Creative Writing
3

Introduces the fundamentals of writing for expressive purposes to students at any level of experience in creative writing. Students will produce and revise original works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction using a workshop format. Students will also explore mentor texts in order to analyze various structures, stylistic approaches, and techniques that they will apply to their own works.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

LIT 2050
Introduction to Literature: World Masterpieces and Critical Approaches
3

Explores classic foundational texts in the major genres (poetry, drama, and fiction). Focuses on understanding literary elements and analyzing texts using close readings and critical literary theory in addition to the skills necessary to write literary essays. Introduces the concepts of literary analysis. Students will understand the influence of these texts in relationship to social and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

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Denise Tucker, Paralegal, A.B. Paralegal, B.B.L. Business Leadership
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