(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 3150 - Legal Research/Writing I (3)
(Was 2420). 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 3400 - Estates and Probates (3)
Laws, regulations, customs, ethics, and practical realities of estate management. The course covers decedents? estates (probate law, wills, trusts, intestate succession) as well as estate management for those who are legally incapacitated (conservatorships and guardianships). PREREQUISTIE: LEGL 2400 and LEGL 2410.
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 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.
LEGL 4150 - Legal Research Writing II (3)
(Was 3450). 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 3150.
LEGL 4200 - Healthcare Liability (3)
Interplay between modern health care and tort liability; medical malpractice claims, defenses, and damages; tort reform; pre-suit requirements; concepts of agency and vicarious liability; expert witnesses; discovery and presentation of medical evidence; and ethical dilemmas of health care litigation. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400, LEGL 2410, and LEGL 3150.
LEGL 4300 - Immigration Law (3)
Phenomenon of immigration in the United States from a legal perspective. Readings and projects expose students to the different ways in which immigration is regulated by legislatures, administrative agencies, and courts. PREREQUISITE: LEGL 2400 and LEGL 2410.