Legal Assistant Technology Program
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- BAAS Transfer Option
The Legal Assistant Technology curriculum offered through Trinity Valley Community College is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work under the general direction of attorneys to assist them in completion of legal tasks. Students completing this program will be able to prepare complaints, motions, subpoenas, billing forms, and will be well-prepared for a career as a legal assistant.
According to the most recent U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. The following video provides information on Legal Assistant careers in the State of Texas. This video was produced by the Texas Genuine project whose Web site provides information on workforce careers.
LGLA 1219. Legal Ethics. (2-3-0)
This course examines the moral responsibilities and duties a member of the legal profession owes to the public, to the court, to professional associates and to clients.
LGLA 1307. Law and the Legal Profession. (3-3-0)
This course is a comprehensive overview of the legal system and the role of the legal assistant within the system. The course focuses on the major principles and functions of our legal system, and introduces the students to various legal fields and special topics.
LGLA 1345. Civil Litigation. (3-3-0)
A survey of the principles of the preparation for trial. Students will examine discovery, motions, pleadings and other documents required for civil action.
LGLA 1351. Contracts. (3-3-0)
This course presents fundamental concepts of contract law with emphasis on the paralegal’s role. Topics include formation, performance, and enforcement of contracts under the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code.
LGLA 1353. Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration. (3-3-0)
Explores the legal concepts of wills and trusts and the fundamental principles of law applicable to each. The organization and jurisdiction of the probate court and an analysis of estate administration and fiduciary accounting are also covered.
LGLA 1355. Family Law. (3-3-0)
A variety of topics are explored in this course including: divorce, separation, custody, legitimization, adoption, change of name, guardianship support, domestic relations court procedures and separation agreements.
LGLA 1380, 2380. Cooperative Education – Paralegal/Legal Assistant (3-1-20)
Mixture of academic and work related activities in student’s major. College cooperates with employing supervisor in setting and achieving learning objectives. Weekly seminars in conjunction with on-the-job training. Lab fee.
LGLA 1401. Legal Research and Writing. (4-3-3)
A study of basic legal research and writing procedures, including techniques for conducting research with the use of computers. Emphasis is on finding the law, gathering, analyzing, and organizing the facts through the use of state and federal codes. Lab fee.
LGLA 2303. Torts and Personal Injury Law. (3-3-0)
This course presents fundamental concepts of tort law with emphasis on the paralegal’s role. Topics include intentional torts, negligence and strict liability.
LGLA 2305. Interviewing and Investigating. (3-3-0)
This course is a study of principles, methods, and investigative techniques utilized to locate, gather, document and manage information. Emphasis on developing interviewing and investigative skills to prepare the paralegal to communicate effectively while recognizing ethical problems.
LGLA 2307. Law Office Management. (3-3-0)
This course presents the fundamentals of law office management and organization including basic principles and structure of management, administrative and substantive systems in the law office and law practice technology. The student will identify and explain the fundamental principles of management, administrative, and substantive systems of the law office; explain the role of technology in the management and administration of the law office; apply management principles and technology; and explain ethical issues relating to law office operations.
LGLA 2313. Criminal Law and Procedure. (3-3-0)
This course introduces the criminal justice system including procedures from arrest to final disposition, principles of federal and state law, and the preparation of pleadings and motions. The student will define and properly use terminology relating to criminal law; describe sources of law relating to criminal law; locate and analyze cases and statutes relating to criminal law; describe the role and ethical obligations of the paralegal relating to criminal law; and draft documents commonly used in criminal law.
POFL 1305. Legal Terminology. (3-3-0)
An introduction to legal terminology including spelling, pronunciation, and definition of legal terms and an overview of the law and the professions. Develop a legal vocabulary and explain fundamental legal concepts, procedures, terminology and current issues in law.
POFT 1429 Basic Keyboarding
POFT 2401 Intermediate Keyboarding
POFI 2301 Business Law
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication
LGLA 1355 Family Law
LGLA 1351 Contracts
LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administrations
LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law
LGLA 2305 Interviewing and Investigating
POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding
BMGT 1341 Business Ethics
The BAAS transfer options provide opportunities for students who complete an AAS with TVCC to continue their education at a partnering university. By enrolling and completing online courses with the partnering university, TVCC’s AAS students are able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences (BAAS) degree that often is necessary for advancement into managerial and executive positions.
To explore pathways from the TVCC to one of our partnering universities, please visit http://www.ntxccc.org/pathways
Robert Brittain Date:
2/8/2018 10:25:40 AM