PLG 170 Intro to Legal System


Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover
Effective Date:
2020-51
Prerequisite:
ENG 006 or ENG 007 or EAP 093 or higher, and MAT 005 or higher, SSC 100 or concurrent
Co-Requisites:

None

Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course provides a perspective of the legal system and specific knowledge of the present and potential role of the legal assistant within the system.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

None

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Use basic legal terminology. (CCC 1; PGC 1)
  2. Determine proper ethical behavior to be applied in a legal career. (CCC 4, 5; PGC 1)
  3. Explain the stages of a civil action and the application of rules of evidence. (CCC 1, PGC 3)
  4. Interpret basic case law, and describe the judicial decision making process. (CCC 5; PGC 4)
  5. Apply limitations in seeking relief to factual circumstances. (CCC 2; PGC 4)
  6. Describe remedies afforded to defendants in varying factual situations. (CCC 5; PGC 4)
  7. Evaluate litigation concerning federal questions of law, and determine which federal court would have jurisdiction. (CCC 2, 5; PGC 4)
  8. Explain the present and potential role of the legal assistant within the legal system. (CCC 1; PGC 1)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Use basic legal terminology.
    1. Define legal terms pertaining to the types of law.
    2. Explain basic legal concepts related to civil law.
    3. Describe concepts related to criminal law.
    4. Define terms commonly used in real estate law, estate law, personal property, sales, contracts, family law, and administrative law.
  2. Determine proper ethical behavior to be applied in a legal career.
    1. Define ethics.
    2. Distinguish between ethics and law.
    3. Give examples of ethic and unethical behavior as applied to a legal career.
  3. Explain the stages of a civil action and the application of rules of evidence.
    1. List the steps in filing a civil action.
    2. Explain how evidence is presented in a civil action.
    3. Discuss the legal process as it pertains to evidence.
    4. Explain what is meant by preponderance of the evidence.
  4. Interpret basic case law, and describe the judicial decision making process.
    1. Identify the question or questions of law within a civil or criminal case.
    2. Discuss the questions of facts that must be determined within a case before a judicial decision can be rendered.
  5. Apply limitations in seeking relief to factual circumstances.
    1. Explain the circumstances that could limit the ability to seek legal relief.
    2. Discuss mootness, the act of state doctrine, the statute of limitations, and the doctrine of res judicata.
  6. Describe remedies afforded to defendants in varying factual situations.
    1. Explain the concept of relevance and materiality as it pertains to evidence.
    2. Describe how evidence must be legally adequate.
    3. Explain the best evidence rule and the hearsay rule.
    4. Describe how privilege can be used to prevent evidence from being introduced in court.
  7. Evaluate litigation concerning federal questions of law, and determine which federal court would have jurisdiction.
    1. List the questions of law that can be heard in a federal court.
    2. Determine which federal court would have jurisdiction over a case.
  8. Evaluate litigation concerning state questions of law, and determine which Delaware Court would have jurisdiction.
    1. Identify the area of jurisdiction for the state court system.
    2. Determine which court or courts would have jurisdiction to hear a particular case.
  9. Explain the present and potential role of the legal assistant within the legal system.
    1. Identify career opportunities within the legal system.
    2. Discuss changes likely to occur that will affect career opportunities.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Formative - Chapter Quizzes (equally weighted)

20%

Formative - Written Assignments/Homework (equally weighted)

10%

Summative: Mid-Term Exam

20%

Summative: Final Exam

25%

Summative: Presentation

10%

Summative: Court Room Observation/Paper

10%

Formative: Class Room Participation

5%

TOTAL

100%

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):

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  1. Explain the present and potential role of the paralegal within the legal system.
  2. Produce documents necessary for a functioning law office.
  3. Comply with the profession’s Code of Ethics within the legal system.
  4. Use a range of research methods and information necessary to complete a variety of legal activities.
  5. Apply acquired knowledge of legal specialty areas in the workplace.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
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