Paralegal

PAL 100: PARALEGAL INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR

This course is designed to provide paralegal students with an opportunity to learn and practice strategies essential for successful completion of their educational program. Such strategies are often also of value in the paralegal profession. Focus will be on familiarity with college and paralegal resources, knowledge of college policies and procedures, effective paralegal curriculum management, and development of academic and professional success skills. In addition, the course will discuss the requirements of becoming a New York notary public and the functions that a notary will commonly perform.

Credits: 1
Type: Lecture
Attributes: Intro Seminar
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 110: FUNDAMENTALS OF PARALEGALISM

This course will provide students with an overview of the role of paralegals in the legal system. Topics to be examined include: employment specialties, professional development, law office operations, client relations, legal interviewing and professional ethics. Upon completion of this course, students should be better able to determine if they wish to continue their education in the paralegal field.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 120: LEGAL RESEARCH

An introduction to legal research sources and methods, and the drafting of legal memoranda based upon such research. Students will be trained to effectively and efficiently find legal principles and authorities from primary and secondary sources of law using both text and computerized resources. Both Federal and New York State applications will be addressed.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 210: FAMILY LAW

A study of the law of domestic relations of New York, focusing on the substantive law of marriage, separation, divorce, annulment and family obligations. Attention is also given to procedural laws concerning Family Court proceedings and the drafting of documents related to family law practice. Prerequisites: PAL 110 and PAL 120.

Credits: 3
Type: Online, Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 220: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES

This course is a study of the legal aspects of preparing valid wills and probating the deceased's estate. In addition, procedures of estate administration without a will, estate settlement, discharge of fiduciary duties, taxation, trust creation and administration will be addressed. The function of the paralegal in this area of law will serve as the basis for topic coverage. Prerequisites: PAL 110 and PAL 120.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 230: LAW OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

A study of sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations, focusing on the applicable legal principles and preparation of documents relating to the organization and operation of each. The function of the paralegal in this area of law will serve as the basis for topic coverage. Prerequisites: PAL 110 and PAL 120.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 240: CIVIL LITIGATION

This course focuses on fundamental principles and procedures of the civil litigation process. Upon completion, students will be familiar with the pretrial, trial and post-trial stages of litigation, including rules of procedure and the paralegal's role in case preparation, discovery and the drafting of pleadings, motions and other documents. Prerequisites: PAL 110 and PAL 120.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 250: REAL PROPERTY LAW

This course focuses on the law of real estate with an in-depth survey of the common types of property ownership and conveyances. Relevant documents, including contracts of sale, mortgages, deeds and leases are examined. The role of the paralegal in helping to facilitate various real estate transactions is stressed. Prerequisites: PAL 110 and PAL 120.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 271: SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT I

A special learning experience designed by one or more students with the cooperation and approval of a faculty member. Proposed study plans require departmental approval. Projects may be based on reading, research, community service, work experience, or other activities that advance the student's knowledge and competence in the field of paralegal or related areas. The student's time commitment to the project will be approximately 35-50 hours.

Credits: 1
Type: Lecture, Independent Study
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 272: SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT II

Similar to PAL 271 except that the student's time commitment to the project will be approximately 70-90 hours.

Credits: 2
Type: Lecture, Independent Study
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 273: SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT III

Similar to PAL 271 except that the student's time commitment to the project will be approximately 105-135 hours.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Independent Study
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 290: PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP

This non-required course provides paralegal students with an opportunity to gain work experience in a law office or other related legal work environment. Course requirements include a minimum of 120 hours during the semester in a supervised setting requiring the completion of a variety of activities assigned to a paralegal. The course also requires participation in regularly scheduled seminars with the instructor and the completion of regular internship reports. Note: Students must register for both a lecture and a lab. Prerequisites: Matriculation in the Paralegal AAS Degree program, PAL 100, PAL 110, PAL 120, 9 credit hours of other PAL courses, and permission of department.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


PAL 901: ADV LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING

Students will further develop and practice legal research, analysis, and writing skills through analysis of hypothetical situations and preparation of relevant legal documents such as letters, memoranda, court briefs, and pleadings. 3 Lec. 0 Lab. 3 Cr. Hrs. Pre-requisites: ENG 101 and PAL 120

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Attributes: Elective, Business Electives
Department: Business

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015