CURRICULUM GUIDE

Legal Assistant
Associate in Business Degree

Curriculum Code: 0101  (Effective Fall 2003 - Summer 2008)

Legal assistants, also known as paralegals, assist lawyers by performing many
of the same tasks, except for those considered to be the practice of law.  To
help lawyers prepare cases for trial, they may investigate the facts; perform
legal research to identify relevant laws, legal articles, judicial decisions
and other documents/materials related to the case; and prepare written reports
after organizing and analyzing all the information.  Other duties may include
drafting briefs and pleadings, obtaining affidavits, assisting the lawyer
during trial, and organizing and maintaining document and correspondence
files.  Some legal assistants may help with completing forms, tax returns, and
drafting contracts. Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges. 
Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor
before enrolling in any course. This program is approved by the American Bar
Association (ABA).

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section
for skills assessment and advising information.

Contact the Business Department, Old Central Building, Room 210, telephone
number (517) 483-1522.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 35 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
LEGL 115    Legal Assistant Career/Ethics                                    3
LEGL 120    Legal Research I                                                 3
LEGL 121    Legal Writing I                                                  3
LEGL 160    Critical Thinking in Law                                         3
LEGL 210    Litigation Procedures                                            4
LEGL 211    Tort Law                                                         2
LEGL 215    Busn Law I, Basic Principles                                     3
LEGL 225    Legal Research and Writing II                                    3
LEGL 228    Computer Appl for the Law Ofc                                    3
WRIT 121    Composition I                                                    4
WRIT 122    Composition II                                                   4

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                               TOTAL: 28-31 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                         13-16 Credits
(See General Education Core Requirements for information on how to fulfill
these requirements.  Core area proficiency exams, where appropriate, are
available for each core area.)
            Communication Core Area                                          3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                    3-4
            Mathematics Core Area                                          3-4
            Science Core Area                                              4-5
            Writing Core Area (See Note 1)                                   0

CHOICE 2:   Business Law                                             3 Credits
LEGL 216    Busn Law II, Commercial Law                                      3
LEGL 217    Busn Law III, Busn Organiza                                      3
LEGL 220    Internat Legal Issues/Organiza                                   3

CHOICE 3:   Computer Related                                         3 Credits
CABS 119    Microsoft Word                                                   3
CABS 219    Advanced Microsoft Word                                          3
OADM 206    Legal Vocabulary/Transcription                                   3

CHOICE 4:   General Law                                              9 Credits
LEGL 218    Litigation Specialties                                           3
LEGL 221    Real Estate Transaction                                          3
LEGL 222    Probate Law and Procedure                                        3
LEGL 223    Domestic Relations                                               3
LEGL 224    Administrative Law                                               3
LEGL 226    Legal Interview/Investigation                                    3
LEGL 227    Bankruptcy and Collections                                       3
LEGL 229    Immigration Law                                                  3
LEGL 280    Legal Assistant Internship                                       3

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   63

1.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
LEGL 115          LEGL 120          LEGL 121          LEGL 225
LEGL 160          LEGL 211          LEGL 210          LEGL 228
LEGL 215          WRIT 122          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.4
WRIT 121          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.2          Lim.Ch.4
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.4          
                  Lim Ch.3