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Course Information

Find course information below, including required textbooks/materials for class, required and elective course outlines and descriptions, and suggested course of study for two-year track students as well as fast track students. 

Spring 2018 Course Materials & Book Lists

Course Name

Required Textbook

Author (s)

Edition

ISBN

Publisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contracts

Basic Contracts Law for Paralegals, Eighth Edition and The Law School Simulation Access Card

Jeffrey A. Helewitz

8th

See Below

Wolters Kluwer

Basic Contract Law for Paralegals, Eighth Edition by Jeffrey A. Helewitz, ISBN: 9781454855552; The Law Simulation Series: Contract Law, ISBN: 9781454837114.

 

Criminal Law

Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal

Neal R. Bevans

2015

ISBN:  978-1133693581

Delmar Cengage Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Law

Introduction to Law for Paralegals

Currier & Eimermann

6th

ISBN: 9781454838760

Wolters Kluwer, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Analysis

Harvard Bluebook to the Twentieth Edition

 

Introduction to Law for Paralegals

 

 

Currier & Eimermann

 

 

6th

ISBN-13: 978-0692400197

 

ISBN: 9781454838760

 

 

Wolters Kluwer, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Research

Olson's Principles of Legal Research

Kent C. Olson

2nd

ISBN: 9780314286642

West Academic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Writing

Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals

Hope Viner Samborn, Andrea Banchik Yelin, Diane Pevar

Fifth

ISBN:9781454852230

Wolters Kluwer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Property

*No textbook required

 

 

 

 

 

Resume Writing

*No textbook required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torts

*Pending

 

 

 

 

 

Required Courses

Students are required to earn 23 credit hours, including 19 credit hours of required legal specialty courses and 4 credit hours of elective legal specialty courses.

Application Fee: $100
Annual IT Fee: $100

   

Course Name

Credit Hours

Tuition

Required Courses:

   

Introduction to Law

1.5

$300

Legal Analysis

1.5

$300

Legal Research

1.5

$300

Legal Writing

1.5

$300

Professional Ethics

1.5

$300

Civil Procedure

2

$400

Evidence

1.5

$300

Computerized Legal Research

1

$200

Law Practice Management

1

$200

Contracts

1.5

$300

Torts

1.5

$300

Criminal Law

1

$200

Real Property

1.5

$300

Resume Writing and Interviewing

0.5

$100


 

   

Elective Courses:

   

Creditor's Rights

0.5

$100

Business Organizations

0.5

$100

Worker's Compensation

0.5

$100

Insurance Law

0.5

$100

Trusts/Wills

0.5

$100

Intellectual Property

0.5

$100

Employment Law

0.5

$100

Oil and Gas Law

0.5

$100

Internship I

1

$200

Internship II

1

$200

General Education Requirements for Completion
In addition to legal specialty courses, students are required to complete 37 hours of general education credits. Most classes taken in the first two years of college will meet the general education requirement. Classes may be taken at any accredited institution of higher learning. General Education Requirements do not need to be completed before beginning courses in the Department of Legal Assistant Education

Required Courses Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO LAW
1.5 Credit Hours 
Survey of the legal system and the role of the legal assistant. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses and provides the student with a background for the courses which follow in the University of Oklahoma legal-assistant program.

LEGAL ANALYSIS
1.5 Credit Hours
(Prerequisite to Legal Writing). Emphasis is on the structure of a legal memorandum. Covers the use of effective writing style and use of Oklahoma legal research materials. Students will also learn how to brief a case. It is strongly recommended that this course be completed in the student's first semester of study.

LEGAL RESEARCH
1.5 Credit Hours
(Prerequisite to Legal Writing). Covers use of state and federal statutes, court reporters, encyclopedias, annotations, digests, Shepard's, periodicals, legislative history sources, and administrative law materials.

LEGAL WRITING
1.5 Credit Hours
(Prerequisites: Legal Analysis and Legal Research) Presentation of guidelines for effective advisory and argumentative writing as applied to pleadings, briefs, legal memorandums, and other types of legal writing.

COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH
1 Credit Hour 
(Prerequisite: Legal Research) Computer-assisted legal research. An introductory course to familiarize students with the computerized legal research systems. Students will receive training in the effective use of search strategies to enhance their legal research capabilities.

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
1.5 Credit Hours
(It is recommended that students complete Legal Analysis before taking this course.) Ethics permeate all activities of a lawyer. This course will enable the legal assistant to: (1) identify ethical parameters of the legal profession; (2) research applicable statutes, rules, and case law; and (3) apply that body of law to practical situations. The course also will examine the extent of the legal assistant's ethical responsibility.

RESUME WRITING AND INTERVIEWING
.5 Credit Hours
This course will provide students with information about the job-search process including interview, resume writing and cover letter drafting. Students will learn in detail about job search resources, associations and networking opportunities.

LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
1 Credit Hour 
Course will provide the student with knowledge of the industry (including the legal marketplace, the legal team, personnel relations, and client relations), provide the student with knowledge of how a law office functions (including legal fees, timekeeping, billing, and financial management), and provide the student with essential skills (including law office systems, docket control systems, records management, file management, and law library management).

CIVIL PROCEDURE 
2 Credit Hours
This course will emphasize the selection of a proper forum, analysis of jurisdiction and venue requirements, both state and federal; determination of necessary parties; preparation of pleadings required in civil litigation, including petitions, motions, answers, counterclaims, and set-offs, as well as post-judgment procedures. The course covers preparation for a civil trial. It includes gathering and organizing evidence by investigation and discovery methods and contact with client and parties. Federal and state court discovery methods and organization for effective presentation at trial are studied.

EVIDENCE
1.5 Credit Hours 
Oklahoma and Federal Rules of Evidence will be surveyed in order to familiarize students with the types of evidence which will and will not be admissible in court and objections which may be made during discovery and in pretrial orders to proposed evidence.

CONTRACTS
1.5 Credit Hours 
This course provides students with an overview of the substantive law of contracts.  Discussion topics will include the formation, performance, and available remedies pertaining to contract law.  Students will be introduced to contract drafting. 

REAL PROPERTY 
1.5 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to real estate law, which includes the study of property rights, types of land ownership, real property descriptions, sale, financing, conveyancing, contracts, liens, mortgages, deeds, recording, settlement concepts, condominiums and cooperatives, leasing, and other property concepts.

TORTS
1.5 Credit Hours 
Includes a survey of the law of torts and the role of the legal assistant in preparation and trial of a personal injury lawsuit. Negligence and other personal injury torts are emphasized. Includes pre-trial preparation, interviewing techniques, preparation and filing of pleadings, use of various discovery methods, preparing witnesses specifically for trial, and the role of the legal assistant at trial.

CRIMINAL LAW
1 Credit Hour 
This course will provide students with an understanding of criminal procedure from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Time will be spent on obtaining an overview of the constitutional underpinnings of criminal procedure as well as on practical aspects of criminal justice.

Elective Courses Descriptions

CREDITORS' RIGHTS
.5 Credit Hours
The debt collection process is discussed, including final judgments and enforcement, prejudgment remedies, statutory liens, bankruptcy, and other elements in the collection process.

 BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
.5 Credit Hours
An overview of the types of basic business organizations and their purposes. The course will cover advantages and disadvantages of each, legal concepts relating to each, terms used in discussing them, and related legal documents that the legal assistant might be expected to create. Topics include the formation and operation of a corporation, sole proprietorship, and general and limited partnership, with emphasis on the corporate entity in Oklahoma.

 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
.5 Credit Hours
The nature of the rights, acquisition and enforcement of, and property and contract interests in, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

 EMPLOYMENT LAW
.5 Credit Hours
This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of current legal issues in the area of employer/employee relations, with coverage of both state and federal laws, including discrimination issues, termination issues, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Upon completion, the paralegal should be able to interview prospective clients and recognize what legal remedies will be available to them.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
.5 Credit Hours
This course will provide students with the knowledge and insight necessary to work in the area of Oklahoma workers' compensation law. Focus will be on the filing of forms, preparing medical records and reports, as well as the Workers' Compensation Court.

INSURANCE LAW
.5 Credit Hours
Introduction to insurance law, with emphasis on Oklahoma statutes and cases. Includes recovery of damages for insurance company failure to deal fairly with the insured.

TRUSTS/WILLS
.5 Credit Hours
General introduction to the law of trusts, the establishment of a trust, drafting trust forms, and transferring assets into trust. Introduction to basic law, terminology, history, and development of wills, concepts of distribution, execution, and will contests.

 OIL AND GAS LAW
.5 Credit Hours
Course objective is to study the basic terminology, lease forms and clauses, other forms, and theory of oil and gas law. Includes discussion of both state and federal regulatory agencies.

 INTERNSHIP I 
1 Credit Hour
The goal of this class is (1) to assist paralegal students in bridging the gap between the classroom and the world of law firms, corporations, public agencies, and organizations; (2) to provide the student with a meaningful, practical experience in a professional setting; (3) to assist the student in clarifying career goals and to assess readiness to enter the legal profession; and (4) and to provide the student an opportunity to refine professional skills.

 INTERNSHIP II
1 Credit Hour
The goal of this class is (1) to assist paralegal students in bridging the gap between the classroom and the world of law firms, corporations, public agencies, and organizations; (2) to provide the student with a meaningful, practical experience in a professional setting; (3) to assist the student in clarifying career goals and to assess readiness to enter the legal profession; and (4) and to provide the student an opportunity to refine professional skills.

Suggested Course of Study

  Student Entering in Fall Semester
1st Year  
Fall  Spring  Summer
Introduction to Law Legal Writing Evidence
Legal Analysis Contracts Comp Leg Research
Legal Research Resume Writing & 
Interviewing
Elective Trusts/Wills
    Elective - Business 
Organizations
     
2nd Year  
Fall  Spring  Summer 
Civil Procedure Criminal Law Elective -  Creditor's 
Rights
Professional Ethics Torts Elective - Worker's 
Compensation
Law Practice Management Real Property Elective - Oil and Gas Law
    Elective - Insurance Law
    Elective - Intellectual
 Property
    Elective - Employment Law
     
Students Entering in Spring Semester  
1st Year  
Spring  Summer  Fall 
Introduction to Law Contracts Civil Procedure
Legal Analysis Comp Leg Research  Evidence
Legal Research Elective - Oil and Gas Law  
  Elective - Business 
Organizations
 
  Elective - Intellectual Property  
     
2nd Year  
Spring  Summer  Fall 
Legal Writing Real Property Professional Ethics
Torts Elective - Trusts/Wills Law Practice Management
Resume Writing & 
Interviewing
Elective - Creditor's Rights  
Criminal Law Elective - Worker's Comp  
  Elective - Insurance Law  
  Elective - Employment Law  

Fast Track Course of Study

  Fast Track Entering in Fall Semester
1st Year  
Fall  Spring  Summer
Introduction to Law Legal Writing Evidence
Legal Analysis Contracts Comp Leg Research
Legal Research Resume Writing & 
Interviewing
Trusts/Wills
Law Practice Management Criminal Law Business 
Organizations
  Torts Creditor's Rights
  Real Property Worker's Compensation
    Oil and Gas Law
    Insurance Law
    Intellectual Property
    Employment Law
     
2nd Year  
Fall     
Civil Procedure    
Professional Ethics    
     
Fast Track Entering in Spring Semester  
1st Year  
Spring  Summer  Fall 
Introduction to Law Contracts Civil Procedure
Legal Analysis Comp Legal Research  Evidence
Legal Research Oil and Gas Law Law Practice Management
Resume Writing Business 
Organizations
Professional Ethics
  Intellectual Property  
  Trusts/Wills  
  Creditor's Rights  
  Worker's Compensation  
  Insurance Law  
  Employment Law  
     
2nd Year  
Spring     
Legal Writing    
Torts    
Criminal Law    
Real Property    

Updated 11/30/2017 by OU Law: lawcommunications@ou.edu

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