Paralegal - CERT

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Contact: KATHY LARSON larsonk@hutchcc.edu (620)665-3443
Department Chair: BOBBY WHITE Whiteb@hutchcc.edu (620)728-4462

For course descriptions and course prerequisites, click on the course name.

Total Credit Hours

This certificate requires 36 credit hours.

Requirements

Course Title Credits
BU205 Business Law I 3

Law of contracts, real property, personal property, bailments, sales and secured transactions with emphasis on the Uniform Commercial Code.

LA130 Law and the Legal Assistant 3

Role of the legal assistant in the practice of law; types of legal assistants; what legal assistants do; employment, education and licensure; professional ethics; authorized practice of law; preparation and use of pleadings and other documents involved in the trial of a civil or criminal case with emphasis on the practice aspects associated with the trial.

LA131 Litigation 3

Preparation and use of pleadings and other documents involved in the trial of a civil or criminal case with emphasis on the practice aspects associated with the trial.
Pre-Reqs: LA130 Law and the Legal Assistant, or BA130 Law and the Legal Assistant

LA134 Family Law 3

Role of lawyers and legal assistants as counselors with an emphasis on the general legal concepts associated with premarital agreements, marriage, annulment, separation agreements, divorce, child custody, child support, the legal rights of women and children, paternity, adoption, surrogacy and applicable torts.

LA135 Wills, Estates, and Trusts 3

Law of intestate successions, wills, trusts and future interests, with emphasis on the administration of estates under Kansas Law, including preparation of wills, trust instruments and other documents related to the probate process.
Pre-Reqs: LA130 Law and the Legal Assistant, or BA130 Law and the Legal Assistant

LA136 Legal Ethics 3

This course will provide an overview of the rules and laws governing ethical legal obligations oriented to paralegals and professional paralegal practices. Topics include confidentiality, conflicts of interests, attorney-client and work product privileges, the authorized practice of law, interviewing, investigations, records collection and communication skills.
Pre-Reqs: LA130 Law and the Legal Assistant

LA231 Introduction to Legal Research and Writing 3

Introduction to legal research and writing, overview of the law and how to research, simple legal research problems in case law and statutory exercises, citation form, appropriate research instruments including Westlaw and Shepard's Citations.

LA235 Personal Injury and Civil Wrongs 3

Personal injury law, including review of intentional torts (e.g., assault, battery, false imprisonment), negligence and strict liability (e.g., products liability) and other tortuous conduct.
Pre-Reqs: LA130 Law and the Legal Assistant, or BA130 Law and the Legal Assistant

LE205 Criminal Law 3

History, scope and nature of law; parties to a crime; classification of offenses; criminal acts and intent; the capacity to commit crime; and criminal defenses; elements of misdemeanor and felony crimes.

Paralegal Electives 9
Course Title Credits
BU100 Small Business Accounting 3.00

BU214 Word Processing: Microsoft Word for Windows 3.00

HR107 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3.00

IS104 Microcomputer Applications 3.00

LA150 Employment Law 3.00

LA246 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3.00-3.00


NOTE: Completion of an Associates Degree or higher is a requirement for admission into the Paralegal Certificate Program. Student must complete all courses with a C or better.
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