PLGL101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides an overview of the paralegal profession as it has developed in the modern American legal system. The course focuses on the functions of the paralegal professionals and clarifies how paralegal skills provide an essential complement to the role of lawyers in American jurisprudence. Topics will include: the nature, meaning, and source of law; the various fields of law; the history of Anglo-American law; the organization and structure of the modern legal system; legal ethics, legal terminology and research, including the use of the (online) law library; interviewing and taking depositions, and managing the law office.
PLGL102 Critical Thinking and Legal Writing 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides instruction in the protocols of both verbal and written legal communication. The course focuses on teaching the paralegal professional to speak and write skillfully and properly in legal terms to various audiences, including: attorneys, clients, legal office staff, judges, legislators, etc. The paralegal student also gains practice in careful critical analysis and systematic interpretation of legal documents.
PLGL103 Legal Research 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course teaches the paralegal student how to read and interpret the diverse written records and works of law with accuracy, speed, and efficiency. The paralegal student learns the specific procedures of legal research through focused, hands-on practice in locating, annotating, and synthesizing information in primary and secondary sources of law: congressional records, judicial reports, citation forms, case findings, federal, state, and supreme digests, annotated law reports, published statutory policies of governmental agencies and legal periodicals.
PLGL104 Real Property and Real Estate Transactions 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course teaches the paralegal student how to assist attorneys and clients in the legal procedures of real estate transactions. These procedures involve a wide range of specific, interrelated tasks that a paralegal professional can help perform: obtaining and recording basic information from the principals (buyer and seller); conducting a title search; supervising the purchase of title insurance; assisting in obtaining mortgage financing, reviewing mortgage applications, assisting in the proper recording of mortgages; assembling tax receipts; allocating property taxes for closing; recording capital gains or losses; researching and applying the latest tax laws; drafting the preliminary abstract of the title, the property tax return, and the purchase and sales agreement; arranging the closing date; recording the minutes of the closing; and notarizing documents at the closing.
PLGL105 Family Law 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course focuses on the statutes and procedures pertaining to family law, with particular emphasis on the legal formalities of divorce. The student studies the history and nature of the law regarding the legal rights and obligations of individuals within family relationships. Among the interrelated legal issues covered by this course are:, marriage, divorce, annulment, support and custody, alimony, gender rights, rights of children, adoption, domestic violence, rights and obligations of paternity and maternity, and prenuptial agreements.
PLGL106 Estate Planning, Probate, and Taxation 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course focuses on the preparation of legal documents essential to estate planning. The paralegal student learns how to assist attorneys and clients in the diverse range of legal procedures regarding estates: collection of assets, maintenance of estate records, notification of the beneficiaries, preparation of will and trusts, completion of federal and state tax returns, application of income principal rules to estates, drafting of court forms, from account records, transfer of securities to individuals entitled to them, preparation of periodic statements for estates, trusts and individuals, facilitation of collection and delivery of estate income, and preparation of checks for executor signature.
PLGL107 Business Formation and Organization 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course offers a comprehensive overview of the formation of business entities. Learners receive training in legal procedures essential to the creation and structuring of business organizations, including special types of business vehicles, such as sole proprietorship, partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, trusts, and limited liability corporations. Learners also receive instruction in preparing the documents necessary to the legal organization and operation of each type of business.
PLGL108 Personal Property, Contracts and Credit Transactions 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides a study of the laws of personal property, with a focus on the role of contracts in relationship to the laws of sales and civic agreements. A survey of the Uniform Commercial Code is central to the course material, as well as instruction in drafting the legal documents pertaining to personal property and credit transactions: purchase and sales agreements, bills of sale, promissory notes, security agreements, and Uniform Commercial Code finance statements.
PLGL109 Civil Trial Practice and Procedure 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides the knowledge and training that enables the paralegal student to assist in the process of civil litigation. The course features an overview of the principles and philosophy of civil law. The learner also receives instruction in a number of key areas critical to the preparation and conduct of civil trials: constructing case profiles, checking attorney briefs against case for accuracy, organizing and indexing case documents, tracing and verifying physical evidence, examining public records (police reports, medical files etc.), interviewing witnesses, writing drafts of interrogatories, depositions, and pleadings, arranging for client interviews and court appearances of witnesses, interpreting and summarizing deposition transcripts and trial testimony, conducting legal research, and preparing briefs, memos and bibliographies of source material.
PLGL110 Criminal Trial Practice and Procedure 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides instruction for the paralegal student to assist in the criminal trial process. The course features an overview of the principles and philosophies of criminal law focusing primarily on New Hampshire statutes, court rules, and case precedents. Specific topics include: Miranda rights, confessions, and identification procedures, constitutional right to an attorney, criminal complaints, indictments, and the bail system, pretrial discovery procedures, pleas negotiations, guilty pleas, and the defense of insanity, motor vehicle violations, the New Hampshire juvenile system, and the laws pertaining to domestic violence and felonious sexual assault.