Paralegal/Legal Studies Courses

PLS 1, Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: ENGL 1A

Study of the code of ethics in the legal profession; the steps to file a lawsuit; the California and federal court systems; the areas of torts, contracts, property law, and criminal law and procedure; the role of a paralegal; and the operations of a law office

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 2, Legal Research and Writing I
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: ENGL 1A

Study and practice of written, verbal, electronic communication and legal research techniques and styles used in today's law offices. Students will also be required to research online and using print, Shepardize, and cite properly their sources.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 3, Legal Research and Writing II
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: PLS 1 and PLS 2

This course teaches students how to research more effectively using both online and print sources, how to cite check and shepardize, and how to argue persuasively via two types of legal memoranda.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 4, Litigation I
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: PLS 1 and PLS 2

This course teaches students how to gather the information and draft the pleadings to commence a lawsuit in court or respond to a lawsuit.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 5, Litigation II
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: PLS 3 and PLS 4

This course focuses on the discovery, trial, and post-trial phases of a lawsuit and the role of a paralegal in each phase.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 6, Law Office Management and Procedures
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: PLS 3 and PLS 4 ADVISE: MABS 60

This course covers law office management systems, personnel management, accounting, and operations.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 7, Corporate Law
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: PLS 3

This course covers legal aspects of various business entities, including corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and joint ventures and emphasizes the duties of a paralegal in forming, maintaining, and terminating the above entities.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 9, Wills, Trusts, and Probate Administration
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: PLS 3

This course teaches the law of wills and trusts; the organization and jurisdiction of a California probate court; and the administration of estates in California probate courts, including gift inheritance and estate taxes.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 12, Family Law
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: PLS 3; PLS 4

This course covers the tasks associated with marital dissolutions such as the division of marital property and child custody as well as alternate family structures in today's society.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 13, Intellectual Property
Lec-52.5

PREREQ: PLS 3 and PLS 4

This course focuses on the principles of intellectual property law in trademarks, copyrights, and patents including international conventions and the difference between ideas and expression of ideas, fair-use doctrine, trade secrets, and the notion of public domain.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 14, Immigration Law
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: PLS 3

This course is a practice-oriented overview of immigration law and covers family and employment visas, political asylum, naturalization, non-immigrant visas, and removal.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PLS 16, Paralegal Work Experience
field trips

PREREQ: PLS 1 and PLS 2 and PLS 3 and PLS 4

Students will work with practicing attorneys and paralegals, apply the skills learned in the paralegal classes, and gain experience working in a legal environment.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Replaces PLS 16, PLS 18, and PLS 19