LGST 101 - Introduction to the Legal System
An overview of the U.S. legal system with an additional focus on the role of the paralegal professional within that system. Specific topics studied include the operation and structures of federal and state criminal and civil law systems; federal and state court organization; career opportunities for the paralegal professional in various sectors of the U.S. legal system; basic ethical considerations in the practice of law; legal research and writing skills; trial preparation activities and interviewing techniques; and introduction to specific areas of law such as real property law, tort law, contract law, environmental law, criminal law/procedure etc. PRE- or COREQUISITE(S): ENGL 101 and POLI 101 . Three hours lecture/discussion each week.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical obligations of paralegals and attorneys.
- Describe the functions of the paralegal within the legal system.
- Describe the trial procedures for both criminal and civil trials.
- Differentiate the functions of administrative agencies and other governmental entities, criminal justice agencies, and private law firms.
- Distinguish the operations and structures of the Federal criminal and civil systems with those of the state of Maryland.
- Demonstrate an understanding of various areas of law within the U.S. legal system.
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