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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD100 Course ID: 2886 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This is the foundation course for the program. This course requires no previous legal background and introduces the student to the paralegal profession, the legal system, legal research, writing, and analysis, and other aspects of the law and the law office. This course will provide practical problem exercises of the type faced in an office environment; help the student develop the requisite paralegal skills; and presents a variety of the ethical issues and perspectives that paralegals face today. The overall theme is to address a broad range of paralegal topics in a contemporary law office environment.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Outline the structure of the American Legal System.

2. Differentiate between the various courts in the federal court system.

3. Examine the legal process and the role the paralegal has in that process.

4. List the various types of legal organizations in which a paralegal can work.

5. Identify the type of activities a paralegal may perform.

6. Present an overview of the types of law in the American legal system.

7. Understand the spectrum of tasks a paralegal can be assigned from billing to managing the filing system.

The grading will be based on Forums, written assignments and open book midterm and final examinations.

  1. Forums: Weekly Forums due during the course count as 20% of the final grade.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

  1. Assignments: This class has two written assignments. All necessary information can be found in the classroom under the Assignments tab.
  2. Exams: The Midterm and Final examinations are open book essay and multiple choice exams. These examinations will cover selected sections of the textbook and assigned reading.
NameGrade %
Forum Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 39.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.57 %
Week 2 Forum 5.57 %
Week 3 Forum 5.57 %
Week 5 Forum 5.57 %
Week 6 Forum 5.57 %
Week 7 Forum 5.57 %
Week 8 Forum 5.57 %
Extra Credit 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 3 Library Assignment 10.00 %
Week 6 (Case Essay) 10.00 %
Mid-term Exam 20.00 %
Mid-term Exam (due end of week 4) 20.00 %
Final 20.00 %
Final (due end of week 8) 20.00 %

Recommended but not Required

*Recommended, but not required: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed., (2015). This is available in hard copy or as an e-text and may be purchased at: You can also access the bluebook through APUS. See class announcements for information.

Book Title:Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, 4th ed. - eBook available in the APUS online Library; Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author:Feinman, Jay
Unit Cost:$20.60
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.