Course Code: LSTD299 Course ID: 4675 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course is a culminating course for the Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies degree. It is designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in Paralegal Studies. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates their grasp of the paralegal studies field. This is a culminating course to be taken after all other Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies courses have been satisfactorily completed. Student must have SOPHOMORE standing to register. Prerequisite: This course is to be taken as the LAST course in the AS in Paralegal Studies program.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|11/30/20 - 04/30/21||05/03/21 - 06/27/21||Spring 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 08/29/21||Summer 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|03/29/21 - 09/03/21||09/06/21 - 10/31/21||Summer 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, function, principles, and concepts of law as they relate to the paralegal.
2. Use critical legal thinking and analytical skills to resolve typical paralegal situations or facts.
3. Apply legal research methods and techniques used in the practice of law.
4. Describe the elements that make a source of information an acceptable scholarly reference.
5. Produce a paralegal literature reviews using acceptable scholarly references.
6. Demonstrate the BlueBook citation format in writing assignments.
7. Produce a scholarly academic paper or project using proper citation format.
Your final grade in this course will be based on the following course requirements:
- Forum Questions and Responses to Other Students Work: Each student will be required to answer the weekly Forum question and respond to at least three other students. The Forum questions can be found in each Discussion Forum. Students will be required to post their weekly Forum question to the proper Forum board. There are eight (8) graded Discussion Forums.
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 Thursday 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.
- Legal Case Brief: Each student will be required to write a Bluebook Style legal case brief. The case brief is located in the assignment section of the class.
- Final Project Paper Topic Selection Assignment: Each student will be required to select a topic. Have the topic approved by the course professor, and write and outline for their Final Project and submit the outline to the assignment section for grading. The outline must be detailed and formatted in BlueBook Style.
- Final Project Paper: The term project is posted in the assignment section of the class. The term project is a 1250-word BlueBook Style Analytical Paper.
Classroom participation is necessary for distance education. This is not an electronic correspondence course. You will have to interact with your fellow students and your professor. The more interaction that we achieve will increase our knowledge of each other, the course material, and the learning process.
It is imperative that the student stays in contact with the professor and university. If your work schedule changes, or you are deployed, a family emergency occurs, or anything that will cause your course assignments to be late you must contact me (best done in the classroom messages section). I will work out a personal class completion schedule with you. It is the student’s responsibility to advise the professor of any changes that will cause course assignments to be late. It is my discretion to either deny or grant an extension based on information that is provided to me.
Students should log into the classroom several times a week and check Forum boards and emails. If you need anything, communicate with the course professor first to work out any problems.
|Week 1||3.63 %|
|Week 2||3.63 %|
|Week 3||3.63 %|
|Week 4||3.63 %|
|Week 5||3.63 %|
|Week 6||3.63 %|
|Week 7||3.63 %|
|Week 8||3.63 %|
|Paper Topic Selection||10.00 %|
|Topic Selection (Week 2)||10.00 %|
|Legal Case Brief||20.00 %|
|Case Brief (Week 5)||20.00 %|
|Final Paper||40.00 %|
|Final Paper||40.00 %|
This course will not require an assignment eBook or textbook. The course material will be delivered using scholarly articles, Power Point Presentations (PPP), and web based sources that are located within the weekly lessons sections of the electronic classroom.
|Book Title:||There are no required books for this course.|
|Author:||No Author Specified|
|Book Title:||Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.|
|Publication Info:||Harvard, Columbia Law Review|
|Author:||Harvard, Columbia Law Review|
Not current for future courses.