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LSTD299 - Sophomore Seminar in Paralegal Studies

Course Details

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.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

NameGrade %
Forums 29.00 %
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 %
Introductions 1.00 %
Introductions 1.00 %

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. - available online through the APUS Online Library:
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.