Covers the history and development of present-day law practice, including specialized areas of practice. Completers should be able to describe the American court system, know and use legal vocabulary, have a basic understanding of different substantive areas of law. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Overviews court system, emphasizing the Utah State Courts, civil procedural and evidentiary rules, and stages of civil litigation. Emphasizes the paralegal's role in investigation, preparation, and resolution of lawsuits. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Survey course that discusses the impact of earning a law degree; professional options open to a JD; and how to manage one's career; through lectures on pertinent issues, opportunities to interview lawyers, by film, speakers sharing their experience about different aspects of their career, opportunities to read and write on legal issues.
Examines the admissibility of evidence in both a civil and criminal trial context. Studies the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the privileges, challenges, advancements in technology and emerging issues in the use of evidence in American courts.
Provides exposure to emerging topics of current interest in the Legal field. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation.
A capstone course for the Associate's Degree in Legal Studies. Provides integration of all functional paralegal skills via mock trials. Requires the student to write a legal memorandum analyzing a particular case and to present a legal issue to the class.
Elective credit for students interested in law or law-related professions. Provides a program of activity relating to current legal issues, encouraging social awareness and developing law and civic consciousness. Students arrange for guest speakers from the legal and criminal justice professions to present information concerning their professions. Teaches leadership skills by serving on committees. Pass/Fail grade issued. Paralegal majors and criminal justice majors may repeat this course for a total of three elective credits towards graduation. Each student must participate in the service project and fundraiser for a passing grade.
For School of Business students and others desiring a more complete understanding of business law. Presents the American legal system, constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and administrative law and alternatives to courts. Discusses crimes, torts, negligence, contracts, negotiable instruments, and contractual relationships. May be delivered online. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
For School of Business students and others desiring a more complete understanding of business law at an honors level. Presents the American legal system, constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and administrative law and alternatives to courts. Discusses crimes, torts, negligence, contracts, negotiable instruments, and contractual relationships. Lab access fee of $32 applies.
Includes the nature of real property, estates in land, transfer of real property rights, encumbrances, public restrictions, and contracts. Discusses ownership in real estate, settlement, taxation, real estate finance, math in real estate applications, and real estate valuation and appraisal. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Explores the legal implications of ownership of real property, including property management and new construction. Also covers federal and Utah-specific law, and Utah licensing testing and review. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Offers an introduction to the most commonly practiced dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Studies conflict resolution theory and explores contemporary dispute resolution policy issues. Involves participation in simulations of various dispute resolution processes, including interviewing and counseling, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
Explores the intricacies of contracts and agency relationships in real estate transactions, including uniform real estate contracts, agency agreements and principles, the Utah standard Real Estate Purchase Contract, and other related issues.
Overview of how to conduct a factual investigation in various contexts, including criminal and civil cases, with particular emphasis on interviewing witnesses. Includes technology-driven investigative tools, social media, the Freedom of Information Act and other resources, and the ethical and legal limitations on investigative techniques.
Examines the relationship between law and politics. Addresses the impact politics have on the judiciary and the strengths and weaknesses of law as a means of social order. Focuses on general issues of legal and political theory and the social and political function of law.
For School of Business marketing students and others desiring a more complete understanding of marketing law. Broadly presents the American legal system, with special attention to issues in constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and administrative law and alternatives to courts with respect to marketing. Discusses crimes, torts, negligence, contracts, negotiable instruments, intellectual property, and contractual relationships.
Prepares students to knowledgeably understand and participate on a basic level in the process of mediation and negotiation in a legal context. Focuses on conceptual knowledge of both process and practical skills and effectiveness as a mediator and negotiator.
Covers employment and labor law, cases, and policy. Includes employment discrimination along with labor relations statues exploring the link between employment discrimination and traditional labor relations law. Presents tools necessary to formulate and write policy for profit and non-profit organizations. Includes lecture, class discussions, case studies, a service learning project, and guest speakers. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Provides instruction in theory and practice of tort and injury law. Successful completers should know and use legal vocabulary and demonstrate an understanding of tort and injury law. Lab access fee of $32 course for computers applies.
Covers management principles applicable in modern law practice from solo practice to large mega firms. Provides students with parameters and policies of the business of law to understand why law firms conduct business differently from other industries. Introduces students to administrative and substantive functions and procedures common to a law office that make the student's transition into legal employment easier. Encourages ethical considerations and acquisition of skills required by law firms that use efficient systems and procedures.
Acquaints students with Certified Legal Assistant exam prerequisite and preparation strategies. Reviews all required sections of the exam which include legal terminology, communications, legal ethics, judgment and analytical ability, legal research, human relations and interviewing techniques, and general law. Also covers some elective law portions of the exam which might include administrative law, bankruptcy law, business organizations, contract law, criminal law, estate planning and probate, family law, litigation, real estate law. Successful completers should be prepared to sit for the CLA Exam.
Examines contemporary issues in business law, with an emphasis in e-commerce and business in a digital environment. Studies secured transactions, business associations, investor protection, consumer protection and government regulation in an increasingly global and interconnected business environment. Recommended for students interested in graduate school, especially in law or business.
Prepares students to perform at an advanced level in the mediation process. Builds on the fundamentals learned in the basic course, improves knowledge, and sharpens practical skills and effectiveness as a mediator. Uses an interactive-workshop format that blends theory with simulated class role-play.
Covers collection of debts and the discharge of certain financial obligations in bankruptcy, including Chapter 7, 11, and 13 filings. Utilizes lecture and practical experience in the preparation of collection and bankruptcy documents. Teaches basic collections, bankruptcy law, drafting collections, bankruptcy pleadings, and schedules. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Examines purpose and methods of estate planning, emphasizing the drafting of simple wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. Covers testamentary and non-testamentary disposition of property, taxation, intestate succession, medical directives, power of attorney and probate and estate administration processes. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Provides a functional approach to the Law of Contracts. Teaches contract problems and defenses through case study method. Lab access fee of $32 for computers applies.
Examines the emergence of International Law as a reflection of changing social, cultural, religious perspectives in an increasingly global community. Studies the global relationships between states, businesses, and individuals, and the resolution of disputes on an international level, including special problems in international crime, jurisdiction, courts, contracts and trade, intellectual property, and other current issues.
Examines the relationships between individual liberty and the government, including the separation of powers, federalism and limits on the government's ability to restrict individual freedom. Studies the Bill of Rights, with emphasis on the first, fourth, and fourteenth amendments, and their practical effect in civil and criminal cases.
Prepares students to understand and participate knowledgeably and effectively in the process of domestic mediation. Improves conceptual knowledge about and understanding of the domestic mediation process as well as improving practical negotiation and mediation skills. Utilizes a highly interactive workshop format that blends theory with practice.
Examines current issues in international and comparative business law, including environmental protections, multinational enterprises, foreign investment, banking, labor, financing and taxation. Studies how culture, values, religion, and other factors affect law in a global business context. Recommended for students graduate work, especially in business or law. Fulfills Global/Intercultural Requirement.
A capstone course for the Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies. Provides integration of all functional paralegal skills via mock trials. Requires the student to write a legal memorandum analyzing a particular case and to present a legal issue to the class.
Studies the process of researching and writing for scholarly publication. Includes understanding the concepts of scholarly conversation, managing scholarship, choosing a topic, identifying appropriate journals, using exemplars, creating a title and abstract, making an outline, developing an introduction and conclusion, writing the body of the paper, and then revising, submitting, and finally publishing in a scholarly journal. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation.
Examines contemporary issues in business law, with an emphasis in e-commerce and business in a digital environment. Studies secured transactions, business associations, investor protection, consumer protection and government regulation in an increasingly global and interconnected business environment. Recommended for business executives and managers.