Studies the relationship between social values, culture and the law, with particular emphasis on current events. Examines the structure of the American court system, its processes, and the American constitutional framework and federalism, methods of alternative dispute resolution, and a survey of major areas in American law, including torts, business and contracts, intellectual property, family law and estate planning. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies.
Overviews court system, emphasizing the Utah State Courts, rules of procedure for civil, criminal and appellate court processes. Reviews all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation and strategic planning through post-judgment processes. Resolves questions of jurisdiction, venue, choice of law, litigation strategy, discovery, and other key processes.
Introduces the student to the legal system and legal sources including case law, statutory law, administrative regulations, and secondary sources. Provides basic instruction in print research in the law library and to electronic research using Westlaw and government resources. Emphasizes legal analysis and introduces students to legal writing. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies.
Focuses on generation and creation of work product required in a civil case under the Utah and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Emphasizes initial pleadings, civil discovery processes, and pre-trial motion practice.
Examines the legal and procedural aspects of crime, including the elements and categories of criminal acts and jurisdictional considerations. Studies the procedure of criminal prosecution according to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, from both a prosecution and defense perspective, including constitutional assurances, investigations, case preparation, motion processes, trials and appeals.
Reviews basic legal research in print resources and on Westlaw and government resources. Continues development of legal research and writing skills. Introduces student to writing office memoranda and select appellate documents with continued emphasis on legal analysis. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies.
Covers family issues and drafting of legal documents relating to domestic litigation. Explores case law related to the marriage contract, divorce, adoption, guardianships, paternity, illegitimacy, and prenuptial agreements. Emphasizes family law document production in domestic cases. Lab access fee of $30 for computers applies.
Provides actual, on-the-job work experience in a non-paying (volunteer) basis in a law office or other approved law-related situation. Emphasizes successful work experience, especially identifying and solving problems. Completers should be qualified to work in the Paralegal profession. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. May be graded credit/no credit.