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(LEG) Legal Studies

LEG 129 - Role of the Paralegal (3 credits)
Study of the relationship among paralegals, attorneys, and clients particularly as it relates to law office economics, legal ethics, and confidentiality. Stages in a civil lawsuit and a criminal prosecution are examined; legal interviewing, investigation, and an orientation to legal research are stressed. 3 lecture hours
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LEG 130 - Civil Litigation I (3 credits)
Study of the law of torts designed to acquaint the paralegal with the various forms of tort actions encountered in the law office. 3 lecture hours
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LEG 132 - Civil Litigation II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a minimum C grade
Overview of the litigation process covering the pleadings of cases from initial complaint through ultimate judgment, with emphasis on tasks performed by paralegals. Addresses medical terminology and rules of evidence. 3 lecture hours
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LEG 133 - Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Study of basic skills often required in the general practice of law. Utilizing computer-assisted legal research, includes an introduction to several common kinds of legal writing with an emphasis on that which the paralegal encounters on a day-to-day basis in a law office. 3 lecture hours
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LEG 143 - Family Law (3 credits)
Survey of procedures and pleadings in domestic relations including the preparation of divorce complaints, answers, counterclaims, motions, disclosure statements, and property settlement agreements. Includes issues of custody, visitation rights, child support and maintenance, adoptions and name changes. [Spring offering] 3 lecture hours
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LEG 201 - Commercial Law (3 credits)
Prerequisite: BUS 107
Explores the basics of New Jersey collection practices and the major types of federal bankruptcy filings. 3 lecture hours
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LEG 206 - New Jersey Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)
Examines the mechanics of real estate transactions in New Jersey, including deed and mortgage preparation, closing statements, R.E.S.P.A. forms, plus title policies and searches. [Fall offering] 3 lecture hours
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LEG 208 - Wills and Probate (3 credits)
Survey of basic wills and basic probate practice, including interviewing for and preparation of a will, procedures involved in probate, New Jersey state inheritance tax, and federal estate tax. [Fall offering] 3 lecture hours
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LEG 212 - Field Experience -- Paralegal (3 credits)
Prerequisites: sophomore status and permission of instructor; eligibility generally limited to students in final semester prior to graduation
Students work in a New Jersey law office or other approved legal site, supervised by practicing attorneys and graded on ability to apply learning in practical situations. Includes seminar meeting one day per week. 1 lecture/210 work experience hours
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LEG 232 - Civil Litigation III (3 credits)
Prerequisite: LEG 132 with a minimum C grade
Advanced litigation course stressing the preparation of a wide range of pleadings involved in a civil lawsuit. One-third of class time involves extensive practical litigation exercises and applications in a lab setting. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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