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Curriculum

All of the following 14 courses must be completed in order to graduate from the program. They are offered in day or evening format for accessibility to the students’ lifestyle.

1. Introduction to Paralegalism

This introductory course provides students with a broad overview of the paralegal profession, which includes discussion of procedures, systems and regulatory issues affecting the profession.

2. Introduction to Law

In this course, students will gain a broad overview of the legal system, become familiar with basic legal terminology and develop basic research skills.

3. Real Estate and Mortgages

This course is an introduction to real estate law and practice. Topics include property rights, types of land ownership, estates, easements, real estate finance, conveyance, title issues, insurance, agreements for sale, settlement, procedures, matters of recording and post-closing, and leasing issues involving residential and commercial properties.

The course is designed to introduce the student to the role of the paralegal in a real estate law practice, to outline the laws governing real estate matters and to convey techniques for drafting relevant real estate-related documents.

4. Computers in the Law Office

The overall goal of this course is to give the paralegal student an idea of the basic aspects of the ever-evolving computerized law office and its impact on the legal process. The class approaches this subject with hands-on technology while introducing and familiarizing the paralegal student with the technology already shaping the future of law. This course emphasizes the paralegal’s technological roles, activities and responsibilities in the administration of a law office and in legal proceedings.

5. Estates, Trusts and Wills

This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of the paralegal in estate planning practice and the laws governing the disposition of property during life and after death. The student will be instructed in the drafting of wills, trusts, probate documents and estate forms. Intestacy, estate administration and fiduciary accounting will also be covered.

6. Business Organization Law

This course is designed to introduce students to the law of business organizations and covers  the characteristics, formation, operation, dissolution, advantages and disadvantages of various business entities with an emphasis on Oklahoma entity law.

7. Torts

Upon completion of the course the student will be familiar with the basic legal theories of negligence, strict liability, vicarious liability, intentional torts and workers’ compensation.

8. Contracts

This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of the paralegal in a contracts law practice, as well as the laws governing contracts. The student will be taught to draft contracts and related documents.

The course will survey the law of contracts including the elements of contract formation, enforceability and remedies for breach of contract.

9. Legal Ethics

This course helps students understand the rules of professional conduct with emphasis on the areas that most directly and frequently affect paralegals. These include: competence, confidentiality, privilege, conflicts of interest, fee-related matters, client funds and special rules regarding advocacy, solicitation and advertising. Students are given a framework for ethical decision making and for solving ethical dilemmas that arise in the workplace. Also addressed are issues relating to professionalism and the evolving role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services.

This course provides the student with a detailed description of attorneys’ rules of ethics and how those rules apply to the professionalism and evolving role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services.

10. Advanced Legal Research and Writing

This course emphasizes the development of legal writing style and the efficient use of research skills. Students will complete numerous legal writing assignments and a comprehensive legal memorandum.

11. Litigation

This course teaches the principles of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Subjects covered include the causes of action and defenses and the applicable rules of procedure, discovery and evidence. Ethical considerations of litigation will be emphasized throughout the course. Pretrial practice (including discovery), pretrial motions and trial preparations will be covered, as well as the basics of civil trial, post-trial motions and appeals. The above principles will be applied to practical exercises and class discussion.

This course will provide the student with a complete overview of all aspects of state and federal court litigation from the initial client interview and filing of a case all the way through trial with emphasis on the practical aspects of litigation.

12. Family Law

This course will examine the role of the legal assistant in a private practice law firm dealing with family law matters including: divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division and attorney fees.

13. Debtor and Creditor Law

This course examines the role of the legal assistant in a private practice law office representing debtors and creditors in state collection proceedings and in bankruptcy proceedings.

14. Introduction to Criminal Law

Introduction to Criminal Law is a practical introduction to criminal law and procedure for the paralegal. The course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the criminal justice system at every stage of proceedings from arrest through trial and appeal.