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LGLA-1345-001 Civil Litigation
Prerequisite: LGLA 1307 and BCIS 1305 or Department Chair consent
This course presents fundamental concepts and procedures of civil litigation with emphasis on the paralegal's role. Topics include pretrial, trial and post trial phases of litigation.
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
On Campus Course
O’Conner’s Texas Rules – Civil Trials 2021 (or latest edition)
Author: Michol O’Conner
LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the Paralegal Studies program:
AAfPE CORE COMPETENCIES FOR PARALEGAL PROGRAMS: IA1-9, IB1-4, ID1-6, IE2, IF1-4, IG1-2, IH1-4, IIA1-5, IIB2, IIC2, IIC4
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Plagiarism is considered serious academic misconduct. “Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. All assignments presented in this class must be the work of the student submitting the assignment. No form of scholastic dishonesty will be tolerated. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.
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Tests 1 and 2 25%
Other Assignments and Class Participation 25%
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ASSIGNMENT AND TESTING POLICY: Specific dates for assignment due dates and tests are provided. These dates are adhered to unless changes are announced in class. If an assignment is turned in after the due date, but within one week, you will be eligible for maximum grade of 50. If it is turned in after one week, you will not receive credit for the project. If you are not going to be present on the evening of a major test, you are required to contact me by e-mail at email@example.com prior to the test or you will not be allowed to make up the test. If the time and date on the email is after the start of class, this is not considered prior notice! If you contact me, you will be allowed to make up the test but it must be taken before the next class meeting.
Finally, you are responsible for material in your reading assignments for tests regardless of whether or not it is specifically discussed in lecture. From time to time, supplemental readings and assignments may be made during class, and you are responsible for such readings and assignments even if you are absent.
NOTEBOOK: You will have multiple assignments, as well as other materials, to be included in your notebook. The assignments will be handed out or discussed on the night indicated in the class schedule. Unless otherwise instructed you will turn in the completed assignment at the next class meeting for review and comment. I will not accept late papers for comment unless you have discussed your situation with me and obtained approval. Failure to turn in an assigment for comment will result in a deduction from your notebook grade. Your completed notebook will be due on the class preceding your final exam. If you will not be in class on that date, bring it to the paralegal studies office and leave it for my attention. The notebook will be worth 25% of your grade.
Employees in the business world are expected to be at work each day; therefore, students in paralegal studies classes are expected to be in class promptly and regularly.
CIVIL LITIGATION - LGLA 1345
COURSE SCHEDULE - FALL 2021
Class Date Class Discussion/Activities Text Assignment
August 23 Introduction/Syllabus
August 30 Trial Process - Overview
September 6 NO CLASS - LABOR DAY
September 13 Chapter 2A - 2E
Types of Litigation/Parties
Initiating a Lawsuit Chapters 1 & 2
Assignment - Original Petition
September 20 Chapters 2F - 2I
Jurisdiction, Venue, and Service Chapter 2
September 27 Defensive Pleadings
Affirmative Defenses Chapter 3
Review for Test 1
October 4 Test 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)
Defensive Pleadings, cont. Chapter 3
October 11 Alternate Dispute Resolution Chapter 4
Review for Test 2
October 18 NO CLASS - FALL BREAK
October 25 Test 2 (Chapters 3-4)
Chapter 5 (A,B,D,E,F)
November 1 Chapter 6 (A-D) Chapter 6
Assignment - Discovery Requests
November 8 Chapter 6 (E-K) Chapter 6
November 15 Pre-Trial Disposition Chapter 7
Discovery Assignment Due
November 22 Trial Procedure Chapter 8
November 29 Evidence TRE Art. 4,5,6,8,9,10
December 6 Judgment and Post Judgment Motions Chapter 9
December 14 Final Exam
NOTE: This is a tentative outline of the course schedule. Your instructor reserves the right to change the schedule as needed to meet the objectives of the course. Papers and tests become the property of the instructor upon submission and may be retained by the instructor. After grading, you may pick up your Notebook from the paralegal studies office.
BE SURE TO SEE YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE YOU CHANGE TO NON-CREDIT, DROP, OR WITHDRAW. THERE MAY BE OPTIONS OF WHICH YOU ARE NOT AWARE.
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