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Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.
Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.
If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc
The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.
Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
LGLA-1307-001 Introduction to Law and the Legal Professions
Prerequisite: RDNG 0331-minimum grade C or a score on a state-approved test indicating college-level reading skills
This course provides an overview of the law and the legal professions. Topics include legal concepts, systems and terminology; ethical obligations and regulations; professional trends and issues with particular emphasis on the paralegal.
Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website
Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:
Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:
You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.
(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
On Campus Course
Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, 7th Edition; Miller/Meinzinger
THREE RING BINDER
After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the Paralegal Studies program:
2. Although students should arrive on time and stay for the entire class period, special circumstances arise. If you arrive late or leave early, please do so as quietly as possible.
3. Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be permitted.
4. Please keep cell phones and pagers turned off during class. If an exception to this policy is necessary, please talk to the instructor before class.
5. Students are responsible for the material in the reading assignments for tests, regardless of whether or not it is specifically discussed in lecture.
In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .
If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".
Use of Electronic Devices
Turn off your cell phone or put it on silent/vibrate ring during class meeting times. Remove and turn off any blue tooth device. No text-messaging will be allowed during class. Put away your iPods, MP3’s, any other device with recorded music, and the earphones to listen to the music. You will be asked to leave class if you are in violation of this request. You will be counted absent and you will not receive credit for that day’s attendance.
Plagiarism, Cheating and Individual Work Ethic
Amarillo College policies and Student Code of Conduct is strictly adhered to when dealing with plagiarism, cheating and duplication of work product. Any evidence of plagiarism, cheating or duplication of work product will result in a zero on the project or test in question.
PROJECT AND TESTING POLICY
Specific dates when projects are due and exams held are provided on the next page. These dates are adhered to unless changes are announced in class.
Late Assignment Turn in Policy: No late work will be accepted.
If you are assigned a group project and you do not participate in the project development or the group presentation, you will receive a grade “0” for the project
If any changes are made, they will be announced in class and through AC online, so it is important you check AC Online regularly for updates. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the test or you will not be allowed to make up the test. If you contact me, we will make arrangements for a make-up exam.
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.
TUTORING POLICY: IF A STUDENT MAKES A GRADE BELOW 70 ON ANY ASSIGNMENT OR EXAM, THAT STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 1 HOUR IN THE APPROPRIATE TUTORING CENTER OR APPROVED TUTORING RESOURCE WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF RECEIVING THAT GRADE.
The final grade will be calculated as follows:
C is the minimum grade required for all Legal Studies majors
The final grade will be awarded as follows:
You are expected to be prepared for and promptly attend all scheduled class meetings.If you attend class, you will get a 100 for that evening; if you do not, you will get a 0. Should you miss a class, it is your responsibility to determine what you have missed and to take appropriate measures. I highly recommend that you get notes from someone in class for any class you must miss. It is your responsibility to initiate a drop or withdrawal through the Registrar's Office.If you stop attending class, but fail to officially withdraw from the course, you will receive a final grade of F.
If Amarillo college classes are cancelled because of inclement weather, an official announcement will be made through all local television stations and KGNC radio. The message will also be posted on the college website (www.actx.edu) and the college’s main telephone number. The decision to close evening classes will be made by 3:00 p.m. If no announcement is made by that time, class will be held as normally scheduled.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact Accessibility Services (L101, Phone 371-5436) as soon as possible.
Discussion / LAB
JANUARY 18 AND JANUARY 24
Introductions / Syllabus
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
Discuss Paralegal Ethics and UPL
Introduction of Pro Doc
Portfolio Assignment Discussion
GROUP MOVIE ASSIGNMENT DISCUSSION
Syllabus Quiz Due; January 24 by 11:45 p.m.
Read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
Discuss Chapter 1: Today’s Professional Paralegal
Discuss Chapter 2: Career Opportunities
Read Chapter 3
Chapter 3: Inner Workings of Law Office
Quiz over Paralegal Ethics and UPL
Read Chapter 4
Chapter 4: Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
Document Drafting: Case Brief
QUIZ CHAPTER 1-3
Read Chapter 5
Read Chapter 6
Read Chapter 17
Discuss Chapter 5: Sources of Law
Discuss Chapter 6: The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Chapter 17: Family Law and Estates
Read Chapter 7
Chapter 7: Legal Research and Analysis
GROUP MOVIE PRESENTATIONS
Read Chapter 8
Quiz Chapter 4-6, 17
Read Chapter 16
Chapter 7: Legal Analysis and Chapter 8: Online Legal Research
Chapter 16: Real Property and Insurance Law
CONTINUE ONLINE RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT
COURT OBSERVATION ASSIGNMENT
Read Chapter 9
Chapter 9: Legal Writing Form and Substance
Read Chapter 10
Read Chapter 18
Case Brief Due
Chapter 10: Civil Litigation: Before the Trial
Chapter 18: Business Organizations and Employment Law
Quiz Chapter 7-9, 16
Read Chapter 11
Read Chapter 12
Chapter 11: Conducting Interviews and Investigations
Chapter 12: Trial Procedures
Court Observation Presentations
Read Chapter 13
Chapter 13: Criminal Law and Procedures
Client Interview Assignment
Quiz: Chapter 10-12, 18
Read Chapter 14
Read Chapter 15
Chapter 14: Tort Law, Product Liability and Consumer Law
Chapter 15: Contracts and Intellectual Property Law
Chapter 19: Bankruptcy and Environmental Law
PRO SE CLINIC
Quiz Chapter 13-15, 19
The dates in this Calendar are tentative and are subject to change.
SPRING 2022- Important Dates
First Day of Classes
Last Day to Withdraw
BE SURE TO SEE YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE YOU DROP OR WITHDRAW.
THERE MAY BE OPTIONS OF WHICH YOU ARE NOT AWARE.
01/16/22 11:48 AM
01/17/22 12:47 PM