CURRICULAR GUIDE

Legal Assistant
Associate in Business Degree

Curriculum Code: 0101  (Effective Fall 1999 - Summer 2004)

Legal assistants, also know as paralegals, assist lawyers by performing many
of the same tasks, except for those considered to be the practice of law.  To
help lawyers prepare cases for trial, they may investigate the facts; perform
legal research to identify relevant laws, legal articles, judicial decisions
and other documents/materials related to the case; and prepare written reports
after organizing and analyzing all the information.  Other duties may include
drafting briefs and pleadings, obtaining affidavits, assisting the lawyer
during trial, and organizing and maintaining document and correspondence
files.  Some legal assistants may help with completing forms, tax returns, and
drafting contracts.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific coursework in mathematics. 
For information on how to fulfill all general education requirements, see page

Contact the Business Careers Department, Old Central Building, Room 210,
telephone number (517) 483-1522.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 39 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
CABS 113    Microsoft Word Office/Int Key                                    4
LEGL 115    Legal Assistant Career/Ethics                                    3
LEGL 120    Legal Research I                                                 3
LEGL 121    Legal Writing I                                                  3
LEGL 160    Critical Thinking in Law                                         3
LEGL 210    Litigation Procedures                                            4
LEGL 211    Tort Law                                                         2
LEGL 215    Busn Law I, Basic Principles                                     3
LEGL 225    Legal Research and Writing II                                    3
LEGL 228    Computer Tech for Legal Assist                                   3
WRIT 121    Composition I                                                    4
WRIT 122    Composition II                                                   4

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                 TOTAL:  21 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                             9 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area (See Note 1)                                   0
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                      3
            Mathematics Competency (See page 22 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement)

CHOICE 2:   Business Law                                             3 Credits
LEGL 216    Busn Law II, Commercial Law                                      3
LEGL 217    Busn Law III, Busn Organiza                                      3
LEGL 220    Internat Legal Issues/Organiza                                   3

CHOICE 3:   General Law                                              9 Credits
CJUS 103    Criminal Law                                                     3
LEGL 218    Litigation Specialties                                           3
LEGL 221    Real Estate Transaction                                          3
LEGL 222    Probate Law and Procedure                                        3
LEGL 223    Domestic Relations                                               3
LEGL 224    Administrative Law                                               3
LEGL 226    Legal Interview/Investigation                                    3
LEGL 227    Bankruptcy and Collections                                       3
LEGL 280    Legal Assistant Internship                                       3
            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   60

1.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.
I                 II                III               IV
CABS 113          LEGL 120          LEGL 121          LEGL 225
LEGL 115          LEGL 211          LEGL 210          LEGL 228
LEGL 160          WRIT 122          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.3
LEGL 215          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.2          Lim.Ch.3
WRIT 121          Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.3