LEAS eMajor Courses

Opposite each course title are three numbers such as 3-2-4. The first number indicates the number of regular classroom hours for the course each week; the second number indicates the number of laboratory hours per week; and the third number indicates the hours of credit awarded for the successful completion of the course. Listed in parentheses at the end of each course description is the term(s) that the course is normally offered. F=Fall, S=Spring, and M=Summer.

The college reserves the right to cancel or delete any course with insufficient enrollment.


LEAS 1100. Intro to Paralegalism. 3-0-3 Units.

An introduction to the field of paralegalism. The course will include the role of paralegal in the legal system, the regulation and ethics of practice and the skills necessary for successful practice.

LEAS 3200. Legal Research I. 3-0-3 Units.

A study of legal research methods utilizing state and federal sources. Students will develop professional skills as they read and analyze appellate court opinions, legislation and pleadings.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 3201. Legal Research II. 3-0-3 Units.

A continuation of Legal Research I (LEAS 3200). This course will emphasize computer assisted legal research skills as well as the preparation of legal documents.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100, LEAS 3200.

LEAS 3210. Pre-Trial Prep/Procedure. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of pre-trial procedures and tactics in civil and criminal cases. The course will include methods of investigation, interviewing clients, preparation of clients and witnesses for testifying, competency of evidence, preparation of interrogatories, other discovery methods, and pleadings.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 3220. Business Entities. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of corporate, partnership, and agency law. This course will examine the applicable law as well as the formation and dissolution of various types of business entities.

LEAS 3230. Crim Law/Proc Paralegal. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of procedural and substantive criminal law. The application, interpretation, and enforcement of criminal law will be addressed. The role of the paralegal in the criminal justice system will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 3250. Law Office Mgmt. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of the business aspects of the practice of law. Topics include appropriate business structure, office systems, marketing and development issues, staffing and personnel issues, liability insurance, managing time, technology, and billing. Ethics and professionalism in dealing with clients and the general public will also be addressed.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 4200. Family Law. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of the applicable law surrounding family relationships. The issues of adoption, marriage, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, and property division will be addressed.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 4210. Consumer Law. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of the laws that govern consumer practices. The law surrounding commercial paper, contracts, sales, and secured transactions will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 4220. Administrative Law. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of laws governing administrative agencies of government. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the paralegal in dealing with various administrative agencies.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 4240. Elder Law. 3-0-3 Units.

The study of the legal problems associated with the elderly and issues of aging. Topics of discussion will include social, psychological, legal, and financial aspects of planning for the elderly. Issues will include Medicare and Medicaid benefits, nursing home institutionalization, Social Security, and probate and estate planning.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 4800. Legal Asst Stds Capstone. 3-0-3 Units.

An integration of concepts and tools from previous curriculum in the degree program. The course also provides students with the tools to evaluate critically and discuss ethics of the legal profession.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100, LEAS 3200.

LEAS 4802. Special Topics in LEAS. 3-0-3 Units.

Selected topics of interest in Legal Assistant Studies.
Prerequisites: LEAS 1100.

LEAS 4900. Intern in LEAS. 0-0-3 Units.

Supervised, practical experience in an appropriate legal setting. Permission of advisor, instructor, and department head must be obtained prior to registration.
Prerequisites: Legal Assistant Studies major, LEAS 1100, LEAS 3200.