2014-2015 College Catalog 
    
    Apr 20, 2018  
2014-2015 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


General Information

Learning support prerequisites: Enrollment in most college-level courses requires qualifying test scores or completion of learning support coursework. To determine eligibility for college-level courses, students who have tested into learning support courses should check the advising chart on the following Web page: www.pstcc.edu/advising/resources/dsp/.

Tennessee Board of Regents designations: Courses denoted with the ♦ symbol are General Education courses transferable within the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Every TBR institution incorporates a common 41-hour General Education core into its degree requirements and accepts all courses designated with the ♦ symbol as meeting these requirements. A complete matrix of courses that satisfy General Education requirements at all TBR institutions is available on the TBR Web page, www.tbr.edu/offices/academicaffairs.aspx?id=7879&terms=general education.

University of Tennessee designations: Courses denoted with the ★ symbol are Pellissippi State courses that receive direct course equivalency at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Courses

 

Paralegal Studies

  
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    LAW 1000 - Introduction to Law & Ethics

    Credit(s): 3
    Introduction to the work performed by legal assistants, regulation of the profession, legal and paralegal ethics and professional responsibility. Organization of legal institutions, introduction to legal procedure, survey of substantive law areas of practice.

    Corequisite(s): ENGL 1010 

  
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    LAW 1020 - Law in Society

    Credit(s): 3
    Law as a process through which social problems are addressed in the United States. Introduction to the Constitution, and to its interpretation by the Supreme Court in case law. Exploration of factors affecting decisions of lawmakers, both legislative and administrative, and of law enforcement agencies. Introduction to the adversarial system.

  
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    LAW 1050 - Legal Writing & Analysis +

    Credit(s): 3
    An exploration of the details of objective legal writing designed to prepare students to articulate legal concepts and to draft documents in a manner reflecting legal analysis; overview of the elements of legal memoranda; introduction to reading and briefing legal opinion and persuasive writing.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 1060 - Legal Research +

    Credit(s): 3
    A study of necessary materials for legal research, codes, reporter systems, digests, practice manuals and Westlaw. Methods of legal citation are studied.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2030 - Property Law +

    Credit(s): 3
    A study of real estate transactions and conveyances, including deeds, contracts, leases, deeds of trust and zoning. Drafting and recording of real estate documents and search of public documents. An introduction to property law, personal property issues and bailment.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2040 - Estates & Trusts +

    Credit(s): 3
    A study of common forms of wills and trusts, analysis of administration of estates by probate courts and the assistant’s role in preparation of legal documents for planning and distribution of estates.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2100 - Torts +

    Credit(s): 3
    Survey of state and federal law treating civil injury or damage to persons or property; worker’s compensation; intentional torts; negligence; product liability; malpractice; and wrongful death. Emphasis on the legal assistant’s role in personal injury and worker’s compensation cases.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2110 - Family Law +

    Credit(s): 3
    A study of substantive and procedural law relating to divorce, custody, support and adoption and the assistant’s role in domestic cases.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2120 - Criminal Law & Procedure

    Credit(s): 3
    Survey of state and federal law of crimes and criminal procedure; the assistant’s role in criminal cases.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

  
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    LAW 2210 - Litigation Skills I +

    Credit(s): 3
    Introduction to civil litigation procedures and practices in federal and state courts; focus on practical law office skills, interviewing techniques and investigation strategies; evidence; emphasis on the paralegal’s role in civil litigation.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1050  and LAW 1060 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2220 - Litigation Skills II +

    Credit(s): 3
    A project-oriented course designed to require students to draft pleadings and legal documents, including discovery devices, in conformity with state and federal rules of procedure as well as local, state and federal court rules.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 2210 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2310 - Technology in the Law Office

    Credit(s): 3
    This course is designed to introduce the student to computer hardware and software applications commonly used in the law office.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

  
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    LAW 2320 - Law & Medicine

    Credit(s): 3
    This course is designed to introduce the student to laws regulating the health care industry and medical research with an emphasis on the paralegal’s role in obtaining and organizing medical records.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

  
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    LAW 2600 - Special Topics in Paralegal Studies +

    Credit(s): 3
    Study and discussion of a selected topic in law. Content will vary. May be repeated, maximum 9 credit hours with program advisor’s consent.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000 

    + Law specialty course
  
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    LAW 2620 - Legal Clinic

    Credit(s): 3
    Supervised practical experience in a legal clinic environment with classroom instruction to support the clinical experience.

    Prerequisite(s): LAW 1000  and minimum 3.0 GPA in LAW courses and department approval

    Corequisite(s): LAW 1060 

  
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    LAW 2800 - Legal Internship +

    Credit(s): 3
    Part-time supervised work experience in a law-related environment in which the student is assigned definite tasks and responsibilities. Individual conferences and seminars are arranged instead of class attendance.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of 15 hours of LAW courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA in LAW courses and second-year status and department approval

    + Law specialty course