The goal of the NSU Law BS Paralegal Studies program is to prepare students for entry-level paralegal positions in the common areas of law practice. Paralegals are nonlawyers, and therefore, are not authorized to practice law. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies are required to submit a paralegal portfolio at an exit interview with the program coordinator prior to degree conferral.
The objectives of the B.S. in Paralegal Studies program are to:
A successful Paralegal Studies graduate is expected to:
Paralegal Studies (LEGS) courses offered online require proctored exams at approved sites. See Paralegal Studies plan of study.
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.
LEGS 1150 - Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession (3 credits)
Topics will include the structure and decisional processes of the American legal system, sources of law, methods of dispute resolution, the roles of the attorney and the legal assistant, legal analysis, interviewing techniques and ethics for legal assistants. This course is not required for those students who have taken LGST 2500.
LEGS 2100 - Legal Research and Writing I (3 credits)
Students will study primary and secondary sources of law, obtain legal research and writing skills, learn how to use a law library, and obtain computer-assisted legal research training.
LEGS 2200 - Computer Applications for the Legal Profession (3 credits)
Theory and application of programs for computers that are used in the legal profession. Hands-on experience with microcomputers and specialized software utilized by the legal profession.
LEGS 3050 - Criminal Law and Procedure (3 credits)
This course covers the study of both substantive criminal law and criminal procedure for the paralegal student. Students will learn the elements of major crimes and defenses. Students also will examine the constitutional aspects of criminal procedure, including searches, seizures
LEGS 3260 - Real Estate Practice I (3 credits)
Topics will include interests in real property, contracts, deeds, mortgages and other encumbrances, mortgage foreclosures, title searches, title insurance, and leases. Students will prepare closing documents for a residential real estate transaction. Prerequisite: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500 or MGT 2150.
LEGS 3300 - Torts and Civil Litigation (3 credits)
This course covers tort law, including such topics as intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, products liability, defamation, and defense to torts. Students also will examine the civil litigation process, including evidence, the rules of civil procedure, discovery, jury selection, and pre-trial work. Students will prepare pleadings and pre-trial discovery. Prerequisite: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500.
LEGS 3360 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates I (3 credits)
Topics will include intestacy, wills, trusts, living wills, will substitutes, probate, estate administration, and estate and gift taxes. Students will prepare wills and estate administration documents. Prerequisites: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500.
LEGS 3400 - Business Relations and Organizations (3 credits)
Topics will include contracts (the essential elements, defenses to enforceability,
LEGS 3550 - Family Law (3 credits)
Topics will include prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, marriage, dissolution, equitable distribution, alimony, shared parental responsibility, child support, property settlement agreements, adoption, and paternity and juvenile law. Prerequisite: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500.
LEGS 4110 - Legal Research and Writing II (3 credits)
This course will commence with a review of all basic primary and secondary sources. Florida research tools and special topical reference materials will also be covered. Advanced training in computer-assisted legal research will be provided. Legal writing will be emphasized. There will be a variety of written work ranging from everyday correspondence to memoranda of law. Prerequisites: LEGS 2100 or LGST 4000.
LEGS 4270 - Real Estate Practice II (3 credits)
Topics will generally be chosen from among the following: title problems, mortgage foreclosures,
LEGS 4310 - Advanced Litigation (3 credits)
This course will commence with a review of all basic primary and secondary sources. Florida research tools and special topical reference materials will also be covered. The following topics under the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure will be covered: pleadings, service of process, parties, default, dismissals, discovery in all of its forms, the trial stage, judgments, and post-judgment relief. Students will work on civil cases in several areas of law, where they will apply many of the procedural rules that they have studied. Prerequisites: LEGS 3300.
LEGS 4370 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates II (3 credits)
Topics will generally be chosen from among the following: probate litigation, mechanisms to transfer property, will and trust drafting, homestead, and federal estate and gift tax system, the Florida estate tax, and preparation of federal estate and gift tax returns. Prerequisites: LEGS 3360.
LEGS 4410 - Corporate Regulation and Change (3 credits)
Topics will include the following: capitalization, debt and equity financing, federal and state securities regulation, mergers, asset
LEGS 4800 - Advanced Practicum in Paralegal Studies (3 credits)
This advanced practicum simulates a law office environment in which students work for senior and junior law partners in a generalized law practice. This experiential approach is designed to integrate and apply
Select 9 credits from the following courses, a maximum of 6 credits of which can be in Special Topics courses, and a maximum of 6 credits of which can be in Internship courses:
LEGS 4050 - Advanced Practices in Criminal Law (3 credits)
This course is designed to expand on the knowledge gained in the student's study of Criminal Law. It will review past landmark cases as well as current criminal cases faced by the courts and counsel. The course will evaluate the criminal cases from an historical and Constitutional background to include the rights and procedures when charging a person with a crime, procedural rights
LEGS 4060 - Debtor and Creditor Relations (3 credits)
Topics will include the following: the bankruptcy process and alternative remedies; secured parties under the Uniform Commercial Code; judgment liens; locating debtors' property; enforcement of judgments by way of garnishment, attachment, and replevin; and exempt property. Prerequisites: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500.
LEGS 4470 - Emerging Technologies and the Legal Profession (3 credits)
This course covers emerging technologies and their impact on the legal profession. Topics covered will include an overview of the Internet, conducting legal research on the Internet, electronic filing with government agencies and the courts, "non-legal" Web sites with legal-specific applications, using email in law practice, legal trends on the Internet, ethical issues pertaining to emerging technologies, and law as applied to computers and other technology. Prerequisites: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500.
LEGS 4560 - Elder Law (3 credits)
Topics will include the following: incapacity; types of guardians; guardianship practice and procedure; alternatives to
LEGS 4600 - Pleadings and the Courts (3 credits)
This advanced course focuses on the paralegal's role in discovery procedure and trial practice as it relates to civil and criminal actions through a transactional approach. The course will focus on state rules of civil and criminal procedures in the drafting of legal pleadings required for each area of the law. Students will be involved in preparing materials for a hypothetical trial. Prerequisites: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500; and LEGS 2100 or LGST 4000.
LEGS 4700 - Immigration Law (3 credits)
This course provides students with a foundation in the underlying policies and basics of immigration and nationality law. Topics include immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories, citizenship and nationality, removal proceedings, and asylee and refugee status. Emphasis is placed on applying legal principles to practical situations by working on hypothetical immigration client files, including preparation of forms to be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prerequisites: LEGS 1150 and LEGS 2100.
LEGS 4900 - Special Topics in Paralegal Studies (3 credits)
The subjects covered by this course will generally be chosen from among the following: administrative law; alternative dispute resolution; employment law; health law; immigration law; insurance law; international law; and patents, trademark, and copyright law. Prerequisites: LEGS 1150 or LGST 2500; and LEGS 2100 or LGST 4000.
LEGS 4950 - Internship in Paralegal Studies (3 credits)
A 20-hour per week work experience for 16 weeks in the student's major area of study at an internship site registered with the paralegal studies program as an approved site. Consult academic division for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 36 or more credit hours, and permission of paralegal coordinator. Students may take a maximum of two internships, which must be taken at different internship sites.