Richmond Home

Paralegal Studies Management Courses

Lists all Paralegal Studies (LA and LAW) courses. Specific offerings by term, including specific selected topics, can be view for spring, fall and summer terms.

Paralegal Studies Courses
LA 301U Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Semester hours: 3
Description
The role of the paralegal and how law offices are managed. Introduction to the judicial system, contract law, torts, criminal law, corporate law, real property, family law, estate planning, legal research, legal writing, litigation, and paralegal ethics.

LA 302U The Judicial System
Semester hours: 3
Description
Structure and meaning of courts and their jurisdiction, procedure, and appeal; history and introduction to judicial process.

LA 303U Legal Research
Semester hours: 3
Description
Law libraries and basic legal research methods; where and how to gather information.

LA 304U Legal Writing
Semester hours: 3
Description
Legal terminology and writing styles, case analysis, development of analytical skills, exercises in legal composition and drafting.
Prerequisites
LA 303U.

LA 306U Litigation
Semester hours: 3
Description
It is NOT like television! A reality check on what real litigation looks like, this course provides an introduction to the field of litigation. Covers organization of the generic law office, fact investigation, flow of litigation, court system, commencement and defense of a law suit, discovery, evidence, motions practice, trial and trial preparation. Also touches on settlement and post-trial practice.

LA 310U Real Estate
Semester hours: 3
Description
Land and its elements; law of fixtures; types of easements and how they are created; acquisition of title and other interest in real estate property by deed, will, inheritance and adverse possession; co-ownership and marital rights; the legal and practical matters of real estate contracts for residential, commercial and construction transactions; plats of survey and legal descriptions; form and substance of deeds; recording priorities; and title examination and title insurance.

LA 312U Family Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course will cover all areas of family law, including marriage, divorce, annulment, division of property, child custody and support, spousal support and adoption.

LA 313U Evidence
Semester hours: 3
Description
In-depth study of selected Rules of Evidence and overview of Code of Professional Responsibility (Ethics).
Prerequisites
LA 306U.

LA 314U Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights
Semester hours: 3
Description
Legal processes for enforcing creditors' rights including warrants-in-debt, motions for judgment, liens, levies, attachments and garnishments. Debtor exemptions such as homestead. Bankruptcy law including Chapter 7 (Liquidation), Chapter 11 (Business Reorganization), and Chapter 13 (Wage Earner Plans).

LA 315U Torts
Semester hours: 3
Description
Rooted in the blood feud, tort law remains one of the most active areas in the law. Provides an overview of tort law, the tort case, and the three broad areas of intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability (with a focus on the elements of negligence). Also explores products liability, defamation, misrepresentation, malpractice and nuisance.

LA 316U Contract Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Law of formation, legal construction, execution, and enforcement of and remedies under contracts.

LA 319U Paralegal Ethics
Semester hours: 3
Description
This course will provide the tools to understand the ethical requirements governing both attorneys and paralegals. Classes will use 'real world' experiences with studies and hypotheticals addressing, to name a few, the unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, law firm management, attorney advertising, and maintaining the integrity of the paralegal profession.

LA 320U Environmental Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Survey of issues involved in the field through examination of major cases that have shaped the implementation of major federal environmental statutes since their passage beginning in the 1960s. Topics covered include the common law basis for environmental protection, constitutional and statutory authority to protect the environment, standing to bring environmental cases, the rules of judicial review, and substantive issues involving major environmental statutes and their implementing regulations. The cases are predominantly federal, but Virginia cases are used where appropriate.

LA 321U Criminal Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Addresses substantive knowledge, practical skills and competencies and ethical guidelines needed to work in criminal law area.

LA 323U Elder Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Concerns legal issues associated with the elderly client. Emphasizes the various legal issues encountered in an elder law practice, including the legal documents and forms normally required to address the legal needs of the elderly client.

LA 325U Wills, Trusts and Estates
Semester hours: 3
Description
As Benjamin Franklin is quoted as having said, two things in life are certain... death and taxes. Recognizing the truth of that statement, this course will cover the following topics: the purpose and need for a Will; the classification and definitions of property; the meaning and ramifications of Testate and Intestate Estates; the legal requirements for a Will; the preparation and drafting of Wills; Advance Directives; Planning for non-traditional families; the elements and purposes of Trusts; specialized Trust and gifts; the Executor or Administrator; Estate administration; tax consideration in estate administration; Probate; and, Ethics associated with an Estate Planning legal practice. There will be numerous real life examples and Virginia practice resources provided throughout the study

LA 398U Selected Topics
Semester hours: 1-6

LA 399U Independent Study
Semester hours: 1-6

LAW 300U Business Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Principles of law relating to legal problems encountered in work environment, including contracts, business organizations, and secured transactions.

LAW 303U Constitutional Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Examination of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court and the major decisions of the Court rendered on issues including free speech, search and seizure and other police powers, war powers, property rights, civil rights, right to bear arms, separation of church and state, separation of powers among branches of the federal government, impeachment and other significant areas.

LAW 304U First Amendment Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
An overview and analysis of the laws protecting freedom of speech, religion, the press and privacy.

LAW 310U Great Trials in American History
Semester hours: 3
Description
This class investigates the great trials of the American judicial system in an effort to explore the emergence of the current justice system, including the development of trial record keeping, strategy and skills; the effect of the contemporary culture on the outcome of trial proceedings; and the divisive impact of some trials on the population of the United States. We will observe the impact of child testimony, media influence, jury bias, political influence and religious beliefs in the courtroom. The course will also consider the great orators in American law and their influence on trial outcomes and the development of the justice system.

LAW 315U Social Media Law and Ethics
Semester hours: 3
Description
Overview of federal and state laws, regulations and policies, and ethical considerations regarding individual, non-profit and private sector use (and abuse) of social media. Given the scope of the topic, the course will include topics concerning intellectual property, business, employment, privacy, constitutional and advertising law.

LAW 321U Land Use Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
A study of comprehensive plans and the planning process of land. Topics will include land use control by zoning, including history, power and purposes of zoning, types of zoning and uses. Types of zoning relief, historic and agricultural preservation, private land use controls and eminent domain will also be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on Virginia law and procedure and field trips to local Planning Commission and Board of Zoning hearings may be included.

LAW 322U Employment Law and Policy
Semester hours: 3
Description
Survey of federal and state statutes and laws that govern the employment relationship. Covers topics such as establishing the employment relationship, discharge of employees, employee discrimination, wages, hours, and benefits, conditions of employment, occupational safety and health, and other topics.

LAW 325U CyberLaw
Semester hours: 3
Description
Overview of federal and state laws, regulations and policies regarding operation and security of the Internet. Includes copyright, e-commerce and privacy issues.

LAW 326U Intellectual Property
Semester hours: 3
Description
Focus on building an understanding of trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets and ownership thereof.

LAW 330U Terrorism Law
Semester hours: 3
Description
Examines current state of national and international law on terrorism, including aviation and maritime law as applicable. Considers practical issues involved in enforcing laws on terrorism, and studies the interaction of law and policy in the context of protection of society from its enemies while preserving the essential fabric of law.

LAW 398U Selected Topics
Semester hours: 1-6

LAW 399U Independent Study
Semester hours: 1-6

Contact Us

Paralegal Studies Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
spcs@richmond.edu