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Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1

Students will be able to utilize legal terminology competently and generally define the major legal systems and the functions of the law in American society.

Objectives

  • 1.1 Students will be able to utilize legal terminology competently;
  • 1.2 Students will be able to describe the American legal system including sources of American law, the judicial system, civil and criminal procedure, and substantive areas of law such as contracts, torts, constitutional law, employment, and other areas; and
  • 1.3 Students will be able to identify the functions of law in American society, how they relate to corresponding legal research material, the legislative process, and the judicial structure and system.

Outcome 2

Students will understand the ethical rules and concerns in the legal profession.

Objective

  • 2.1 Students will be able to interpret the attorneys' Code of Ethics, adopted by the State of Connecticut.

Outcome 3

Students will utilize legal research techniques including fact gathering and issue identification.

Objectives

  • 3.1 Students will be able to describe the analysis process in determining legal issues pertaining to the facts gathered;
  • 3.2 Students will be able to locate primary and secondary legal sources using manual and electronic methods; and
  • 3.3 Students will be able to recognize and compare various legal research materials and their applications in the preparation of legal memorandums of law, briefs, and forms in advocacy and non-advocacy writing styles.

Outcome 4

Draft a variety of office memorandum and legal documents, accurately prepare legal forms, and summarize legal documents.

Objectives

  • 4.1 Students will be able to apply the different applications of legal writing including interoffice memos, briefs, and forms;
  • 4.2 Students will be able to describe and draft the documents necessary to form or change a corporation, to create a sole proprietorship, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations;
  • 4.3 Students will be able to describe and draft the documents necessary in a civil litigation suit, such as the preparation of initial client interview, informal factual investigation, pre-trial settlement, pleadings, methods of discovery, and motions;
  • 4.4 Students will be able to describe and draft the forms required in the preparation and filing of documents in the settlement of decedents' estates;
  • 4.5 Students will be able to prepare the documents essential to residential real estate law and practice, such as warranty deeds and property descriptions; and
  • 4.6 Students will be able to draft and complete the forms necessary in practice before an administrative agency.

Outcome 5

Students will be able to perform satisfactory entry level paralegal work in a law office, corporate counsel office, governmental agency, judicial setting, or other legal setting where paralegal skills are utilized.

Objectives

  • 5.1 Students will be able to demonstrate, within the context of a portfolio, the skillfully complete paralegal work;
  • 5.2 Students will be able to demonstrate a professional attitude toward work, learning, and responsibilities; be dependable in attendance, punctuality, and completion of tasks;
  • 5.3 Students will be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • 5.4 Students will be able to demonstrate legal knowledge;
  • 5.5 Students will be able to apply problem-solving and technical skills; and
  • 5.6 Students will be able to produce an adequate amount of work product, accurately and timely with acceptable quality.