Associate in Applied Science
The Legal Assistant curriculum is designed to prepare a person for entry-level employment as a Legal Assistant in courts, corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Legal Assistant is a two year program of study that requires courses in the career technical core, designated areas of concentration, and the academic core. The Associate in Applied Science degree is earned upon successful completion of the Legal Assistant program.
Transfer to some senior institutions is available. The prescribed courses outlined in the catalog of the senior institution in which the student plans to transfer should be correlated with the course of study outlined for the first two years at the junior college level. Students seeking to transfer should always consult the catalog of the senior institution for details concerning specific courses and the transfer process. Students seeking to transfer are urged to work closely with their Legal Assistant Advisor in order to assure enrollment in the correct
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LET 1123 – Introduction to Law
This course provides an overview of major principles and functions of the state and federal legal systems, introduces various legal fields for professional opportunities, presents legal vocabulary, gives an overview of different areas of law, and presents ethics. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 1213 – Legal Research
This course is an introduction to basic sources of law and the methods of legal research, including ethics. Three semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and two hours lab.
LET 1513 – Family Law
This course is a study of the areas of law pertaining to domestic relations, emphasizing ethics. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 1523 – Wills and Estates
This course is an introduction to the laws of inheritance and estates, basic concepts of estates and wills, probate procedures, and preparation of documents while emphasizing ethics. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 1713 – Legal Writing
This course includes composition of legal communications, briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents with an emphasis of ethical considerations. Three semester credit hours: Two hour lecture and two hours lab.
LET 2313 – Civil Litigation I
This course presents the litigation process. Emphasis is on the structure of the Mississippi Court system and on gathering information and evidence, summarizing and arranging materials, maintaining docket and file control, developing a litigation case, and interviewing clients and witnesses, using ethical standards. Three semester
credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 2323 – Torts
This course provides instruction in the area of law which deals with civil wrongs and injuries including intentional wrongs, negligence, and strict liability. It concentrates on the elements of a tort, type of tort, damages, ethics, and remedies. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 2333 – Civil Litigation II
Prerequisite: LET 2313.This course is designed to continue the study of the litigation
process from discovery through appeal. Emphasis is placed on collecting and organizing discovery materials, and demonstrating knowledge of the limits placed on discovery by the federal and state rules of civil procedure. This course also includes the trial and appeal phases of litigation, with emphasis on trial preparation and appellate procedure. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 2383 – Criminal Law and Procedure
This course provides an overview of criminal law and procedures involved
in the criminal process. The course focuses on the Mississippi Court system, legal terminology involved in criminal practice, and on gathering information and evidence, using ethical standards. Three semester credit hours: Three hours
LET 2453 – Real Property I
This course is an introduction to real property law including ownership, transfer of property, liens, and encumbrances, and the various types of deeds. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 2463 – Real Property II
Prerequisite: LET 2453. This course examines legal documents related to real property as recorded in the chancery clerk’s office, the tax assessor’s office, and the circuit clerk’s office. It includes compiling a title abstract and completing an assignment to prepare a real estate file from transaction through closing and post-closing implementing ethics. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
LET 2653 – Law Office Management
This course provides practical application of daily legal office skills needed in the
legal field, professional enrichment presentations, history of the profession, professional ethics through fact analysis, and an overview of law office management. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.
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