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					                      Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certification
                                         At
                              Saint Francis University

                   Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions


Requirements to be Admitted to the Program

Saint Francis University is selective in its admission of students into the post-baccalaureate
paralegal certificate program. Applicants must possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree from
an accredited institution at the time of entry into the program. Applicants must have graduated
with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

To apply for admission, please send the following items to the School of Arts & Letters:

   1. Completed application form
   2. Official undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) transcripts
   3. Sample of undergraduate/graduate written work or completed essay prompt included in
      application.
   4. Resume
   5. Two letters of recommendation.

Degree Requirements

To earn a paralegal certificate, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 8 courses
accounting for 24 credits. All students must successfully complete the Core curriculum
composed of 5 courses accounting for 15 credits. Students must then successfully complete at
least 3 elective courses accounting for 9 credits. Students must maintain a minimum grade point
average of 3.0.

Length of Program

The post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate program offers evening classes during the regular
Fall and Spring semesters. A full time student can complete the program in one academic year.




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Core Courses: All courses are 3 credits. Offered Fall Semester.

PRL 501 Basic Legal Principles , PRL 502 Professional Responsibility/Ethics, PRL 503 Legal
Research, PRL 504 Legal Writing, and PRL 505 Litigation (spring).

Elective Specialty Courses: All courses are 3 credits. Offered Spring Semester.

PRL 600 Real Estate Law, PRL 601 Torts, PRL 602 Family Law, PRL 603 Criminal Law, PRL
604 Wills, Estates & Trusts, PRL 605 Law Office Procedures and Computer Technology for
Paralegals, PRL 606 Contracts/ Sales, PRL 607 Bankruptcy Law, PRL 608 Business
Organizations, and PRL 609 Cyber Law.



Course Descriptions:

                                           Core Courses



PRL 501 Basic Legal Principles (3 credits)

This course will give students a basic understand of various legal subjects and how to distinguish
between relevant and irrelevant facts. In addition, the student will determine and learn to
recognize which circumstances and set of facts involve torts, contracts, criminal law, real estate,
estates and trusts and family law issues. The student will also learn the proper use of legal
terminology through reading and practice. The course will also give the student a brief overview
of the paralegal profession, the job requirements, and career opportunities.



PRL 502 Professional Responsibility/Ethics (3 credits)

Students will review and have an understanding of the American Bar Associations (“ABA”)
Model Guidelines for the use of paralegal services. This course will focus primarily on legal
ethical challenges from the paralegal perspective. They will be presented with challenges that
relate to conflicts of interest, client confidentiality and other ethical dilemmas. The students will
be presented with hypothetical situations where they must apply the rules to the facts and
determine a conclusion




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PRL 503 Legal Research (3 credits)

In this course students will learn various methods of legal research by using online tools and
library resources. They will learn the difference between primary and secondary law. Students
will then learn how to use the five primary resources of law: the Constitution, Case Law,
Statutory Law, Regulatory Law and Executive Orders. Students will learn correct citation
format and how to shepardize a case to determine if the case has been overturned. Furthermore,
students will learn the hierarchy of both the Federal and State Court system and the appeals
process. They will be given hypothetical fact patterns where they will have to find cases and
statutes that may pertain to the issues presented in the facts.



PRL 504 Legal Writing (3 credits)

In this course students will learn the distinction between a factual and legal issue. They will
learn how to incorporate the factual issues with the legal issues to formulate an argument,
incorporate the rule of law regarding that issue, and analyze the facts of the case and determine a
conclusion. In addition, students will learn how to read case law to determine whether the case
is relevant to the issues presented. Furthermore, students will learn how to prepare legal
correspondence, legal case briefs and other written legal documents.



PRL 505 Litigation (3 credits)

Students will learn the basics regarding civil discovery. Students will learn how to prepare and
assist an attorney with trial. Students will learn discovery procedures such as conducting the
initial client interview, initiating an investigation, filing a complaint, preparing interrogatories,
and request for production of documents, depositions and medical examinations. They will learn
the importance and roles experts and witnesses play during the discovery process. In addition,
they will learn the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and certain State Civil procedure rules,
including but not limited certain privileges regarding common law and statutory privileges
against disclosure, marital privilege, the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine.
Students will have the opportunity to review the discovery rules, analyze case law and apply
discovery procedures. Students will be taken through a hypothetical trial where they will learn
practical skills used prior to and during trial.




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                                   Elective Specialty Courses



PRL 600 Real Estate Law (3 credits)

This course will cover concepts regarding the law of real property. The Student will learn the
different types of estates and ownerships, and encumbrances. The student will learn how to
create leaseholds and how to transfer title. The student will also learn how to prepare landlord
tenant agreements and land sale agreements. The student will also learn about the documents
and the process involved in real estate closings. The student will learn how to conduct a title
search and examination, and how to record and register property instruments. In addition, the
student will get a brief overview on municipality law.

PRL 601 Torts (3 credits)

This course prepares students to perform paralegal support functions in personal injury and other
tort litigation. Students learn underlying social policies, elements and defenses for actions in
negligence, intentional tort and strict liability cases. They also learn how to analyze potential
liability in a wide number of factual situations.



PRL 602 Family Law (3 credits)

This course examines substantive and procedural family law. The course explores the paralegal's
role in preparing antenuptual agreements, separation and custody agreements. Students will also
learn how to draft documents relating to divorce, annulment, marital property settlement, and
custody proceedings. In addition, students will learn the process of enforcing the agreements and
decrees listed above.

PRL 603 Criminal Law (3 credits)

This course reviews the fundamentals of criminal litigation enhanced with practical skills needed
to work in this field. Students investigate criminal law, including categories, elements and
defenses of crimes, procedural criminal law, the criminal legal process and constitutional
considerations.

PRL 604 Wills, Estates & Trusts (3 credits)

Students will learn law relating to several types of ownership of property, testate and intestate
succession, and estate distribution. Students will learn the formal requirements for making a
will, and issues involving its interpretation. In addition, students will learn about Will
Substitutes and primarily how to take an estate through the probate process. Students will also
learn about trusts, their formation, execution and management.

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PRL 605 Law office Procedures and Computer Technology for Paralegals (3 credits)

The student will learn how to research federal and state statutes, and case law using Westlaw and
other computer programs. This course familiarizes students with practical inner workings of a
law office. Topics include office organization, legal terminology, fees and billing procedures,
scheduling and calendaring, preparation and maintenance of case files, preparation of law office
forms, and an introduction to a variety of legal-specific software applications.

PRL 606 Contracts/Sales (3 credits)

This course pertains to the law of contracts, including but not limited to, contract formation,
resolution, execution and termination, breach, defenses and the Uniform Commercial Code.
Students will learn how to draft simple contacts using online resources and the library.

PRL 607 Bankruptcy Law (3 credits)

This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge of bankruptcy litigation.

PRL 608 Business Organizations (3 credits)

The student will learn law of corporations, their formation and dissolution of sole
proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, limited liability corporations and companies.
More specifically, the student will learn the different rights, responsibilities and relationships
associated with each entity; how to prepare and maintain the corporate documents, bylaws and
minutes with the state of incorporation and how to notify board members and other members of
their voting capacity.

PRL 609 Cyber Law (3 credits)

This course provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of cyber law.

PRL 613 Legal Internship (3 credits) Elective for paralegal certificate students with at
least 15 credits)

Students should complete all legal courses prior to conducting a legal internship. The legal
internship can be completed during summer, on a full or part time basis, with or without pay or
throughout the semester. The paralegal internship will give students practical experience in a
legal environment. Students, under the supervision of attorneys, or paralegal manager will
perform hands-on applications in a law office environment. Students should be expected to
perform advanced duties, such as preparing exhibits and evidence, working with clients to obtain
information, filling out necessary forms, assisting in preparation for pretrial conferences and case
settlements, researching primary and secondary law, assisting in drafting contacts and


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agreements, and creating internal and external legal memoranda. Students will then be expected
to submit a weekly log describing the duties they performed during the week.

PRL 616 Legal Internship (6 credits)

Students should complete all legal courses prior to conducting a legal internship. The legal
internship can be completed during summer, on a full or part time basis, with or without pay or
throughout the semester. The paralegal internship will give students practical experience in a
legal environment. Students, under the supervision of attorneys, or paralegal manager will
perform hands-on applications in a law office environment. Students should be expected to
perform advanced duties, such as preparing exhibits and evidence, working with clients to obtain
information, filling out necessary forms, assisting in preparation for pretrial conferences and case
settlements, researching primary and secondary law, assisting in drafting contacts and
agreements, and creating internal and external legal memoranda. Students will then be expected
to submit a weekly log describing the duties they performed during the week.



            Student Tuition and Fees for Paralegal Certificate Program, 2012/13

Application Fee                                                        $ 30
Tuition                                                                 8500
Law Library Research Fee                                                 500
Certificate Fee                                                          150
TOTAL PER STUDENT                                                              $9,180

Application fees are waived for Saint Francis University graduates.




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