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LGL 110: Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant (3 cr.) — Introduces various areas of law in which a legal assistant may be employed. Includes study of the court system (Virginia and federal) as well as a brief overview of criminal law, torts, domestic relations, evidence, ethics, the role of the legal assistant, and other areas of interest. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 117: Family Law (3 cr.) — Studies elements of a valid marriage, grounds for divorce and annulment, separation, defenses, custody, support, adoptions, and applicable tax consequences. Includes property settlement, pre-nuptial and ante-nuptial agreements, pleadings, and rules of procedure. May include specific federal and Virginia consumer laws. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 125: Legal Research (3 cr.) — Provides an understanding of various components of a law library, and emphasizes research skills through the use of digests, encyclopedias, reporter systems, codes, Sheppard’s Citations, ALR and other research tools. May include overview of computer applications and writing projects. Lecture 3 hours per week

LGL 126: Legal Writing (3 cr.) — Studies proper preparation of various legal documents, including legal memoranda, letters, and pleadings. Involves practical applications. May include case and appellate briefs. Prerequisite: Completed ENG 111 or BUS 236 or permission of instructor. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 200: Ethics for the Legal Assistant (1 cr.) — Examines general principles of ethical conduct applicable to legal assistants. Includes the application of rules of ethics to the practicing legal assistant. Lecture 1 hour per week.

LGL 210: Virginia and Federal Procedure (3 cr.) — Examines the rules of procedure in Virginia and federal court systems, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Practice and Procedure in the District Court, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Virginia. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 216: Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice (3 cr.) — Examines the trial process, including the preparation of a trial notebook, pretrial motions, and orders. May include preparation of interrogatories, depositions, and other discovery tools used in assembling evidence in preparation for the trial or an administrative hearing. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 217: Trial Practice and the Law of Evidence (3 cr.) — Introduces civil and criminal evidence, including kinds, degrees and admissibility of evidence. Studies methods and techniques of evidence acquisition. Emphasizes Virginia and federal rules of evidence. Focuses on the elements and various problems associated with the trial of a civil or criminal case. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 230: Legal Transactions (3 cr.) — Presents an in-depth study of general contract law, including formation, breach, enforcement, and remedies. May include an overview of UCC sales, commercial paper, and collections. Lecture 3 hours per week.

LGL 235: Legal Aspects of Business Organizations (3 cr.) — Studies fundamental principles of agency law and the formation of business organizations. Includes sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporation, limited liability companies, and other business entities. Reviews preparation of the documents necessary for the organization and operation of businesses. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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