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LAW 103 - Business Law I

Description: An overview of the Law and the American legal system and court structure; an extensive study of the basic principles of the law of contracts, sales, and security devices. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 104 - Business Law II

Prerequisites: LAW 103.

Description: The legal aspects of business including basic principles of real and personal property, bailments, wills and intestate succession. It will also cover business arrangements including partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies as well as commercial paper. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 105 - Introduction to Current Law

Description: The course explores the structure and function of our judicial system, focusing on basic areas of civil law including those dealing with employment, housing, marriage, contracts and banking. Legal transactions such as wills, mortgages and leases will be analyzed. The course prepares students for the myriad of real life situations they will encounter. For non-business majors only. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 106 - Sports and the Law

Description: Understanding the law in connection with the world of sports is important because the business of sports is a multibillion dollar industry that provides a variety of employment opportunities. Through the subject of sports, the course will cover topics in the law such agency, contracts, torts, crimes, discrimination towards women and persons with disabilities, international law, antitrust and labor law, intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 107 - Hotel Management Law

Description: SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Intermittently

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 201 - The Nature and Functions of Law

Description: (Honors and non-Honors section) A study of the origins and evolution of law in America. Our legal institutions and judicial systems will be examined. Contemporary legal issues will be explored. The student will learn to appreciate how law helps us to resolve our conflicts and address our problems through various legal techniques. This course will not focus on specific laws and rules, but rather on understanding the nature of law, how it affects us and what its limitations are. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-PLDI Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 203 - Environmental Law, Policy & Sustainability

Description: This course will explore the evolution of environmental law and policy focusing on the creation, implementation and interpretation of legislative enactments and administrative regulations. The impact of governmental policies on human needs and our natural resources will be examined. Students will gain familiriaty with current issues and case law dealing with environmental disruption, sustainabilbity and corporate social responsibility. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Intermittently

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 300 - Introduction to Law and the Legal System

Description: A study of the American legal system, including its historical development and judicial structure. The course will emphasize legal process, reasoning, and analysis. The student will also learn about the paralegal profession, including its ethical responsibilities. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 301 - Litigation

Prerequisites: LAW 305.

Description: A study of the lawsuit with an emphasis on pleadings. The student will study and will be required to prepare such documents as the summons, complaint, answer, interrogatories, motions, orders to show cause, and orders. Some of the other topics to be covered are pretrial settlements, releases, and enforcement of judgments. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 302 - Partnerships and Corporations

Prerequisites: LAW 305.

Description: An in-depth study of the law of partnerships, corporations, and limited liability entities. An analysis will be made of the creation of the partnership as well as its termination. New York State corporate requirements will be analyzed with a view of the creation and termination of the corporation. The student will be required to prepare the various partnership and corporation agreements and documents. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 303 - Estates and Administration

Prerequisites: LAW 305.

Description: The study of wills, intestacy, and administrative proceedings. The student will study basic aspects of estate planning, will preparation, probate, and administration. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 304 - Real Property

Prerequisites: LAW 305.

Description: A study of the various types of real property relationships and transactions. Such areas as contracts, deeds, mortgages, leases, and title searches will be reviewed. The student will be required to prepare the various real property documents, compute closing adjustments, and prepare closing statements. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 305 - Legal Research and Writing

Prerequisites: LAW 300

Corequisites: LAW 300.

Description: The course will serve two functions: first, to teach the paralegal to use a library effectively in conducting legal research; and second, to prepare a written memorandum dealing with the results of this research. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 306 - Practicum

Prerequisites: All LAW courses in Paralegal Program. Permission of instructor required.

Description: Supervised practical experience in a law firm or law-related institution. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 307 - Torts and Personal Injury Law

Prerequisites: LAW 301 and LAW 305.

Description: An in-depth study of the Law of torts with emphasis on negligence. This course will familiarize students with the negligence litigation process and the practical aspects of assisting attorneys in the personal injury field. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 308 - Family Law

Prerequisites: LAW 305.

Description: A study of the marriage relationship, legal problems with children, dissolution of marriage, custody, legitimacy, adoption, change of name, guardianship, support, court procedures and separation agreements. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 309 - Law Office Management

Prerequisites: LAW 300

Corequisites: LAW 300.

Description: Introduction to basic concepts of Law office management for the Paralegal, including an examination of Law office structure, management principles, and legal ethics. In addition, the course will include an introduction to computer utilization in litigation support, legal research and case management. Students must be familiar with word processing or enroll in ABT 109 prior to taking this course. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 310 - Bankruptcy/Debtor and Creditor Law

Prerequisites: LAW 305.

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of bankruptcy Law, including the Paralegal's role in the preparation and filing of necessary documents for Chapters 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy cases. In addition, the student will be instructed in the use of current computer software in bankruptcy practice. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 311 - Legal Writing and Analysis

Prerequisites: LAW 300 and LAW 305.

Description: This course will emphasize the development of legal writing skills for the paralegal. The student will draft letters, briefs, memoranda, and other documents used in legal practice. The students will learn the mechanics of legal writing, stressing clear and concise expression, citation, and terminology. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 312 - Elder Law

Prerequisites: LAW 300 and LAW 305.

Description: LAW 312, Elder Law, will provide the student with knowledge of the basic concepts of elder law, including the paralegal's role in the preparation and filing of necessary legal documents such as power of attorney forms, health care proxies, living wills, advance directives and last wills and testaments. It will also focus on such topics as guardianships, health care decision making, Medicaid, long-term care housing options, various tax issues, social security and elder abuse. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 315 - The United States Judicial System

Prerequisites: Students must have completed all remedial courses, have a minimun GPA of 2.5 and completion of 15 college credits. Prospective students must be interviewed and recommended by the instructor. Special expenses for students may include airfare or other forms of transportation to and from select destinations, lodging, transfers and special meals for approximately two weeks.

Description: br> This domestic study course will examine the role, challenges and inner workings of the United States Court System. Students will have an opportunity to view trials and oral arguments in state and federal courts throughout the country and will visit legislative bodies and offices of court administration. Students will develop an understanding of court procedures, protocols and various aspects of civil and criminal law and will be able to compare, contrast and differentiate trial and appellate courts on the state and federal level. Discussions with court personnel, judges and government officials are planned. This course may be offered during the winter and summer sessions only. SUNY GEN ED-n/a; NCC GEN ED-n/a Offered: Intermittently

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies

LAW 316 - The U.S. and International Legal Systems

Description: The travel/study course explores the roots of the American Legal System from its origins in English common law to its current role in international law. The workings of the English Courts of law, the European Parliament and the International Court of Justice will be studied. The course involves travel to some or all of the locations of the European legal system including the United Kingdom, Brussels, Belgium (home of the European Union) and the Hague in the Netherlands (site of the International Court of Justice), and Strasbourg, France depending on the Courts availability. Expenses include airfare, lodging, meals and transportation between locations. Offered: Spring (Second Half Session)

Credit Hours: 3
Department: Legal Studies