Course Descriptions

Legal Studies


LES 200
Legal Ethics
3 credits

This course is a comprehensive survey of professional responsibility issues for paralegals, legal assistants, and those in related industries. The main focus will include the study of the American Bar Association’s Model Code and Model Rules of Professional Responsibility and various professional paralegal associations’ codes of ethics.

Prerequisite(s): LES 120


LES 205
State and Local Government
3 credits

This course surveys the complexity of the fifty state governments and numerous local governments in the United States. The issue of authority in the three forms of government found throughout the United States - unitary, confederate, and federal - is examined.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


LES 220
Introduction to Legal Studies
3 credits


LES 303
History of American Jurisprudence
3 credits

This course examines the American jurisprudence system from the founding of the government of the United States of America to the system of laws that exists today. The main focus of the course is on laws and the courts and the tremendous impact of the rule of law that has developed during the last century.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


LES 304
Constitutional Law
3 credits

This course examines the United States Constitution and its broad framework. Specific topics of review include the powers of each branch of government, judicial review of Congressional enactments, separation of powers, the relationship between the federal government and the states, the limitations of the federal government’s interference with private transactions, and the concept of state action which underpins all the limitations on the governmental power of the Constitution. The course also explores individual rights under each of the amendments.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 314
Legal Research
3 credits

This course provides an in-depth look at legal and non-legal research. Emphasis is placed on providing students with hands-on training in the use of both primary and secondary legal sources, including: reported court decisions, constitutions, statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, treaties, legal encyclopedias, and legal periodicals. Various legal and non-legal finding tools such as digests, citators, annotated statutes, legal dictionaries, and form-books are also discussed. Students will also receive training in computer-assisted legal research.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102 and LES 120


LES 316
Legal Writing
3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to case analysis and the fundamentals of legal writing. Students learn how to analyze legal opinions for use as legal precedent. Students also learn how to distinguish various legal opinions and draft persuasive arguments. Emphasis is placed on the identification of key facts, issues, holdings, and reasoning in a legal opinion. An understanding of the basic Bluebook citation format will be taught, as well as how to prepare client correspondence, legal briefs, and memorandums of law.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102 and LES 314


LES 317
Contracts
3 credits

This course provides students with both the theory of contracts and the skills that paralegals need to use them. Instruction presents interesting and significant court cases for discussion, emphasizing a practical approach to understanding contracts. Topics include all major areas of contracts, including offer, acceptance, consideration, statute of frauds, third-party beneficiaries, performance, breach of contract, and damages. Corequisite: LES 316


LES 320
Law Office Technology
3 credits

This course examines the legal marketplace and introduces its members and their respective roles within the legal environment. Students learn about the integration of technology into the delivery of legal services. Topics include: legal fees, timekeeping, billing, case management software, docketing and calendaring software.

Prerequisite(s): BCS 205


LES 330
Cyberlaw
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the legal doctrines and principles that apply to the operation and development of computer technology and the Internet. Topics include: issues related to jurisdiction, constitutional issues of free speech, property rights, e-business, and cutting-edge legislation like the Anticybersquatting Act.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 and ENG 102


LES 331
Electronic Discovery
3 credits

This course looks at the structure and scope of system and records regulation in various industries, the process of discovery within the legal system and its likely impact on a systems administrator. Topics include: technologies for handling electronic discovery, computer forensics, identifying media types, and best practices for data collection.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 and ENG 102


LES 350
Interviewing & Investigating
3 credits

This course provides hands-on instruction in various methods of obtaining information from a variety of public and private sources and instructs students in the skill of gathering information from individuals through active listening, record keeping, proper questioning, and other essential interview techniques.


LES 401
LSAT Preparation
2 credits

This course is designed to aid students in preparing for the LSAT examination by introducing them to the form and content of the exam. Students will develop a personal study plan and complete several self-diagnostic tests. Each type of LSAT question will be discussed in-depth. This is a junior or senior level course. Please note that this course may leave a student one credit short for degree completion unless they have extra credits from transfer or a 4 credit science course. Students considering this course should check with an Academic Advisor.


LES 402
Business Organizations
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the formation of legal entities. Main topics include the legal procedures essential to the creation and structuring of various entities, including sole proprietorship, corporations, trusts, and limited liability corporations. Students will also receive instruction in the preparation of documents necessary to the legal organization and the operation of each type of entity.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 403
Civil Procedure
3 credits

This course examines the theory and practical aspects of basic civil litigation, including preliminary investigation, pleadings, motions, discovery, trials, and appeals. Emphasis will be placed on the requirements and restrictions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which apply throughout the United States. Corequisite: LES 316


LES 404
Criminal Law
3 credits

The course features an overview of the principles and philosophy of criminal law, focusing primarily on court rules and case precedents. Specific topics include: administration of criminal justice, components of a crime, search and seizure, confessions and Miranda, and pretrial through sentencing and punishment.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 405
Delaware Practice
3 credits

This course discusses various areas of substantive law as they are applied in Delaware. The jurisdiction of each court and their respective rules will also be covered: Justice of the Peace, Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, Chancery Court, and Delaware Supreme Court. Students may be required to attend one or more court proceedings.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 406
Family Law
3 credits

This course introduces the students to the procedural and substantive law affecting the family and domestic relations. The law affecting prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, annulments, spousal support, alimony, spousal abuse, custody, child support, and adoption is discussed. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of relevant legal documents and procedures for various court filings.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 408
Employment Law
3 credits

This course examines the concepts and laws governing employment and collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors. It includes a thorough discussion of bargaining units, election procedures, unfair labor practices, and good faith bargaining. Additionally, it will acquaint the student with the philosophy and practice of labor arbitration. Topics include federal wage regulation, labor law, workplace discrimination, the impact of employment practices, the ADA, privacy laws, sexual harassment, human resource management, and employee handbooks.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 409
Bankruptcy
3 credits

This course introduces the relevant rules and procedures involved in the presentation of a petition for bankruptcy of an individual or a company, from consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 petitions to an overview of the complexities of Chapter 11 business bankruptcies.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 410
Real Estate, Transfer, and Ownership Law
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the modern real estate property transaction, covering the drafting of basic documents involved in transfer of land such as deeds, mortgages, sales agreements and options, and a review of federal and state regulation of land transfer. Emphasis is placed on ownership rights, survey and land descriptions, encumbrances, easements and licenses, financing, title examinations, real estate closings and leases.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 411
Estates, Trusts, and Probates
3 credits

This course discusses the law of testamentary disposition; the common instruments used in testamentary dispositions; and the formalities for validity, construction, and interpretation of wills, trusts, and other post-death transfer devices. Emphasis will be placed on the probate process, estate administration, and federal and state tax concerns.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 416
Environmental Law
3 credits

This course surveys the major federal statues related to environmental quality and analyzes various approaches to regulation. Primary focuses are on the interaction of law and policy; and the roles of Congress, the regulatory agencies, and the courts in defining and implementing environmental mandates. In addition, toxic torts and environmental litigation will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 417
Intellectual Property
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the classes of intellectual property, including U.S. patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, with an emphasis on the process for securing intellectual property rights, ownership issues, and licensing of intellectual property, i.e., technology transfer.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 420
Personal Injury and Malpractice
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of civil wrongs. Students will learn the elements of negligence as applied in personal injury and malpractice actions. Also discussed will be intentional torts, strict liability, and affirmative defenses.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 430
Evidence
3 credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a working understanding of the federal and state Rules of Evidence. Students will gain an understanding of the function of rules of evidence, objections to be anticipated, and the preparation of a civil case for trial without the exclusion of evidence based on application of those rules

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 440
Advanced Litigation Skills
3 credits

This course builds on prior coursework in civil practice, tort, legal writing, and law office technology. Students enrolled in this course will apply their knowledge in litigation practice and develop new skills in settlement negotiations, trial strategy, preparation of exhibits, and document management. Other topics covered will include alternative dispute resolution, motion practice, and post-trial appeals

Prerequisite(s): LES 120, LES 314, LES 316, LES 403.


LES 480
Law Office Administration & Technology
3 credits

This course is a survey of the common structure and staffing in law offices, including employment policies, accounting practices, hiring policies, discrimination in the workplace, professional development, and disaster preparation. In addition, students will be introduced to the specialized software used in case management, document control, timekeeping, accounting, and other elements of the well-managed law practice.


LES 490
Internship in Legal Studies
3 credits

This course consists of supervised, practical work experience in a law office, judicial office, nonprofit agency, or another entity which employs legal paraprofessionals.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316 and LES 403


LES 499
Senior Seminar in Legal Studies
3 credits

This course will introduce advanced critical thinking in the legal context. Topics include contemporary legal debates surrounding individual rights, terrorism, physician assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, and may vary from one semester to the next. With faculty guidance, students will select a research topic which demonstrates the knowledge and skills expected upon completion of the major. Satisfactory completion of this project includes a written paper, demonstrates a solid understanding of the major as well as the confidence and skills to work with existing and emerging aspects of the professional field, requires independent research, effective problem solving, and effective communication.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Legal Studies core courses and senior status