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Paralegal (PLEGL)
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The Paralegal degree prepares graduates to become paralegals and legal assistants. Paralegals and legal assistants assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, preparing legal documents, conducting research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

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Semester 1
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SP2015
DAP 1201
Business Computer Systems
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A study of computer concepts, including the information processing cycle, file organization, data communications and operating systems and systems software. Applications software, including spreadsheets, database, word processing, presentation software, computer communications, operating systems, and Internet access and use with E-Commerce emphasis. Emphasis on computer hardware and software concepts. PREREQUISITE: Recommended one semester of typing.

ENG 1111
Composition I
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Composition I is an introductory course in composition and rhetoric emphasizing expository prose. Major focus is on organization, paragraph structure, and elimination of mechanical errors. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used for humanities credit)

LGL 1201
Intro to Legal Systems
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This course is an introduction to the U. S. and state legal and judicial systems and some of the more common areas of law practiced by paralegals in this area. Students will learn the core information needed to understand the workings of the law and law practices. Successful completers will be prepared for further study in the Paralegal program.

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BUS 2101
Business Law I
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Introduction to the legal system as it affects business activity. Areas of concentration include formation and nature of contracts, the agency relationships, and the Uniform Commercial Code Law of Sales and Commercial Paper.

LGL 1202
Legal Forms and Terminology
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This course is an introduction to the purpose and use of legal forms and drafting formats. Students will learn legal terminology and be able to create basic legal documents and define terminology used in the law office. Students will demonstrate necessary skills to use forms and terminology in a support or user position. PREREQUISITE: ENG 1111 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor.

PSY 1101
General Psychology I
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A survey of the study of human and animal behavior with emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary psychological investigation. Topics may include the biology of behavior, sensation, motivation, emotion, life-span development of behavior, personality, abnormal behavior and its therapies, social behavior, and individual differences. NO PREREQUISITE.

Term Total
15
Semester 2
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FA2014
SP2015
BMG 1202
Business Math
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Topics covered include: bank records, sales invoices, percentages, cash and trade discounts, markups and markdowns, interest, loans, finance charges, taxes, payroll, and commissions. PREREQUISITE: REM 0420 Basic Math with a C or better or scoring at beginning Algebra level on placement exam or consent of instructor.

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MTH 1103
Liberal Arts Math
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This course is designed to fulfill general education requirements. This course focuses on mathematical reasoning and problem-solving strategies with real-life applications. Four topics, chosen from the following list, will be studied in depth: Counting techniques and probability, game theory, geometry, graph theory, linear programming, logic/set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, statistics. The use of calculators and other technology is strongly encouraged. PREREQUISITE: PRE 0420 Intermediate Algebra and PRE 0415 Elementary Geometry with a grade of C or better, or REM 0422 Math Literacy, or two years of college preparatory algebra and one year geometry with a grade of C or better, or sufficient score on the placement test, or consent of instructor.

ENG 1121
Composition & Analysis
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ENG 1121 provides further training and practice in the comprehension and expression of written English. It focuses on organization, logic, and correct research techniques and format, including American Psychological Association and/or Modern Language Association parenthetical noting and bibliographic citations. It also includes an introduction to one genre of literature and the writing of a critical analysis of a piece of literature. The writing course sequence will (1) develop awareness of the writing process; (2) provide inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stress the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasize critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. PREREQUISITE: ENG 1111 Composition I. Grade of C or better is required for IAI transfer credit. (Not to be used as humanities credit)

JUS 1210
Criminal Law I
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This course introduces law as it applies to crime against persons, property, and the state with emphasis on laws of arrest. Special emphasis will also be placed on the elements of crimes and criminal law and procedures as applied in the Illinois Criminal Law Statutes and federal agency jurisdiction.

LGL 2204
Business Law for Paralegal
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A study of the law in relation to businesses and business ownership. The course will encompass a study of sales and the UCC, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency, employment, business organizations, including corporations, and anti-trust law. PREREQUISITE: BUS 2101 Business Law I or consent of instructor.

PHI 2101
Introduction to Ethics
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A study of the principal ethical theories and concepts of human conduct and character, as well as a critical evaluation of these theories and concepts as they apply to particular moral problems and decisions. Transfer students will continue to take PHI 2101 as an IAI GECC articulated three credit hour course.

SPE 1101
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking
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Short informative and persuasive speeches are prepared and presented. This course places emphasis on selection and organization of materials, methods of securing interest and attention, and elements of delivery as well as characteristics of effective criticism and listening.

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SPE 1111
Interpersonal Communications
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This is an introductory course in interpersonal and intrapersonal communication. Verbal and nonverbal communication are emphasized as they relate to conversation between individuals, small group discussions, short speeches, and oral reports.

Term Total
19
Semester 3
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SP2015
ACC 1101
Applied Accounting
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This is a preliminary course in theory and practice of business accounting (for service and merchandise businesses). Major topics covered are accounting procedures, special journals, payroll accounting, accrued basis, and periodic summary.

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ACC 2101
Financial Accounting
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This course presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements, primarily for users external to a business or other enterprise. Students study the forms of business organization and the common transactions entered into by businesses. The emphasis is on understanding and applying basic accounting principles and other concepts that guide the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a business. How to analyze and interpret historical financial statements and the limitations of using these in making forward-looking business decisions is included. The primary concept emphasis will be accounting for current assets and liabilities, long-term assets and liabilities, stockholder equity, corporations' cash flow statements, and financial statement analyses. PREREQUISITE: Two years of high school bookkeeping and accounting, and/or ACC 1102 Fundamentals of Accounting, or consent of instructor.

LGL 1203
Legal Research and Writing I
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Students will learn the basic techniques and skills necessary to conduct legal research, determine what makes cases relevant to a particular set of facts, and begin to learn to summarize the results of that research in written form.

LGL 1204
Technology in the Law Office
3
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This course is an introduction to application software used specifically in law offices. Students will learn and use pleading, litigation support, case management, and timekeeping software. Students will learn computer concepts and rules of the legal community and be able to use the computer in factual and legal research as well as communicating with others in a support or user position. PREREQUISITE: LGL 1201 Intro to Legal Systems or equivalent and DAP 1201 Business Computer Systems or equivalent or consent of instructor.

LGL 2201
Civil Procedures
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This course will create an understanding of civil litigation from the initial client meeting through post-judgment proceedings. Students will develop knowledge of the procedural rules of litigation and hands-on training drafting litigation documents.

ELEC
Sociology Elective marked
3
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Term Total
17
Semester 4
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GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

LGL 2203
Legal Research & Writing II
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A continuation of Legal Research and Writing I, students will continue to develop their legal research skills with added emphasis on more detailed summaries of that research and proper legal form. PREREQUISITE: C or higher in LGL 1203 Legal Research and Writing I.

LGL 2205
Property and Estates
3
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This course will develop the skills and understanding necessary to assist attorneys in the development of trusts, estates, and probate documents. Students will also get an introduction to real and personal property law.

LGL 2210
Seminar
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The student trainee receives vocational counseling as well as individual and group assistance. Seminar I is a related instructional class with legal internship. Areas of law office professionalism are stressed with emphasis placed on each individual's employment needs. Must be taken in sequence. PREREQUISITE: Completion of the first-year's program requirements or consent of instructor.

LGL 2298
Internship
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Students work a minimum of 10 hours a week in a law office or other legal environment. The coordinator and the training supervisor work together in establishing goals and work experience for the student. PREREQUISITE: Completion of the first-year's program requirements or consent of instructor.

ELEC
Business or Computer Elective marked
3
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ELEC
Philosophy Elective marked
3
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Term Total
19
Program Total
70


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