Course descriptions

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381. Introduction to Paralegalism. 3 hrs. An introduction to the profession, including history and development, ethics, the American legal system, and paralegal skills

382. Civil Litigation. 3 hrs. An introduction to civil litigation — the process of resolving disputes between individuals, businesses and government through the court system, with emphasis on procedure

383. Legal Research. 3 hrs. A summary of primary and secondary legal sources including reporters, digests, codes, citations, Westlaw, the Internet and other basic research materials

384. Legal Drafting. 3 hrs. An introduction to writing correspondence, pleadings, discovery, legal memoranda, briefs and other documents used in civil practice

385. Law Office Computing and Management. 3 hrs. A skills course which introduces computer applications in the law office, including Westlaw, Windows, word processing, automated litigation support and specific law office management applications such as timekeeping, billing and docket control systems

386. Equity Practice. 3 hrs. A study of the courts of equity and their jurisdiction in the American legal system, with emphasis on domestic relations, wills, and estates

387. Title Searching and Loan Document Preparation. 3 hrs. An introduction to the procedure of title searching and the preparation of loan closing documents

388. Commercial Skills for Paralegals. 3 hrs. An introduction to transactional law and related topics, including bankruptcy, debtor-creditor law, intellectual property and formation of business entities

389. Internship in Paralegal Studies. 3-9 hrs. Prerequisites: PLS 381, 382, 383, and 384, a GPA of 2.5, and permission of the director; the course is open only to paralegal majors

401. The American Legal Tradition. 3 hrs. A survey of the history and evolution of the American legal system, with an emphasis on the role of law in government and the development of the legal profession

420. Property Law. 3 hrs. A survey of classical and modern approaches to real property, personal property, and the nature of interests held in property

421. Intellectual Property Law. 3 hrs. A survey of the body of American law protecting human innovations, including the law of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets

430. Jurisprudence. 3 hrs. A survey of basic theoretical foundations of American law, including the common law/case law system, federalism, and major theories of jurisprudence

431. Topics in Comparative Law. 3 hrs. A survey of comparative law paying special attention to the reasons for and methodology of comparative law as well as comparing and contrasting civil and common law traditions

490. Advanced Paralegalism. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Senior Standing. A writing-intensive course to provide paralegal majors with a comprehensive review prior to entering the working environment or sitting for the Certified Legal Assistant examination; open only to paralegal majors and to paralegal graduates preparing to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant Examination

492. Special Problems in Paralegal Studies. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of the director. Provides the opportunity to pursue a special topic or area of interest. May be repeated for a total of three hours (Students undertaking a Senior Honors project will enroll in PLS H492.)



The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)