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Effective Fall 2014. Previous descriptions may have had different requirements. Have questions? See an advisor.
PAR101 Introduction to Paralegal Careers Credit Hours: 3.00
Role, responsibilities and ethical standards of the paralegal. Includes paralegal employment and regulation, ethical rules of the legal profession, law office administration and systems, communication, introduction to legal research and legal analysis, state and federal judicial systems, and overview of litigation and specialty areas of law.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR102 Civil Litigation Procedures I Credit Hours: 3.00
Principles and procedures for commencement of civil litigation. Includes rules of civil procedure, subject matter jurisdiction, venue, statutes of limitations, parties, pleading format, preparation of complaint and answer, counterclaims, crossclaims, and third party practice. Also includes the causes of action, remedies, and potential defenses in contract and tort law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 or concurrent enrollment, WRT 101 or concurrent enrollment, and REA 112 or a reading assessment score of 95 or higher on the college reading assessment.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR103 Legal Research Credit Hours: 3.00
Principles and techniques of legal research. Includes categories of research materials, citing legal material, finding and using secondary authority, finding tools. Shepards Citators, case law, constitutions, statutes and administrative law, analyzing research problems, and preparing research reports.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 and WRT 102.
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Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field, or if pursuing a post-degree certificate; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR104 Paralegal Ethics Credit Hours: 3.00
Rules and principles of professional responsibility in the legal field. Includes sources of the rules of legal ethics, ethical guidelines and attorney supervision of paralegals, unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, advertising and solicitation, attorney's fees and fiduciary duties, competence, malpractice, ethical conduct issues in litigation, and professional integrity issues.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 103 or concurrent enrollment.
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Information: Prerequisite may be waived if employed in a legal-related field, or if pursuing a post-degree certificate; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR106 Civil and Criminal Evidence Credit Hours: 3.00
Paralegal's role in the analysis and application of the rules of evidence. Includes relevancy and its limits, privileges, use, impeachment, and exclusion of witness, opinion and expert testimony, hearsay, authentication, and contents of writings, recordings, and photographs.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 103 or concurrent enrollment.
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Information: Prerequisite may be waived if employed in a legal-related field, or if pursuing a post-degree certificate; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR202 Civil Litigation Procedures II Credit Hours: 3.00
Continuation of PAR 102. Includes discovery/disclosure procedures in Federal Court and in Arizona Superior Court, file organization and document control, pre-trial motions, gathering and organizing evidence, preparation of witnesses, alternative dispute resolutions, trial, post-trial and appellate procedures.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 102.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR203 Tort Law Procedures Credit Hours: 3.00
Concepts and procedures used in tort law cases. Includes tort litigation procedures and tort case law in the areas of negligence, professional negligence, strict liability, product liability, liability issues, and insurance coverage. Also includes interviewing and investigation techniques for the paralegal in tort cases.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 and 102.
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Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall.
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PAR204 Wills, Trusts, and Estates Credit Hours: 3.00
Concepts and procedures of wills, trusts and estate planning for paralegals. Includes Arizona statutes and rules, probate and non-probate property, testate or intestate succession, will drafting and execution, will-related documents and advance directives, trusts, estate administration and related legal actions.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101.
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Information: Prerequisite(s) may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall.
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PAR206 Criminal Law and Procedures I Credit Hours: 3.00
Criminal law and trial processes from arrest through pre-trial procedures. Includes rules of criminal procedure, initial criminal law process, pretrial investigation and discovery, criminal and constitutional law cases, criminal statutes, and pretrial motion practice.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101.
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Information: Prerequisite may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall.
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PAR207 Criminal Law and Procedures II Credit Hours: 3.00
Continuation of PAR 206. Includes rules of criminal procedure, trial rights of defendants, trial procedure, case preparation for trial, direct and cross examination, evidentiary objections, and motions for the close of evidence.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 106 or concurrent enrollment, and PAR 206.
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Offered: Spring.
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PAR208 Domestic Relations and Family Law Credit Hours: 3.00
Law and procedures related to family relationships and domestic matters. Includes basic principles of family law, marital contracts, legal issues in family law affecting children, initiating a divorce proceeding, contested proceedings, and assisting at a dissolution trial.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101.
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Information: Prerequisite may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Spring.
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PAR209 Bankruptcy Procedures Credit Hours: 3.00
Application of legal procedures in bankruptcy. Includes jurisdiction, cast of characters and their roles in bankruptcy, client interview, evaluation of options, advising client, and drafting Chapter 7 liquidation, Chapter 13 adjustment of debts of individuals, Chapter 12 adjustment of debts of family farmer, Chapter 11 reorganization, and the paralegals' role.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101.
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Information: Prerequisite may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall.
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PAR210A Administrative Law: Employment Credit Hours: 1.00
Concepts and procedures of employment law for paralegals. Includes an overview of employment law and regulations, and practical applications in employment law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 and 103.
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Information: PAR 210A, 210B, 210C, and 210D together constitute PAR 210.
Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
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PAR210B Administrative Law: Immigration Credit Hours: 1.00
Concepts and procedures of immigration law for paralegals. Includes an overview of immigration law and regulations, and practical applications in immigration law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 and 103.
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Information: PAR 210A, 210B, 210C and 210D together constitute PAR 210.
Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
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PAR210C Administrative Law: Social Security Credit Hours: 1.00
Concepts and procedures of social security law for paralegals. Includes an overview of social security law and regulations, and practical applications in social security law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101and 103.
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Information: PAR 210A, 210B, 210C, and 210D together constitute PAR 210.
Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
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PAR210D Administrative Law: Environmental Credit Hours: 1.00
Concepts and procedures of environmental law. Includes an overview of environmental laws and regulations, and practical applications in environmental law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 and 103.
Course Corequisites:
Information: PAR 210A, 210B, 210C and 210D together constitute PAR 210.
Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
PAR210 Administrative Law Credit Hours: 4.00
Concepts and procedures of administrative law for paralegals. Includes an overview of laws and regulations in employment, immigration, social security, and environmental law. Also includes practical applications in employment, immigration, social security, and environmental law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101 and 103.
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Information: Prerequisite(s) may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
PAR211 Legal Writing Credit Hours: 3.00
Principles and techniques of legal writing. Includes writing style, editing and proofreading, legal analysis, legal brief types, and applications of legal writing for memoranda, litigation documents, and correspondence.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 103, 202 and WRT 102.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR212 Law Office Computerization Credit Hours: 3.00
Application of computer software in a legal field. Includes computer hardware and software, word processing applications, database management systems, spreadsheet software, law office management, automated litigation support, telecommunications, and specialized legal software for the preparation of legal documents and document organization.
Prerequisite(s): CSA 101 and PAR 101.
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Information: Prerequisites may be waived if employed in a legal-related field; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Spring.
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PAR213 Computer Assisted Legal Research Credit Hours: 3.00
Computer assisted research systems. Includes historical development, full-text system; Westlaw, search techniques, and display elements, databases, special services, and Internet searching.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 103.
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Information: Prerequisite may be waived with equivalent research experience; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR215 Corporate Law Procedures Credit Hours: 3.00
Procedures and document drafting for the formation of business entities. Includes introduction to agency law, non-corporate entities, business corporations, corporation changes, forms of corporations, financing a public or private corporation, changes in corporate structure, and the role of the paralegal in corporate law.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101.
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Information: Prerequisite(s) may be waived if employed in a legal-related field, or if pursuing a post-degree certificate; see a PAR advisor or course instructor.
Offered: Spring.
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PAR217 Real Estate Legal Procedures Credit Hours: 3.00
Legal procedures and requirements in real estate transactions and litigation. Includes real estate principles and legal concepts, recording and constructive notice, and real property taxes. Also includes an analysis of real estate contracts and purchase agreements, escrows and closings, deeds, co-ownership, legal descriptions, leases, encumbrances, liens, and foreclosures.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 101.
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Information: Employment in a legal-related field or an Arizona Real Estate license may be substituted for PAR 101. See a PAR Advisor or course instructor for prerequisite information.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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PAR290 Paralegal Internship Credit Hours: 4.00
Volunteer paralegal field experience at an approved work site. Includes communications, positive work attitudes, ethics, progress review, law office systems, professional development, employment strategies, and final evaluation within a classroom seminar setting.
Prerequisite(s): PAR 104, 202 and WRT 102.
Course Corequisites:
Information: Enrollment and placement contingent upon earned grade point average in PAR courses.
Information: Designed for students in their final semester of course work in the Paralegal Program.
Information: Six credit hours of PAR specialty electives from the following list must be taken - PAR 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 215, or 217. A minimum of 45 credit hours if completing the AAS Degree, or 27 credit hours in completing the certificate are required.
Information: Application and acceptance required.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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