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Paralegal (PAD)
Program Course Descriptions


GOV104 State and Local Government in America
Pre: Communications Proficiency
The study of the structure, process and policies of state and local government, with a focus on the Massachusetts political system. Emphasis is placed on the policies and problems of state and local government and their relationship to the federal government. Special attention is given to direct participation in the political process in addition to the study of public policies on issues such as spending and taxation, crime, education, housing, and welfare. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and social science electives.
or  SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Elective
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
PLG101 Introduction to Law and Paralegal Practice
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Introduction to the American legal system and the paralegal profession, including the functions of a paralegal, ethical principles, federal and state court structures, litigation, sources of law, legal research and reasoning, investigation and interviewing, law office management, employment strategies and career perspectives.
PLG102 Legal Research
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Introduction to legal research, methods and writing. Course will include the use of reporters, statutes, digests, citators, encyclopedias, legal periodicals and practice manuals. Emphasis placed on developing strategies for researching legal questions. Students will also learn the mechanics of writing case briefs and legal memoranda.
PLG104 Basic Criminal Law and Procedure
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A basic introduction for paralegals to criminal law and procedures which examines criminal case law and criminal statutes. In addition current constitutional criminal law issues are explored with an emphasis on developing analytical skills of the paralegal.
ACC101 Basic Accounting 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Introduction of the accounting process for the financial enterprise. Students will gain insight to the value of financial reports in business decision-making. Communicative, quantitative, critical thinking and ethical considerations will be emphasized. Topics include: the framework of accounting, the preparation and analysis of financial statements, transaction analysis for service and merchandising operations, inventories, accounting information systems, internal control, and accounting for cash. General ledger software and other appropriate computer applications may be included. Fulfills open and business electives (3 hours of lecture per week)
or  ACC104 Essentials of Accounting for Business
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
A one-semester introductory accounting course. Students will use journals, ledgers, and work sheets to summarize transactions and prepare financial statements. Includes maintenance and record keeping for checking accounts, petty cash funds, and payroll. The course will include computer software covering the accounting cycle. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
or  ACC108 Financial Accounting
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Introduction to accounting using financial statements and information as a means of making effective business decisions. Specific topics include GAAP, the accounting transactions, adjusting accounts, merchandise operations, inventories, cash, internal controls, receivables, current and long-term assets and liabilities. The analysis of formal financial statements will be integrated throughout the course. Computer applications, such as spreadsheets, may be included. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
PLG106 Legal Writing
Pre: CMP101, PLG101, and PLG102
An introduction to the fundamentals of legal writing including legal reasoning and analysis, the writing process, proper citation form, and a review of grammar, punctuation, and style. Emphasis will be placed on development of the drafting skills necessary for pleadings, briefs, memoranda, and correspondence. This course will continue to refine legal research techniques.
PLG202 Litigation
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Introduction to civil litigation. Includes the organization and jurisdiction of federal and state courts; preparation of pleadings, motions, interrogatories, depositions and trial notebooks; investigation, digesting documents, interviewing clients; trial and appellate procedures. The fundamental principles of the law of torts will also be presented since the course will focus on the trial and appeal of personal injury actions.
BUS102 Business Law
Pre: Communications proficiency
Introduction to business law with emphasis on the formation of a contract, defenses to avoid contractual liability, discharge of contracts, remedies for breach of contract, introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, sales, warranties, and consumer protection. Fulfills open and business electives.
LIT202-216 Advanced Literature Elective(s)
PLG-ELECTIVE Paralegal Degree Directed Elective
PLG108 Real Estate Law
PLG201 Estates and Trusts
Pre: PLG101, PLG102
Introduction to the law of wills and trusts. Includes the organization and function of the probate court, the laws of intestate succession, preparation and execution of wills, the most common forms of trusts, probate and administration of estates, tax considerations.
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
PLG203 Business Organizations
Pre: PLG101, PLG102
Study of the principles of law governing the formation and operation of sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships, business trusts and corporations. Includes the preparation of the documents necessary for the organization and maintenance of each business entity.
PLG204 Family Law
Pre: PLG101, PLG102
Introduces students to all areas of family law: divorce, separation, adoptions, guardianships, annulments, cohabitation, child custody, abuse and neglect. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for working with clients and drafting the necessary legal documents.
PLG206 Field Placement for Paralegals
Pre: PLG201, PLG104, BUS102, and PLG108
Co: PLG203, PLG204
Through professionally supervised work at law firms, government agencies, the courts, corporate offices or legal services, and faculty guided seminars, skills learned in the classroom will be applied to working situations. Each 3 credits of field placement involves 120 hours of on-site. legal work and 2 hours in weekly on-campus seminar. Instructor will conduct periodic site visits.
SPE102/104 Speech or Small Group Communication
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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