Course Descriptions

3310. Law Office and Project Management and Computers: 3 hours

Introduces students to law office management, including administrative systems; the management of finances, facilities, and personnel; and general management skills. Also covers the use of personal computers in the law office, including extensive hands-on training in important software applications. Emphasis shall be on case/project scheduling, work identification and assignment, time and results estimating and reporting, user and management interaction, project management tools, project documentation, post-implementation follow-up, and other aspects associated specifically with the responsibilities of the paralegal and/or attorney in charge.

3311. Business Law I (BUA 3311): 3 hours

Designed to introduce the student to the legal environment in which business decisions are made.

3312. Business Law II (BUA 3312): 3 hours

Prerequisite: C or better in BUA 3311 or PLS 3311 A continuation of Business Law I. Topics will include the Uniform Commercial Code, bailments, real estate, probate, and bankruptcy.

3319. Criminal Law and Justice (CRJ 3319, POL 3319): 3 hours

Covers (1) substantive criminal law, including crimes against the person, crimes against property, crimes against the public, and defenses to criminal accusations; (2) the pre-trial, trial, and appellate processes in federal and Texas criminal cases; and (3) constitutional criminal procedure, including searches, seizures, arrests, and police interrogation.

3320. Legal Ethics (POL 3320): 3 hours

Prerequisite: sophomore standing This course focuses on dynamic legal ethics within the paralegal profession. Emphasis is placed on ethical duties and responsibilities toward clients, third parties, and other legal and paralegal professions. Course open to all students regardless of major.

3322. American Constitutional Law I (POL 3322): 3 hours

Prerequisite: POL 2311 and 2312 The study of the U.S. Constitution, Institutional Authority, Separation of Powers and Nation-State Relations through an exploration of Supreme Court cases concerned with the relationship between the individual and the government. The cases studied are designed to explore federalism, governmental powers, substantive due process and economic liberties within the contest of Supreme Court decision-making.

3323. American Constitutional Law II (POL 3323): 3 hours

The overall purpose of this course is to stimulate interest in civil and personal freedoms established by the United States Constitution in the Bill of Rights though critical and factual analysis of Supreme Court cases. A working knowledge of judicial interpretation and analysis of the Constitution is essential to this study.

3326. Family Law and the State: 3 hours

This course is an examination of family law in relation to state interests and social development through relevant case studies and landmark court opinions. It provides a historical overview of legal trends and family law consolidation in various political environments, and informs the students of the pervasive context and varied content of family and state issues. Family law knowledge is helpful but not required.

4301. Real Estate Law: 3 hours

Real estate transactions, including interests in and acquisition and transfer of real property, real estate appraisal and financing, leases, condominiums, cooperatives, environmental and other controls on the use of real estate, and taxation of real estate.

4303. Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy: 3 hours

The debt collection process, including exempt assets and security interests, and bankruptcy law and procedure.

4305. Intellectual Property: 3 hours

Obtaining, protecting, and maintaining copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents.

4306. Administrative Law: 3 hours

The law governing the administrative agencies of the government, including administrative procedure and the substantive law of selected administrative agencies.

4307. Alternative Dispute Resolution (POL 4307): 3 hours

Methods of resolving civil disputes without litigation, including mediation and arbitration.

4321. International Law (POL 4321): 3 hours

The systematic study of the legal principles determining international order. The course emphasizes methods for settlement of disputes regarding the rights, duties, and responsibilities of sovereign states.

4324. Trial Advocacy and Preparation (POL 4324): 3 hours

The aim of this course is to train students in a range of performance skills such as interviewing, negotiating advocacy so that they will be better able to carry out tasks which are fundamental to the delivery of a range of basic legal services.

4393. Internship I: 3 hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 hours or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one’s major field of study.

4394. Internship II: 3 hours

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 hours or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one’s major field of study.

Contact Information

Ashley Coen
Administrative Assistant
Department of Social Sciences 
Location: Polytechnic United
Methodist Church 217
Phone: 817-531-4918 
Fax: 817-531-6503 
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

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