Course Catalog : Subject Area




Legal Administration Courses Offered @ TNCC

Course Description and Pre-requisites
LGL 110 Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Introduces various areas of law in which a legal assistant will be working. Includes study of the court system (Virginia and federal) as well as a brief overview of criminal law, torts, domestic relations, evidence, ethics, the role of the legal assistant, and other areas of interest. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 115 Real Estate Law
(3 credits) Studies law of real property and gives in-depth survey of the more common types of real estate transactions and conveyances such as deeds, contracts, leases, and deeds of trust. Focuses on drafting these various instruments and studies the system of recording and search of public documents. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 116 Domestic Relations and Consumer Law
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): LGL 110 or departmental approval. Studies elements of a valid marriage, grounds for divorce and annulment, separation, defenses, custody, support, adoptions, and applicable tax consequences. Focuses on separation and pre-nuptial agreements, pleadings, and rules of procedure. May include specific federal and Virginia consumer laws. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 117 Family Law
(3 credits) Studies elements of a valid marriage, grounds for divorce and annulment, separation, defenses, custody, support, adoptions, and applicable tax consequences. Includes property settlement, pre- and ante-nuptial agreements, pleadings, and rules of procedure. May include specific federal and Virginia consumer laws. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 125 Legal Research
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): LGL 110 or departmental approval. Provides an understanding of various components of a law library and emphasizes research skills through the use of digests, encyclopedias, reporter systems, codes, Shepards's Citations, ALR, and other research tools. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 216 Trial Preparation & Discovery Practice
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): LGL 110 or departmental approval. Examines the trial process, including the preparation of a trial notebook, pretrial motions, and orders. May include preparation of interrogatories, depositions, and other discovery tools used in assembling evidence in preparation for the trial or an administrative hearing. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 225 Estate Planning and Probate
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): LGL 110. Introduces various devices used to plan an estate, including wills, trust, joint ownership and insurance. Considers various plans in light of family situations and estate objectives. Focuses on practices involving administration of an estate including taxes and preparation of forms. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 226 Real Estate Abstracting
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): LGL 110 or departmental approval. Reviews aspects of abstracting title to real estate, recordation of land transactions, liens, grantor-grantee indices, warranties, covenants, restrictions, and easements. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 230 Legal Transactions
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): LGL 125 or departmental approval. Presents an in-depth study of general contract law, including formation, breach, enforcement, and remedies. May include an overview of UCC sales, commercial paper, and collections. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 236 Elder Law
(3 credits) Explores the legal issues affecting the elderly population, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance, retirement housing and long-term care options, age discrimination, elder abuse and neglect, and estate and planning issues related to incapacity-guardianship, advanced medical directives, power of attorney, and end-of-life decisions. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 250 Immigration Law
(3 credits) Provides an introduction to immigration law and policy, giving an overview of the United States legal system that regulates the admission, exclusion, removal, and naturalization of immigrants. Includes issues concerning refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, and undocumented aliens. Lecture 3 hours per week.
LGL 290 Coordinated Internship in Legal Administration
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): Department approval required. Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ration not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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