REQUIRED COURSES

ORIENTATION
1000  (Half-day FREE seminar)  This seminar gives those who may be interested in a career as a legal assistant, or paralegal, the opportunity to find out about the profession and the opportunities available in the field.  This is a great orientation for beginning legal-assistant students.

INTRODUCTION TO LAW
1013  (Three Saturdays) Survey of the legal system and the role of the legal assistant.  This course is a prerequisite to all other courses and provides the student with a background for the courses which follow in the University of Oklahoma legal-assistant program.

LEGAL ANALYSIS
1023  (Three Saturdays)  (Prerequisite to Legal Writing).  Emphasis is on the structure of a legal memorandum.  Covers the use of effective writing style and use of Oklahoma legal research materials.  Students will also learn how to brief a case.  It is strongly recommended that this course be completed in the student's first semester of study.

LEGAL RESEARCH
1033  (Three Saturdays)  (Prerequisite to Legal Writing).  Covers use of state and federal statutes, court reporters, encyclopedias, annotations, digests, Shepard’s, periodicals, legislative history sources, and administrative law materials.

LEGAL WRITING
1243  (Three Saturdays)  (Prerequisites:  Legal Analysis and Legal Research)  Presentation of guidelines for effective advisory and argumentative writing as applied to pleadings, briefs, legal memorandums, and other types of legal writing.

CIVIL PROCEDURE I
1083  (Three Saturdays)  (Prerequisite to Civil Procedure II)  This course will emphasize the selection of a proper forum, analysis of jurisdiction and venue requirements, both state and federal; determination of necessary parties; preparation of pleadings required in civil litigation, including petitions, motions, answers, counterclaims, and set-offs, as well as post-judgment procedures.  Students will make a trial notebook that will also be used in Civil Procedure II.

CIVIL PROCEDURE II
2083  (Three Saturdays)  (Prerequisite:  Civil Procedure I) A continuation of Civil Procedure I, using the trial notebook from that course.  The course covers preparation for a civil trial.  It includes gathering and organizing evidence by investigation and discovery methods and contact with client and parties.  Federal and state court discovery methods and organization for effective presentation at trial are studied.

COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH
2252  (Two Saturdays)  (Prerequisite:  Legal Research)  Computer-assisted legal research.  An introductory course to familiarize students with the computerized legal research systems.  Students will receive training in the effective use of search strategies to enhance their legal research capabilities.

EVIDENCE
2093  (Three Saturdays)  Oklahoma and Federal Rules of Evidence will be surveyed in order to familiarize students with the types of evidence which will and will not be admissible in court and objections which may be made during discovery and in pretrial orders to proposed evidence.

LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
2042  (Two Saturdays) Course will provide the student with knowledge of the industry (including the legal marketplace, the legal team, personnel relations, and client relations), provide the student with knowledge of how a law office functions (including legal fees, timekeeping, billing, and financial management), and provide the student with essential skills (including law office systems, docket control systems, records management, file management, and law library management).

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
1043 (Three Saturdays) (It is recommended that students complete Legal Analysis before taking this course.)  Ethics permeate all activities of a lawyer.  This course will enable the legal assistant to: (1) identify ethical parameters of the legal profession; (2) research applicable statutes, rules, and case law; and (3) apply that body of law to practical situations.  The course also will examine the extent of the legal assistant’s ethical responsibility.