Required Courses

1.5 Credit Hours
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.

1.5 Credit Hours
(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.

1.5 Credit Hours
(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.

1.5 Credit Hours
(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.

1 Credit Hour
(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.

1.5 Credit Hours
(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.

.5 Credit Hours
This course will provide students with information about the job-search process including interview, resume writing and cover letter drafting. Students will learn in detail about job search resources, associations and networking opportunities.

1 Credit Hour
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).

2 Credit Hours
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. 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.

1.5 Credit Hours
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.

1.5 Credit Hours
Contracts is the law of binding agreements. In this course, students will learn the components of an enforceable contract, exceptions to the enforcement of contracts, and remedies available upon the breach of an enforceable contract. Each class will include opportunities for students to gain practical skills in the areas of client counseling, negotiation, drafting, and interpretation of contracts. Students will learn about specific types of contracts, such as lease agreements, insurance contracts, general contractor/subcontractor agreements, and the additional rules and laws that may apply to them. Students will apply the principles learned to a simulated fact pattern during open class discussions.

1.5 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to real estate law, which includes the study of property rights, types of land ownership, real property descriptions, sale, financing, conveyancing, contracts, liens, mortgages, deeds, recording, settlement concepts, condominiums and cooperatives, leasing, and other property concepts.

1.5 Credit Hours
Includes a survey of the law of torts and the role of the legal assistant in preparation and trial of a personal injury lawsuit. Negligence and other personal injury torts are emphasized. Includes pre-trial preparation, interviewing techniques, preparation and filing of pleadings, use of various discovery methods, preparing witnesses specifically for trial, and the role of the legal assistant at trial.

1 Credit Hour
This course will provide students with an understanding of criminal procedure from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Time will be spent on obtaining an overview of the constitutional underpinnings of criminal procedure as well as on practical aspects of criminal justice.