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Course Outline

Please note that the course outline specified here is a sample and is subject to change at any time. Therefore, your actual course of study may differ from the outline specified below.

Week Topic BMLA Chapter GRM Worksheet
1 Overview of the Course and Orientation
Diagnostic Testing
1 Diagnostic Survey
2 The Law Office 3 W2, W5
3 Ethics 2 W3, W4
4 Oral and Written Communications 6 W6
5 The Courts, Administrative Agencies 9, 10 W7
6 Litigation 11 W9
7 Accounting 5 W10
8 Computers in the Law Office 4 W11
9 The Law Library 8 TBA
10 Review Week Review 1-6, 8-11
11 Preparation of Legal Documents 7 W12
12 Contracts, Torts 12, 13 W13
13 Criminal Law 14 W14
14 Family Law 15 W15
15 Business Organizations 16 W17, W18
16 Real Estate 17 W19
17 Estate Planning, Estates and Guardianships 18, 19 W20, W21
18 Bankruptcy 20 Final Survey
19 Review Week Review 7, 12-20
20 NALS Online BLTC Final Exam (proctored) 1-20 n/a

Key

  • BMLA - Basic Manual for the Lawyer's Assistant
  • GRM - The Gregg Reference Manual

Grade Components

  • Participation - based on contact with the instructor: 10 percent
  • Review Questions - open book: 20 percent
  • Chapter Quizzes - open book, timed: 30 percent
  • NALS Final Exam - closed book, proctored, timed: 40 percent

Notes

  • There is a severe point penalty assessed for exceeding the allotted time on any quiz or exam.
  • The Gregg Reference Manual worksheets have no grade component but they are essential to passing the ALS Examination. The instructor may consider this work in determining a participation grade.
  • Stetson Certificates
    • Participants who receive a 95 percent or higher in the course and are recommended by staff and faculty will have "With Highest Excellence" reflected on their Stetson University course certificate.
    • Participants who receive a 90 percent or higher in the course and are recommended by staff and faculty will have "With Excellence" reflected on their Stetson University course certificate.
    • A Stetson University Lawyer's Assistant Certificate and a NALS Basic Legal Training Course certificate will be awarded to anyone who obtains a course grade of 70 percent or better.
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