Master of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies George Washington University - College of Professional Studies
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You will be required to take 10 courses, complete Independent Research, and a Practicum as part of the curriculum.
- PSLX 6210: American Jurisprudence
3 credits. This course introduces students to the foundations, theories, history and applications of the American legal system.
Participants examine local, state, and federal courts and sources of law and survey ethics and professionalism.
- PSLX 6211: Legal Research and Writing
3 credits. The legal research portion of this course introduces students to the methods, tools and rules of print and online legal research and writing, including online databases and the Bluebook.
In the legal writing portion of the course, students draft, edit, and present legal documents based upon their research, including memorandums, motions, and briefs.
- PSLX 6212: Litigation
3 credits. This course provides the professional skills that are essential to supporting litigation. Ethical considerations in litigation and using legal technology are woven throughout the course.
Students explore the art and science of litigation, which includes the elements of standard civil actions; how to use technology in litigation; and examine the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile procedure, and administrative procedure.
- PSLX 6223: Contracts
3 credits. This foundational course examines contract elements and attendant legal ramifications; students engage in the deep analytical thinking and develop legal reasoning skills in evaluating issues arising from contract law and practice drafting and reviewing contracts.
- PSLX 6224: Advanced Legal Writing
3 credits. This course includes advanced legal writing techniques and drafting for practice, including legal writing in plain English; strategies for effective writing. Students draft legal memoranda, legal correspondence, and legal pleadings. Students will refine and advance legal analysis, writing and legal citation skills.
- PSLX 6225: Business Entities
3 credits. This course addresses business organizations and related business law topics including securities regulation, consumer protection, regulation and compliance.
- PSLX 6214: Administrative Law
3 credits. This course explores sources of law, administrative procedures, immigration law, trials and hearings, and ethical considerations.
- PSLX 6215: Government Contracts Law
3 credits. This course surveys how to create, administer, draft, change, and terminate government contracts and introduces students to the unique research materials and sources of government contract law.
- PSLX 6226: International Law
3 credits. This course introduces students to the rules and principles that govern relations among sovereign states, international organizations, the principles and sources of international law and the differences between international and national law, trade law and international litigation.
- PSLX 6227: Intellectual Property Law
3 credits. This course surveys the legal structure of trademarks, copyrights, and patents and the processes, supporting documentation, laws, and rules regarding prosecution and litigation.
- PSLX 6228 CA: California Law and Practice
3 credits. This course looks at an overview of the California government structure, court structure, rules of court, litigation support procedures and technology, and professional ethics.
- PSLX 6294: Independent Research
2 credits. This course is a capstone to the legal study that precedes it in this program. Students conduct independent research that provides significant new insight, formulate theses based upon the research, and present their results in 20- to 30-page papers and oral presentations.
- PSLX 6298: Practicum
Non-credit but required. Students work in a professional environment, using and applying the skills, knowledge and abilities they acquired in previous courses. Students engage in academic activities, including journaling, group discussions, and mock interviewing to ensure that they have an educationally significant experience that will prepare them to enter the legal field.
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