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PLG 210 - Civil Litigation and Tort Principles

Course Description

This course focuses on the applications of the principles of tort law and civil litigation, and emphasizes the paralegal's role in the civil and litigation process. Students will receive a thorough overview of the applicable constitutional issues that arise in tort law, rules of civil procedure, and rules of evidence as well as an introduction to different resolution methods available through the state and federal court systems; in particular, alternative dispute resolution methods applicable to negligence cases. Lastly, this course provides students with the necessary foundation to prepare and write pleadings and other applicable court documents, prepare for discovery, and assemble proper documentation for trial.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Conduct legal research of basic negligence liability concepts applied to various intentional and unintentional torts and the applicable defenses, and then use critical thought to analyze the results of such research.
Comprehend fundamental constitutional issues surrounding tort law.
Discuss the theories of damage recovery applicable to tort matters.
Discuss negligence problem resolution through court litigation and alternative remedies of negotiation, arbitration, and mediation, as well as the paralegal’s role in each scenario.
Discuss relevant ethical issues.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: PLG 120