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    Dec 07

    Online Start Date
    Dec 07, 2016

    Jan 04

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Jan 04, 2017

    Feb 01

    Online Start Date
    Feb 01, 2017

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  • Curriculum: Standard Track


    Bachelor's Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE (3 Credits)

    This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 Credits)

    The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM (5 Credits)

    This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH (5 Credits)

    This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students
    a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES (5 Credits)

    In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE (5 Credits)

    Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

     

     

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (5 Credits)

    As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 245: ETHICS (5 Credits)

    In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE (5 Credits)

    In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Major

    LS 100: INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL PROFESSION (5 Credits)

    This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    CM 206: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to be a more effective communicator in professional and personal situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the communication process, the influence of perception on communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction, listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management, and effective communication strategies.

    Prerequisites Required: Any College Composition I course

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 185: INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE (5 Credits)

    It is important for members of the legal support team to have a strong foundation in the fundamental rules, court cases, concepts, and trends of key subjects in American law. This course provides an American legal background covering civil and common law traditions, the legal profession, constitutional law, and a survey of specific areas of law. Upon successful completion of this course you will have a solid understanding of the American legal system.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS 100

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 204: LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (5 Credits)

    Two of the most basic tasks performed by a legal support team member are legal research and written analysis—finding the law, analyzing the component parts of written opinions, and applying the reasoning of relevant legal authorities to a factual situation. Upon successful completion of this course you will have gained specialized skills in the area of legal research and the ability to analyze and synthesize legal authority. Additionally, you will be able to draft correspondence and memoranda commonly used in the practice of law.

    Prerequisites Required: CM 220

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 244: ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on researching legal issues and drafting legal documents using the results of student research. Emphasis will be placed on briefing and analyzing court opinions and other legal sources, applying the legal rationale to a given factual situation, and drafting documents commonly used in legal practice. This course also teaches you how to present the results of research in a professional manner.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 204

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 253: LEGAL ETHICS (5 Credits)

    Legal assistants and paralegals must always consider the duties owed to clients by both the lawyer and the paralegal. In this course, you will learn to evaluate ethical dilemmas you may encounter as a legal professional and appropriately apply the rules of professional responsibility to these situations. This course discusses the duties and responsibilities regarding the ethical conduct of the paralegal in the legal workforce, codes of ethics, unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and more.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 308: LAW AND SOCIETY (6 Credits)

    The student completing this course will learn about the law as a generic entity with pervasive influence in all aspects of social interaction, formation, and change. Theories of design, enforcement, and remediation under the American system and interacting with different global systems will provide the student the opportunity to gain appreciation of the value, reach, and utility of a well-defined legal system. 

    Prerequisites Required: PA 201 or any legal research course

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 311: BUSINESS LAW (6 Credits)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system as it applies to business in the contemporary global economy. Areas covered include the legal environment of business, torts and crimes, contracts, employment relations, and business organizations. The course will also look at the relationship between business and law in the context of current events that impact our communities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 312: ETHICS AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT (6 Credits)

    This course explores the legal principles and ethical theories that relate to business situations. The course examines the ethics of a business decision as it relates to stakeholders. Topics include the foundations of moral development and ethical decision making, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management, and the legal principles that apply to ethics in business.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 490: LEGAL PHILOSOPHY (6 Credits)

    This course provides the student with an opportunity to look at a number of historically significant philosophical and legal thinkers and theories. The student will analyze and compare them to the American theoretical and philosophical system. Critical thinking skills and communication competence are built through the individual and collaborative discussion and analysis process. Upon completion of the final project, the student will be able to identify the most historically significant legal philosophers and assess American legal philosophy in historical context. Further, philosophical thinking that contributed directly to the design of our system will be understood in current legal context. 

    Prerequisites Required: LS 308

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 412: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (6 Credits)

    This course introduces alternative methods to litigation for resolving disputes including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Topics covered include: the nature and sources of conflict, the mediator’s role in resolving disputes, and other adjudicative and nonadjudicative processes. Related policy, ethical, and practice issues are also covered. In addition, the course addresses both the law and the practices of domestic and international commercial arbitration, which includes: a) federal and state statutes favoring arbitration, international treaties, and judicial review of arbitration awards; b) choosing the arbitrators; c) drafting arbitration clauses; and d) the lawyer’s conduct in an arbitration and how the skills used differ from those used in litigation. 

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    CONCENTRATION COURSES OR ELECTIVES (22 Credits)

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    LS 495: BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN LEGAL SUPPORT AND STUDIES CAPSTONE (6 Credits)

    This course is designed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services. This course comprises a series of assignments that integrate the core concepts from the judicial studies and practice program outcomes and curriculum. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting practical legal matters.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or Dean approval

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    PA 230: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Technology is pervasive and the modern law office is chock-full of technological appliances, tools, and applications that the paralegal must be able to master. At the core of most software applications are the basics—word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and tools for presentations. Of course, the ubiquitous communication tool, email, is the center of modern electronic communications. This course will explore the most common tools and applications found in law firms and those that every “technology-literate” paralegal must know. Word processing, document assembly programs, and tools for case management, time and billing, calendaring, electronic communications, and creating presentations are a few of the topics explored in this course. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation of the basics in legal technology.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    IT 133: MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS ON DEMAND (5 Credits)

    This course teaches students to use the current Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Software Applications, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.

    Sample Projects:    www.screencast.com/t/H6Ha18Ml

    What's Next?

    After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.

    Total Major Credits: 93
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Online students will take PA 230: Introduction to Legal Technology.

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (54 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 54
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Paralegal Concentration

    PA 110: CIVIL LITIGATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to civil litigation, the civil law process, rights, and procedures. Topics include informal fact gathering and investigation, case management and strategy, jurisdiction, the structure of the court systems in the United States, parties, pleadings, and motions.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Paralegal Concentration Credits: 22
    Total Program Credits: 180

    PA 260: CRIMINAL LAW (5 Credits)

    In this course, students learn about criminal law. They learn about the elements and types of crimes, including homicide, crimes against the person, crimes against habitation and occupancy, crimes against property, sexual offenses, and crimes involving more than one defendant. They also cover criminal capacity and defenses to crimes. Finally, students are introduced to criminal procedures followed in the United States and the concept of probable cause.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Paralegal Concentration Credits: 22
    Total Program Credits: 180

    PA 301: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (6 Credits)

    This course provides a basic overview of administrative law and procedure. In addition to identifying sources of administrative law and procedure, this course covers agency actions, controls on agency actions, administrative hearings, and appellate procedures for administrative decisions.

    Prerequisites Required: PA 110

    Total Paralegal Concentration Credits: 22
    Total Program Credits: 180

    PA 305: LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    Legal professionals are often called upon to handle office management functions. Effective law office managers save their offices time and money and become valuable members of the legal team. The management skills covered in this course can be applied to any office. This course guides students in creating a procedures manual that can be used at the office and as a portfolio of their work.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Paralegal Concentration Credits: 22
    Total Program Credits: 180

    Tuition & Fees: Standard Track

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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  • * Graduates are not authorized to practice law and will not be eligible to sit for any state’s bar examination.

    Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2014-2015 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other U.S.-based Title IV degree-granting institutions, primarily baccalaureate or above.

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

    § Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Legal/Paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    # Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.

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