Academics

    LEG

    LEG 120  Torts  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  Placement into ENG 101
    This course is a study of the various classifications and functions of tort law, including intentional and negligent torts, causation, proximate cause, and defenses.

    LEG 121  Business Law I  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  Placement into ENG 101
    This course is a study of the basics of commercial law, with emphasis on the formation and enforcement of contracts and the rules particular to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and sales of goods.

    LEG 122  Business Law II  (3-0-3)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite:  LEG 121
    This course is an in-depth study of the Uniform Commercial Code with special emphasis on the essentials of Article 3, Commercial Paper, and Article 9, Secured Transactions.  Business partnerships and corporations and their formation are studied.

    LEG 132  Legal Bibliography  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  CPT 170, ENG 101, LEG 135, LEG 230, and CPT 170; plus one semester in the Paralegal program, unless on the one-year track.
    (Co-requisite:  LEG 132 and LEG 230 may be taken together only by students who posses a bachelor's degree and are on the one-year track)
    This course is a study of the methods of legal research, proper citation of authority, use of legal treatises, texts, reporters, and digests.

    LEG 135  Introduction to Law and Ethics  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    (Mandatory first semester)
    Prerequisite:  Placement into ENG 101
    This course provides a general introduction to law, including courts, legal terminology, procedures, systems, and laws of society.  Emphasis is on ethics and the role of the paralegal in the legal system.

    LEG 201  Civil Litigation I (Discovery)  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  BIO 110 or BIO 215, LEG 120, LEG 132
    Co-requisite:  LEG 240 (required)
    This course is a study of the principles of litigation and the rules of procedure for each court in the South Carolina system including pleading, practice, and discovery procedures.

    LEG 202  Civil Litigation II (Pleadings)  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  LEG 201, LEG 240
    This course includes an in-depth examination of the principles of litigation, focusing on the application of civil techniques and the role of a paralegal using hypothetical cases.

    LEG 212  Workers' Compensation  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisites:  BIO 110 or BIO 215, LEG 120, LEG 132
    This course is a study of the history of workers' compensation case laws, statutes, regulations, and procedures in handling claims.

    LEG 213  Family Law  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  ENG 101, LEG 135, LEG 230
    This course includes an examination of the laws of marriage, divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, custody and the juvenile.

    LEG 214  Property Law  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  ENG 101, LEG 135, LET 230
    This course includes an overview of South Carolina property law, including the mechanics of various commercial and private property transactions and mortgage foreclosures.

    LEG 230  Legal Writing  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Pre- or Co-requisites:  ENG 101 and CPT 170 (required)
    This course includes methods, techniques, and procedures for the research and preparation of legal memoranda, trial and appellate briefs, and trial notebooks.

    LEG 233  Wills, Trusts, and Probate  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  ENG 101, LEG 135, LEG 230
    This course includes a detailed study of testacy and intestacy, preparation of wills and codicils, and fundamentals of trust and probate administration.

    LEG 234  Title Examination Procedures I  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisites:  LEG 214, LEG 233
    This course is a study of the common law and statutory requirements related to the transfer of real property with utilization of the appropriate indexes and documents in the appropriate city and county offices.

    LEG 240  Claims Investigation  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  BIO 110 or BIO 215, LEG 120, LEG 132
    Co-requisite: LEG 201 (required)
    This course is an in-depth study of investigating claims, interviewing and taking statements, collecting data, assembling, and presenting evidence.

    LEG 250  Internship for Paralegal  (0-9-3)
    Offered Spring Semester       
    Prerequisites:  Upper level students with a minimum of 3.0 GPA; instructor consent required
    This course is designed to provide the paralegal student with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and apply the skills and knowledge in a law office or other suitable location where paralegals are employed. 

    LEG 262  Litigation Applications  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  LEG 201, LEG 240
    This course introduces computer applications in various litigation and courtroom settings using general computer and legal software programs.

    LEG 270  Paralegal Certification Preparation  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  Department head approval required
    This course provides a review and preparation for testing for a national paralegal certification exam.