All PLST courses carry two credit hours unless noted otherwise.
PLST 331 Introduction to Paralegal Studies. This course provides an introduction to the function and sources of American law (including the U.S. Constitution), the American legal system, and legal practice, focusing on the role of the paralegal. Recent developments, especially in regard to regulatory proposals affecting paralegals, are emphasized. The course also examines paralegal career issues and provides an overview of the civil litigation process.
PLST 332 Legal Research & Writing I. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of legal research and focuses on locating, analyzing and updating case law. Students practice using various reference books in the law library as well as the online services (LEXIS and WESTLAW).
PLST 333 Legal Research & Writing II. This course continues to explore the variety of legal reference sources. It focuses on locating, analyzing and updating statutory and administrative law. Students practice using various reference books in the law library as well as the online services (LEXIS and WESTLAW). This course also covers basic practices in legal correspondence.
PLST 335 Legal Ethics. This course focuses on the ethical considerations in the practice of law that paralegals are likely to encounter, especially the unauthorized practice of law, client confidentiality and conflicts of interest. Attorney and paralegal ethical codes are examined. Prerequisite: PLST 331 Introduction to Paralegal Studies.
PLST 345 Law Office Computer Applications. This course develops practical skills through hands-on instruction in software programs commonly used in law offices: word processing (templates, redlining, tables), spreadsheets (financial data, charts and graphs), pdf management (creating and combining .pdfs, creating a portfolio, redacting, adding security) and presentation graphics.
PLST 353 Securities Regulation. This course deals with the federal and state regulation of securities transactions. Students learn how the stock market works and the roles of brokers, specialists and underwriters. The course focuses on the requirements for public offerings of stock, notably the registration statement and prospectus, as well as the anti-fraud provisions. Prerequisite: PLST 336 Corporate Topics for Litigation Paralegals or PLST 362 Business Organizations.
PLST 362 Business Organizations. This course focuses on the formation and operation of sole proprietorships, partnerships (general, limited, and limited liability), limited liability companies, and corporations. Preparation of standard forms and agreements will be emphasized. Due diligence procedures for mergers and acquisitions and other transactions will be covered. [Offered only to students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort.]
PLST 363 Contract Administration & Analysis. This course focuses on both common-law and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article 2 contracts. The elements of a valid contract will be studied, as well as standard contractual provisions and basic principles of contract interpretation. Students will work with several sample contracts: a confidentiality/nondisclosure agreement, a licensing agreement, and a general trade agreement. [Offered only to students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort.]
PLST 364 Topics in Corporate Practice. This course provides an overview of laws relating to business operations, including secured transactions (Uniform Commercial Code Article 9), federal bankruptcy law, and employment law. Compliance with various regulatory regulations will also be covered. Pre-requisite: PLST 362 Business Organizations. [Offered only to students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort.]
PLST 365 Survey of Intellectual Property. This course introduces the terminology, basic principles, and documentation requirements of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection. Application/registration procedures and infringement disputes are also covered. [Offered only to students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort.]
PLST 366 Survey of Civil Litigation. This course introduces the civil litigation process in state (Illinois) and federal courts, from the initial phases of pre-litigation investigations and pleadings through the discovery, trial, and post-trial phases. Technological innovations affecting civil litigation, such as electronic court filing and e-discovery procedures, will be given special emphasis. [Offered only to students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort.]
PLST 367 E-Discovery and Litigation Support Technology. This course continues the study of the civil litigation process, incorporating hands-on instruction in electronic filing and litigation support software programs (e.g., Concordance, WestCheck). Pre-requisite: PLST 366 Survey of Civil Litigation. [Offered only to students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort.]
Students in the Corporate Practice Certificate cohort may take additional Institute courses at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, but these courses cannot be substituted for the courses in the Corporate Practice curriculum. Also, courses offered in Lake County are open only to students in this cohort.