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The Holmes Community College Paralegal Technology Program faculty welcomes you to our web pages. Being a paralegal is a challenging and rewarding career. Our program is designed to prepare students to become entry level paralegals with the skills needed to perform tasks in a variety of settings. Paralegal classes are offered face-to-face (day and evening) in Ridgeland and online. All classes provide voice podcasts, which give students the benefit of abbreviated lectures, as well as other various methods to engage students in classes. 

The Paralegal Technology curriculum is designed to prepare a person for entry-level employment as a paralegal in courts, corporations, law firms, and government agencies. A Technical Certificate, Advanced Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree is earned upon successful completion of program. The curriculum is based on standards developed from the National Association of Legal Assistants' Descriptions of Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam Sections. Additional research data used in the development of this publication was collected from a review of related literature and from surveys of local experts in business, industry, and education.

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Course Descriptions

LET 1113 - Introduction to Law

This course provides an overview of major principles and functions of the state and federal legal systems, introduces various legal fields for professional opportunities, presents legal vocabulary, gives an overview of different areas of law, and presents ethics. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 1213 - Legal Research
This course is an introduction to basic sources of law and the methods of legal research, including ethics. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.

LET 1513 - Family Law
This course is a study of the areas of law pertaining to domestic relations, emphasizing ethics. Three hours lecture. Three hours credit.

LET 1523 - Wills and Estates
This course is an introduction to the laws of inheritance and estates, basic concepts of estates and wills, probate procedures, and preparation of documents while emphasizing ethics. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 1713 - Legal Writing (Prerequisites: LET 1113 & LET 1213)
This course includes composition of legal communications, briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents with an emphasis on ethical considerations. Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.
 
LET 2313 - Civil Litigation I (Prerequisites: LET 1113 & LET 1213)
This course is designed to study the litigation process. Emphasis is on the structure of the Mississippi Court System and on gathering information and evidence, summarizing and arranging materials, maintaining docket and file control, developing a litigation case, and interviewing clients and witnesses, using ethical standards. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 2323 - Torts (Prerequisite: LET 1113)
This course provides instruction in the area of law which deals with private and civil wrongs and injuries as distinguished from breach of con- tract. Concentrates on the elements of a tort, types of torts, damages, remedies, and ethics. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 2333 - Civil Litigation II (Prerequisite: LET 2313)
This course is designed to continue the study of the litigation process from discovery through appeal. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 2343 - Contracts
This course provides instruction in the area of contract law, concentrating on the elements of a valid contract, various types of contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, and ethical issues in contract law. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 2353 - Criminal Law
This course provides an overview of criminal law, and the procedures involved in the criminal process. The course focuses on the Mississippi court system, legal terminology involved in criminal practice, and on gathering information and evidence, and using ethical standards. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

 LET 2453 - Real Property I
This course is an introduction to real property law including ownership and transfer, employing ethics. Three hours lectures. Three hours credit.

LET 2463 - Real Property II (Prerequisite: LET 2453)
Examine legal documents related to real property as recorded in the chancery clerk's office, the tax assessor's office, and the circuit clerk's office and compile a title abstract. Three hours lecture. Three hours credit.

LET 2523 - Bankruptcy Law (Prerequisite: LET 1113)
This course is an introduction to federal bankruptcy law. Emphasis is placed on federal bankruptcy statutes, chapters and forms. Three lectures. Three hours credit.
 
LET 2633 - Law Office Management
This course provides practical application of daily legal office skills needed in the legal field, professional enrichment presentations, history of the profession, professional ethics through fact analysis, and an over- view of law office management. Three hours lecture. Three hours credit.

LET 2913 - Special Problem in Paralegal Technology
A course to provide students with an opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge gained in other Paralegal Technology courses. Three hours lecture. Three hours credit.

LET 2923 - Internship for Paralegal
Supervised practical experience in a private law office, courts, government offices, or businesses. Provides students the opportunity to apply theory presented in the classroom in a supervised work setting. (135 clock hours supervised work experience minimum). Three hours credit.