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College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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LEGA 2010 - Michigan Legal System & Ethics

Credit Hours: 2.00


Prerequisites: None

This course provides a general orientation to the Michigan Legal Systems: its courts, processes, and procedures. The Federal Court system is also reviewed. Also included are an in‑depth study of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and their application to attorneys and legal assistants; review of the Code of Judicial Conduct and its application to all Michigan judges; ethical responsibilities of legal assistants arising from the Rules and Judicial Canons.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to distinguish the differences in the names, jurisdictions and locations of Michigan and federal court systems:

Objectives: The student will:

  1. explain the Michigan Supreme Court.
  2. explain the Michigan Court of Appeals.
  3. explain the Michigan Circuit Courts.
  4. explain the Michigan Family Courts.
  5. explain the Michigan Probate Courts.
  6. explain the Michigan District Courts.
  7. explain the U.S. Supreme Court.
  8. explain the Circuit Courts of Appeal.
  9. explain the Federal District Courts.
  10. explain the Federal Specialty Courts.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able explain the names, jurisdiction, and locations of the following Michigan and federal court systems.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify the Michigan Supreme Court.
  2. Identify the Michigan Court of Appeals.
  3. Identify the Michigan Circuit Courts.
  4. Identify the Michigan Family Courts.
  5. Identify the Michigan Probate Courts.
  6. Identify the Michigan District Courts.
  7. Identify the U.S. Supreme Court.
  8. Identify the Circuit Courts of Appeal.
  9. Identify the Federal District Courts.
  10. Identify the Federal Specialty Courts.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct to real-life situations.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify the rules of professional conduct and their applications to real life situations.
  2. Identify the rationale for the rules of professional conduct.
  3. Explain how the rules of professional conduct apply to real life situations.
  4. Explain the rationale for the rules of professional conduct.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to e-file a document on a training platform in a court system.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Create a document.
  2. Submit the document.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to distinguish types of substantive law.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify the types of substantive law.
  2. Select appropriate responses to substantive law situations.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
Session and Topic:

  1.  
    1. Introduction to the Study of Law
    2. The Role of the Paralegal
    3. Sources of the Law
    4. Classification of the Law
    5. Structure of the Court System
    6. Civil Litigation
  2.  
    1. Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
    2. Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
    3. Finding the Law
    4. Applying the Law
    5. Legal Ethics
  3.  
    1. Tort
    2. Contract Law
    3. Property and Estate Law
    4. Laws Affecting Business
    5. Family Law
    6. Criminal Law and Procedure

Primary Faculty
Manatine, Jennifer R.
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Johnson, Elise
Dean
Balsamo, Michael



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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