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Undergraduate Admissions Information
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5339 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5339
Fax (734) 432-5424
Email: admissions@madonna.edu

Nurse Paralegal Post-BSN: Cert Achieve
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Nurse Paralegal Post-BSN: Cert Achieve    
   Certificate Courses (30 cr. to be chosen)    
      LAW 1000   Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3 cr.  Introduction to the various roles of the paralegal, with an emphasis upon job functions, ethics, and skills, legal terminology, the court system. 
      LAW 1010   Legal Research and Writing I 3 cr.  An introduction to the law library and the use of legal references; the techniques of legal research as used in writing letters, instruments, pleadings, briefs, and memoranda. Emphasis on State law. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 and completion of the Writing Assessment with a score of 4T or completion of required WRT 1150 component. 
      LAW 2560   Legal Research on the Internet 3 cr.  Introduction to concepts for performing legal and factual research on the Internet (except Westlaw and Lexis) for use in legal applications. Students analyze information retrieved using information literacy principles. Federal legal research as well as factual research is undertaken. Prerequisites: LAW 1010 and CIS 2250 or CIS 2380 or equivalent, Student must be prepared for online course work. 
      LAW 2570   Litigation 3 cr.  Pre-trial, trial, appeal, and enforcement/compliance procedures for civil cases. Data collection and analysis; calendar control and scheduling; organization and coordination of exhibits; drafting of interrogatories, complaint, answer, and other pleadings. 
      LAW 3210   Legal Research and Writing II 3 cr.  Further development of research and writing skills, including analyzing a fact situation and following the evolution of a typical lawsuit. Emphasis on Federal law. Prerequisite: LAW 1010, LAW 2570. 
      LAW 4220   Torts: An Overview of Negligence 3 cr.  The fundamentals of tort law with emphasis on application to fact situations encountered in legal practice. Areas covered are intentional interferences and defenses, negligence and defenses, strict liability, product liability, misrepresentation, defamation, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and auto negligence. 
      LAW 4230   Medical-Legal Concepts and Medical Records 3 cr.  Practical applications of legal concepts to medical-legal records. Medical terminology and review of medical records are covered. 
      LAW 4270   Evidence 3 cr.  Practical use of evidentiary rules in terms of case development and the trial process, including pre-trial discovery plans, trial preparation, and trial assistance. 
      LAW 4930/4940 Option (1 cr. to be chosen)    
         LAW 4930   Internship 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Demonstration of professional paralegal skills in an employment situation (arranged by the student). Permission of department required. 1 cr.= 180 hours of work experience; 2 cr. = 225 hours of work experience; 3 cr. = 270 hours of work experience. Prerequisite: completion of 24 cr. of Paralegal classes. (Note: registration for an unpaid situation is LAW 4930; and for a paid situation is LAW 4940.) Corequisite: LAW 4950. 
         LAW 4940   Internship 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Demonstration of professional paralegal skills in an employment situation (arranged by the student). Permission of department required. 1 cr.= 180 hours of work experience; 2 cr. = 225 hours of work experience; 3 cr. = 270 hours of work experience. Prerequisite: completion of 24 cr. of Paralegal classes. (Note: registration for an unpaid situation is LAW 4930; and for a paid situation is LAW 4940.) Corequisite: LAW 4950. 
      LAW 4950   Legal Seminar 3 cr.  Capstone course for students with a paralegal or nurse paralegal program. Typically taken the last semester of a student’s course of study. Students conduct a legal research and writing assignment, take a pre- and post- ethics quiz, self-assess their current paralegal skills, provide an evaluation of personal and program curriculum, and develop a strategy for continuing legal education. Prerequisite: completion of 24 cr. of Paralegal classes. Corequisite: LAW 4930 or LAW 4940. 
      LAW electives    
         LAW 2220   Domestic Relations 3 cr.  Divorce law, including interviewing, determination of jurisdiction, counseling, investigation; drafting, serving and filing of legal papers; Friend of the Court Act and property settlements. Prerequisite: must be admitted to the Paralegal Studies major to enroll in this course, or have permission of the Program Director to enroll in it. 
         LAW 2350   Real Estate 3 cr.  Interviewing and data collection, title work, mortgage work, taxation, drafting of purchase and sale agreements, closing, liability, insurance. 
         LAW 2410   Contractual and Commercial Relations 3 cr.  Fundamentals and theory of the law of contracts. Sales transactions, the Uniform Commercial Code, banking transactions, consumer law, analysis of standard commercial contracts. 
         LAW 2550   Computer Assisted Legal Research 3 cr.  Proprietary legal research technology using Westlaw and Lexis. Introduction of new litigation databases for investigating civil and criminal cases. Prerequisites: LAW 1010 and CIS 2250 or CIS 2380 or equivalent. Student must be prepared for online course work. 
         LAW 3450   Business Associations 3 cr.  Pre-incorporation and incorporation procedures, directors’ meetings, stockholders’ meetings, public sales of securities, foreign jurisdictions, amending Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, partnership agreements, and dissolution. 
         LAW 3560   Intellectual Property 3 cr.  An overview of the law of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Focus is on the unique intellectual property problems facing inventors, writers, musicians, and artists. Prerequisite: LAW 1010. 
         LAW 3670   Law Office Economics and Technology 3 cr.  Law firm utilization of computers and specialized legal software to achieve the economic practice of law. Prerequisite: CIS 2250 or 2380 or equivalent. 
         LAW 3860   Probate Estates 3 cr.  Probate administration; Michigan Probate Code; gift taxes; decedents’ estates, including determination of assets, federal and state death returns; fiduciary income tax returns; transfer of securities; closing documents. 
         LAW 3870   Will and Trust Drafting 2 cr.  An introduction to the items to be considered in drafting wills and trusts. Inter vivos and testamentary trusts are introduced. Role playing for the initial client interview. Students draft a sample will and participate in a will contest mock trial. Prerequisite: LAW 1010. 
         LAW 4100   Special Problems in Law 1 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Study of selected areas of paralegal practice on a seminar basis. 
         LAW 4560   Case Preparation and Trial 3 cr.  An advanced course in the litigation process. An actual case is developed for trial presentation. Drafting of opening statements, closing statements, and jury instructions are covered. Prerequisite: LAW 1010. 
         LAW 4580   Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 cr.  An advanced course in the pre-trial litigation process which involves pretrial settlement of lawsuits through facilitated settlement, including such methods as: self-help, agency intervention, arbitration, mediation, negotiation, mini-trials, summary jury trials, and court-ordered ADR. Investigation into a career as a mediator is addressed. Prerequisite: LAW 1010; pre- or corequisite: LAW 2570. 
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