||Personal Injury & E-Discovery
||2 semester credits
||Grade "C" or better in PA - Introduction to Law and Contracts
or instructor's permission
||This course requires the knowledge of legal
analysis, the ability to do light legal research based on directions
provided by the instructor, and the aptitude to learn how to draft
pleadings or legal documents.
||Examines selected major issues and themes in civil
litigation involving personal injuries and wrongful death with
primary emphasis on negligence and medical malpractice. Significant
case law, statutes, rules, procedures, and evidentiary and
will be covered.
||Students will be able to:
- Introduction, Definitions and the Courts (2 Hours)
- Client Interview; Summary; Questionnaire, and Retainer Agreements
- Documentation/Organization of Files, Legal Malpractice and
Ethics. (2 Hours)
- Review all Authorizations/Releases, Medical and Police
- No-Fault Insurance
Issues, Dram Shop and Liquor Liability
- Pleadings, i.e. Summons, Complaint, Answers & Counterclaims)
- Discovery, E-Discovery, Depositions, Motions (3 Hours)
- Statement of the Case and Proposed Jury Instructions
- Trial Preparation, and Video Testimony (3 Hours)
- Case Chronology/Outline, Exhibit Lists, Trial Notebook (3 Hours)
- Final Argument and Case Briefs.
- Arbitration and Settlement.(1 Hour)
- Other Classroom Activities: Mock interviews, legal essays,
trial notebook preparation and group work (3 Hours)
- Examinations (3 Hours)
Total Semester Hours: 32 Hours
||To acquaint the paralegal student with personal
injury litigation beginning with client interviews, retainer
agreements, setting up a case file, including but not limited to,
correspondence with doctors, governmental agencies and employers.
The student will also prepare for a lawsuit including the drafting
of summons, complaints, answers, counterclaims, and e-discovery.
||The student may take exams and/or prepare various legal
document drafting exercises. Case management and
computer technology may be used to complete projects assigned where
Numerical grading may be used. The final grade will be a full letter grade (A-F).