This course is the gateway course for the rest of the Legal Studies program. It is the prerequisite for all other courses besides Law . This is an excellent place to embed information literacy to develop skills needed for the remainder of the courses. As an Introduction to Legal Ethics, it is an excellent place to help students understand the importance of authoritative sources of information and the legal and ethical implications of not engaging with high quality sources of information.
Studies legal ethics and the nonlawyer professional’s role in a law office, corporate or public interest legal department, or government agency. Explores nature, scope and ethics of legal practice and the relationship of nonlawyer staff to lawyers, clients, the court system and the public. Legal practice in Alaska and the rules governing the unauthorized practice of law are emphasized. Foundational practice skills and principles of legal research and writing are introduced. Emphasizes professional skills development. Legal specialty course.
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