House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

LGLA-1345-01 (Civil Litigation)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorQuist, Edward Browning
Phone(409) 984-6382
Business and Technology
Chair:Michael Trahan
Telephone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:MWF 9:55-10:55; MW 11:55-1:55; F 11:55-12:55; TR 1:20-2:20
Building:Student Center (PAMP)
Room #:401
Course Information
Course ID #10585
Course Subject-Number-SectionLGLA-1345-01
Course TitleCivil Litigation
Course Description The fundamental concepts and procedures of civil litigation with emphasis on the paralegalĘs role. Topics include pretrial, trial and post-trial phases of litigation.
Course Prerequisites Intro. to Law 1307 (may be taken concurrently)
Required Textbooks Civil Litigation, Kerley, Latest edition, Delmar Pub.
Learning Objectives Learning Outcome: Define and properly use terminology relating to civil litigation; locate, describe the role and ethical obligations of the paralegal in civil litigation; and draft documents commonly used in civil litigation.


At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

1.        Differentiate between the various types of remedies available in civil


2. Identify types of jurisdiction

3. Differentiate between various settlement documents

4. Identify after-trial litigation procedures

5. Identify various types of evidence

6. Prepare pleading and pretrial motions for federal civil lawsuits

7. Recognize proper circumstances to utilize amendments, default

judgments and injunctions in civil litigation

8.        Distinguish between various discovery tools

9.        Organize discovery materials for easy-retrieval

10.        Organize cases for trial

11.        Explain the basic parts of a trial

12.        Enforce judgments

13. Distinguish between ethical and unethical behavior in the litigation


Major Assignments Five projects drafting the following types of documents: motions,

petitions, and written discovery requests, equally weighted

Discussion Topics The paralegal's place in civil litigation
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with the equivalent of 12 absences may be dropped from class.
Determination of Final Grade Exams        60%

Projects/Homework/Special Assignments        20%

Final Exam (non cumulative)        15%

Attendance (see attendance policy, below)        5%

Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 10:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

Copyright ©2010 Lamar State College - Port Arthur. All Rights Reserved.