House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

LGLA-2303-01 (Torts-Personal Injury Law)

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 #10207
Course Subject-Number-SectionLGLA-2303-01
Course TitleTorts-Personal Injury Law
Course Description The fundamental concepts of tort law with emphasis on the paralegalĘs role. Topics include intentional torts, negligence and strict liability.
Course Prerequisites LGLA 1307 (may be taken concurrently)
Required Textbooks Torts and Personal Injury Law, Wm. R. Buckley, Lawyers                                 Cooperative Publishing, Latest Ed.
Learning Objectives OBJECTIVES:

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

         1.        Interview lay witnesses in tort cases.

2.        Classify damages in tort causes of action.

3.        Apply the concepts of negligence per se and res ipsa loquitur.

4.        Distinguish between actual cause and proximate cause.

5.        Differentiate between contributory negligence and assumption of the risk.

6.        Explain strict liability.

7.        Apply the elements of various types of intentional torts to client situations.

Major Assignments Two document drafting assignments of equal weight: negligence petition and defamation petition.
Discussion Topics Torts concepts and application in the law office.
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 A. Three regular exams of approximately 50 questions each, of equal

weight, comprised of objective, short answer, and essay questions.        60%

        B. Two document drafting assignments of equal weight: negligence petition and defamation petition.                20%

        C. Final exam, noncumulative, with approximately 50 questions,

comprised of objective, short answer, and essay questions.                15%

        D. Attendance                5%

Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 9:00 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.

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