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LEID 101 INTRODUCTION TO LAW – 3 credits seated

An introduction to the legal system and an explanation of the legislative and judicial process, how a legal rule is generated and maintained by the judicial system. Emphasis will be placed on jurisdiction, the development of the law through the court systems, torts, criminal law and procedure, business law, property law, family law and contracts. At the conclusion of this course students will have a working knowledge of legal terminology and have acquired an understanding of our legal system. Specifically, students will have gained an understanding of the following at the end of the semester: The role of the paralegal in the legal system; classification of the law including federal vs. state and civil law vs. criminal; Civil litigation and the role of the paralegal including introduction to pleadings and trial preparation; identification of basic torts and their defenses; basic contract elements; types of real and personal property; legal consequences of marriage and divorce; and elements of crimes and defenses to crimes. 


This class will serve as an introduction to general translation skills, the role of interpreter ethics in a courtroom setting and important legal terminology. At the conclusion of this course the students will have an understanding of the language of law as a listener and speaker to related parties such as the judge, witnesses and attorneys. 

SIGHT TRANSLATION – 3 credits seated

Students will learn the elements of sight translation and the application of this mode of translation in the legal domain. Students will develop skills to deliver sight translations by practicing reading comprehension, paraphrasing, chunking, syntactical analysis, terminology research, reformation, public speaking and translation. Students will be prepared to deliver sight translation of texts of up to 300 works within a limited time frame. Class will contain a 24 hour practical component in a language lab.

LEID 204 TRIAL PROCESS – 3 credits online

This class is a study of the trial process, examining pre-trial preparation and documentation, making a trial notebook, and preparing complex litigation for trial. Post-trial motion practice and appellate practice are also discussed. Emphasis will be placed on jury selection, opening statements, evidence, direct and cross examination, and closing arguments.


This course will consist of the following topics: Establishing the Professional Relationship, Negligence--Based Claims, Informed Decision Making, Causation and Damages, Affirmative Defenses, Limitations and Immunities, Vicarious Liability and Multiple Defendants, Hospital Liability, Contract, Warranty and Strict Liability, and Reform action of the Litigation System. Our society has grown increasingly litigious while at the same time advances in medical technology and health care have increased the complexity of health care. As a result, a sizeable practice of both plaintiff and defense medical negligence has been created. Moreover, in response to both real and perceived crises in health care, much legislation has addressed this highly specialized area of personal injury litigation. Students will be introduced to topics such as the historical development of this area of law and litigation, risk management and prevention issues, insurance issues, discovery issues, causation and investigation, pretrial issues specific to medical malpractice claims, and trial of these claims.   


This class will provide lectures and practice for students from different backgrounds and abilities to improve their consecutive interpreting skills. The class will focus on court interpreting exercises regarding testimony, terminology, trial preparation and any other legal setting in which these skills are needed. Class will contain a 24 hour practical component in a language lab.

LEID 207 FAMILY LAW – 3 credits online

Survey of the legal structure of the family with emphasis on the law of marriage, divorce, child custody and support. Emphasis will be placed on marriage issues such as, formation of marriage, prenuptial agreements, termination of marriage, and tax consequences. The course also will contain child issues such as legal status of children, child custody, child support, and adoption.


Course involves the legal aspects involved in today’s health-care field as it relates to the health-care providers, the administrative staff, the patient and the health insurance companies. Current legislation and regulatory issues will be explored along with legal aspects of medical ethics. 


Students will learn the elements of simultaneous interpretation and the applications of this mode in the legal setting. Students will develop skills to deliver accurate simultaneous interpretation in a courtroom by first learning the importance of “decalage” and by participating in practical exercises to increase comprehension and delivery speed. Class will include lecture and language laboratory classes, during which students will be faced with exercises and real-life court proceedings of increasing level of difficulty and complexity in different areas of the law. 

LEID 245 CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE – 3 credits online

This course provides students with an overview an analysis of the American system of criminal justice including the crime problem, police judicial system and correctional agencies. Students will be exposed to intake forms in the criminal system from arraignment to prosecution. Students will also learn about the areas of bail arraignment, alternate resolutions, pretrial motions, trial skills and sentencing. Students will also be provided a clinic like experience with ample opportunity to have practical skills training within each level of the criminal law process. 


Complete overview of tort and personal injury law. Emphasis will be placed on intentional torts, tort defenses, negligence, strict liability and products liability. Tort immunities and specific tort actions of nuisance and wrongful death will also be covered.