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Law 18

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Law 18 - Marriage & Family Law

Course Syllabus


Student Responsibility: Our online law program requires a comprehensive and complete understanding of a number of details, procedures and information. Students are assumed to have carefully read all of our procedures and policies located at our "Welcome Message" at http://welcome.pbwiki.com - which is a comprehesive collection of materials for our program. Students are held fully responsible for information contained at this central location.  Students must login to their online class and post their introduction and first set of assignments within a week from the start of the semester or session or they may be excluded and dropped from class, and not permitted to enter the moodle classroom.



Course Assignments:  The assignments for each class and the due dates are located at duedates for each class. If there is a "conflict" between the due dates and the moodle class assignments, quizzes, forums, text and materials, the  moodle materials will "over rule" if there are differences with the duedates.



see information on your instructor including website, office hours, phone no. etc. http://lamission.edu/law/lawfaculty.htm 


CATALOG: CSU 3 units. Law 18 is an introduction into Family Law. We will be studying different issues within family law with an emphasis on Dissolution. This includes different types of dissolution (Summary, Default, and Regular); jurisdiction issues; different forms of discovery; property issues; support issues (both spousal and child support); custody issues; domestic violence; child abuse & neglect; adoption; and non-traditional marriages.


Law 18 introduces the student to family law in general. It is part of the core curriculum in the Paralegal Certificate Program. The student will receive a general overview of law, the court system, court procedures, statutes, and cases.


With the emphasis on Dissolution, this is a forms preparations class. The student will learn how to find and fill out and file the appropriate forms in dissolution, the court rules, and applicable codes. Also, this course will offer the student practice in using the Internet to do legal research, through locating and using law, using search engines, and through other methods found on our paralegal WebPages.



CALIFORNIA FAMILY LAW FOR PARALEGALS by Marshall W. Waller published by Aspen Law & Business. You can pick the book up at our Mission College Bookstore, or ORDER IT ONLINE - see http://lamission.edu/law/textbooks .


By the end of the class, students will be able to:


1. demonstrate their knowledge in the substantive law and procedures of marriage and family law including Parent and Child, Jurisdiction, Family Law Judicial Council Forms, Property Rights, Child and Spousal Support, The Litigation Process, Resolving Issues Before Trial, Order to Show Cause matters, Enforcement, and Domestic Violence Protective Orders, preparing petition, response, dissolution of marriage forms and documents, and OSC motions


2. "think critically" in law, and in the area of marriage and family law


3. brief a law case in marriage and family law


4.  prepare certain legal documents, forms or papers in the area of Family Law including a simple divorce or dissolution of marriage.   .                                    



The class will be composed of quizzes, postings to an "electronic bulletin board" - threaded discussions, and written projects. The student should work off of the due dates for the class. The deadlines are clearly posted on the schedule. Quizzes will be posted and students are expected to fill in their answers to the multiple choice questions during a deadline period. After the time period has expired, the quiz link will no longer be available, and the student will NOT be allowed to take the quiz (certain exceptions might be made if the student emails his/her online instructor regarding exceptional family circumstances or situtations - not just "not enough time", or "late", and the instructor will decide and determine each request on the facts of the circumstances).


The "letter grade" scale is as follows.


A =  90-100 percent of total points

B =  80-89

C =  70-79

D =  60-69

F =  Below 60

Grade Distribution

Quizzes = 30 % of your grade

Assignments = 30 % of your grade

Forms = 30 % of your grade

Forum Discussions - Class participation points - posted at the end of class = 10 % of your grade

Office Hours: see Faculty page at http://lamission.edu/law/lawfaculty.htm - Office Hours, Mon. - Friday 9-5 pm at the Office Telephone number of each Faculty member, or upon special appointment - email the faculty member for your appointment date and time.


Course Structure: This course will be offered under a course management system. For the online class and its course management system check the online portal for Mission College at http://lamission.edu/online.




EXTRA CREDIT: Since the law is in constant change, along with the advent of the Internet, issues may arise that are timely and germane to our class. Therefore, opportunities may arise during the term that allow for extra credit, although no extra credit is presently offered.


INCOMPLETE: If you require a grade of "incomplete," you must advise me as soon as possible and discuss the terms of its removal.


ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic honesty is highly valued at Mission College, just as it is at all colleges and universities. A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the student's original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources. The student should also make it clear to what extent such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communications when the content of such communications clearly originates from an identifiable source. All submissions to any public meeting or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.


Course Assignments: see links under due dates - http://duedates.pbwiki.com


Course Evaluation:

The final grade will be determined by: averaging quizzes, discussion questions and written assignments, each assigned 100 or more points.


* This syllabus is subject to change. Please note revision dates ("updated") above. Students are responsible for the most recent  updated version of this syllabus.


Reasonable Accommodations:  If you are a student with a disability and require online class accommodations, please see Prof. Jordan an email to discuss arrangements.  The sooner we are aware that you are eligible for accommodations, the quicker we will be able to provide them.  If you have not done so already, you may also wish to contact the DSP&S Office in Instructional Building 1018 (phone 818/364-7732 TTD 818/364-7861). There website and resources are located at http://www.lamission.edu/dsps/


For students requiring accommodations, the DSP&S Office at Mission College provides special assistance in areas like: registering for courses, specialized tutoring, note-taking, mobility assistance, special instruction, testing assistance, special equipment, special materials, instructor communications, community referrals and job placement.


Updated: 11-12-09





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