2014-2015 Paralegal Schedule

PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF TERMS, GRADUATION AND PARALEGAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Advisory Committee Meetings:

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 Noon to 1:15 (Buchheit Board Room)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 Noon to 1:15 (Ellis Hall)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 Noon to 1:15 (Buchheit Board Room)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 Noon to 1:15 (Buchheit Board Room)

GRADUATION:  Sunday, November 22nd @ 3:30 p.m.

 FALL I, 2014 TERM

Tuesdays:                    September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18

Thursdays:                  September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20

GRADUATION:  Sunday, November 23, 2014  @ 3:30 p.m. 

Currently registering students for the Fall II 2014 term (see additional info below):

FALL II, 2014 TERM

NO Class November 25 or 27, 2014      NO Class December 23 or 25, 2014       NO Class December 30, 2014 or Jan 1, 2015           

Tuesdays:                    December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17

Thursdays:                  December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19

SPRING I, 2015 TERM 

Tuesdays:                    February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays:                  February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

SPRING II, 2015 TERM

(Each course will ONLY meet 8 times with 2 independent/community attendance)

Tuesdays:                    May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23

Thursdays:                  May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25

SUMMER, 2015 TERM 

Tuesdays:                    July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; September 1, 8

Thursdays:                  July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10

FALL I, 2015 TERM

Tuesdays:                    September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17

Thursdays:                  September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19

FALL II, 2015 TERM 

NO Class November 24 or 26, 2015   NO Class December 22 or 24, 2015     NO Class December 29 or 31, 2015

             

Tuesdays:                    December 1, 8, 15; January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16

Thursdays:                  December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18

SPRING I, 2016 TERM 

Tuesdays:                    February 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26

Thursdays:                  February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28

SPRING II, 2016 TERM 

(Each course will ONLY meet 9 times with 1 independent/community attendance)

Tuesdays:                    May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays:                  May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Currently registering students for the Fall OI 2014 term:

The Fall I 2014 term of the Paralegal Certificate Program at SMC will begin soon and I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!  The following required course will be offered:

Tuesday evenings       Advance Legal Research and Writing (R)   – Instructor:  Jennifer Jordan, Spartanburg County Solicitor

Hot Topics in Law (LS) – Instructor: Yvonne Harper, Director of SMC Paralegal Program, Various speakers, and field trips

Thursday evenings    Ethics and Professional Responsibility (R)   - Instructor:  Spartanburg County Magistrate Judge Donnie Willingham

Advanced Legal Research and Legal Writing * – Legal Research is a prerequisite to this course. Students will be introduced to the concepts of legal reasoning and legal precedent. Students will learn how to prepare for and execute a legal research project including, analysis and synthesis of legal resources, verification of current case law and statutes, and proper citation of legal resources. Writing instruction will emphasize grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, word usage and analysis. Students will prepare an interoffice memorandum.

Hot Topics in Law – Guest speakers each evening will speak on various “hot” legal topics. This course will also feature aspect of popular culture – the film – to examine how the different components of the American legal system are portrayed by Hollywood.   The questions we will debate over the term: Does popular culture exalt or indict the American legal system?  Have these cinematic images changed over time?  Does  Hollywood accurately depict the American legal system, and is it from these screen images that young Americans develop their opinions regarding lawyers and the law?

Legal Ethics – This course will familiarize students with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Code of Judicial Conduct of the American Bar Association as well as the South Carolina Statutes. Emphasis will be placed on the ethics and legal responsibilities of the paralegal.

Registration needs to be completed and returned by November 24, 2014.   2014 Paralegal Program REGISTRATION FORM

You are welcome to email your registration to harpery@smcsc.edu or fax to 864-587-4350.  For additional assistance, please contact me at (864) 266-7409 or harpery@smcsc.edu.  I look forward to helping you achieve your educational and career goals.

 

2014-2015 Paralegal Registration Form available for download here.