Vital Information
Academy of Legal Studies
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL  33813

Lead Teacher:  Andrea Fugate
Phone:  (863) 648-3566
Fax:  (863) 648-3573

Areas of Interest:  Legal

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Required Courses

Computing for College and Career

This course is designed to provide a basic overview of current business and information systems used in the legal profession. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency with touch keyboarding and fundamental computer applications. Students will develop proficiency with computers using databases, spreadsheets, presentation applications, and the integration of these programs using software that meets industry standards, specifically Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). The development of writing skill will be a primary focus of the course.

Comprehensive Legal Studies

Students will explore the American legal system and conduct a comprehensive examination of civil and criminal law. Topics include historical antecedents for law, reason for laws, civil and criminal law, social values and their impact on the establishment and interpretation of laws, causes and consequences of crime, comparison of adult and juvenile justice systems, significance of the Bill of Rights to the American legal system, family and consumer law, rights and responsibilities under the law, and the importance of the adversarial relationship in American jurisprudence.

Legal Concepts of Business

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the legal aspects of business. Topics include ethics, business crimes, negligence, product liability, contracts, property, forms of business ownership, insurance, governmental regulations, agency, employment, and career development. The use of computers is an integral part of this program. Emphasis is placed on legal analysis and higher-order thinking skills. Students learn to solve legal problems using the issue-rule-analysis-conclusion (IRAC) approach. Simple mock trials are employed to accentuate key concepts from the course.

Legal Office Technology I

In this course students will learn office procedures specific to the legal environment. Students will continue to develop computer skills through application of higher-level office tasks and communication skills. Students will use legal terminology, prepare legal documents, maintain and utilize a legal reference library, use a legal and ethical procedures in the legal office, use specialized legal software, and perform specialized records management functions specific to the legal field. Students will be introduced to trial preparation through mock trials.

Legal Office Technology II

This course expands the competencies learned in Legal Office Technology I. Writing skills and quality of work will be emphasized. Students will continue to develop research and writing skills by preparing memoranda, trial briefs, wills, and other forms of legal documents. Students will transcribe legal documents from machine dictation. Mock trial preparation will become more complex , requiring comprehensive application of legal skills developed to date. Students will learn the various career options available in law through personal contact with legal secretaries, paralegals, court reporters, lawyers, and other legal professionals.

Legal Office Technology III

This course expands the competencies learned in Legal Office Technology II. It is designed to fully develop legal research and writing skills as well as provide a capstone course for legal studies students. Students will develop cases for trial from start to finish, including the taking of depositions, online legal research, document preparation, trial preparation, and mock trial performance. Students will learn to manage time efficiently, demonstrate knowledge of the rules of lawyer/client confidentiality, demonstrate familiarity with different governmental agencies, and demonstrate knowledge of the various types of law practices.