Topics in Paralegal Studies

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PAR 290

       Course Name: Topics in Paralegal Studies

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies depending on the specific topic

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers selected problems or topics in paralegal studies. Content and instructional methodology will vary semester to semester. A syllabus or course outline containing additional information will be available with preregistration materials each time that the course is offered. This course may be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to four credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. have an opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of selected topics or problems of a paralegal  studies nature.
  2. have the opportunity to learn paralegal study topics through the use of non‑traditional instructional delivery systems such as television, radio, newspapers, videotapes, etc., when available and appropriate.
  3. be permitted to study a topic which may not be a part of existing course content or which may be pursued in more depth than an existing course may permit.
  4. have the opportunity to do field work, internships, or take field trips. Such experience would be combined with readings, discussion, and guided research.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

The outline of the course can vary depending on the topic.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

While the course would vary with the topic, methods of presentation might include: television, videotapes, seminars, simulations on a local, state, or federal level, field experience in a legal environment, class discussion, small group activities, speakers, and films. All topics shall include discussion of ethical concepts where appropriate.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading Assignments
  2. Writing Assignments

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

TBA, as appropriate for the subject matter.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Depending on the topic, the course would involve exams, term papers, annotated bibliographical essays, a daily journal, and/or an oral presentation.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.