LEGL – Legal Studies
Introduction to Law I
Students are given an overview of the areas of substantive law that are of special interest to the office assistant student. Topics included are the judicial system and the constitution, contracts, tort law, criminal law, and civil law procedures.
Introduction to Law II
Students continue the overview of substantive law provided in Introduction to Law I. The student is introduced to the law governing wills and inheritance, family law, personal property and real property. Students are introduced to the civil litigation process from the opening of a file through to drafting documents and procedure to trial. Students are introduced to the rules and procedures governing this area of law and learn how to draft pleadings and documents typically used in a litigation practice.
Prerequisites: LEGL 100.
Legal Computing and Procedures
Through the analysis of legal information, management and preparation of business and legal correspondence and legal documents, this course focuses on developing students' knowledge of legal software and development of proficiency required for effective use of commonly used legal software. Students will be introduced to legal procedures used in the modern legal environment and learn how information is managed in the legal environment.
Financial Procedures for the Law Office
Students study law office administration, with a focus on the procedures and concepts used in law office accounting/trust accounting.
Paralegals and the Legal Environment
Students examine the role of the paralegal professional in Alberta, including the paralegal's role in law firms and other legal environments. Students will learn how the profession is governed by ethical rules and the Code of Conduct. Students will examine the organization and operation of the law office, learn techniques for practice management and develop skills for managing the client relationship.
Co-requisites: LEGL 299.
Business Law I
Students are introduced to the Canadian legal system and substantive areas of law that are of special interest to the business student. Topics of study include tort, contract, ethics, agency, partnership and corporations. The student acquires a general knowledge of the basic principles of business law and is able to apply them to everyday business situations. Note: Students can obtain credit in only one of LEGL 105 and LEGL 210.
Legal Research and Analysis
Students are introduced to the fundamental elements of legal research including analysis of primary and secondary research materials. This course focuses on legal research tasks and analysis, including researching and citing case law, statutes, regulations and legal treatises and monographs.
Students examine the principles of employment law and its effects on human resources policies and procedures. Students apply contract principles to the employment relationship from both employer and employee perspectives to achieve equitable employment relations. Legislation examined includes labour standards, human rights and privacy. This course does not discuss unionized workplaces.
Legal Drafting and Information Management Procedures
In conjunction with its pre-requisite course, LEGL 116, Legal Drafting and Procedures further develops student skills in analyzing, organizing and communicating legal information using legal drafting and document preparation skills necessary in a modern legal environment. Students are introduced to related legal information management procedures used in the legal environment.
Prerequisites: LEGL 116 or LEGL 170.
Students are introduced to substantive law as well as the procedures for criminal law in Canada. Topics include, definitions of offences, related defences, effect of the Charter of Rights on the administration of criminal law, search and seizure powers, arrest, disclosure of information held by the Crown Prosecutor and trial processes.
Students learn the procedural and substantive law governing Alberta proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, and federal corporations, as well as the processes to create, maintain, amend and terminate the registrations of such organizations.
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Students explore contemporary developments in law and the practice of civil litigation and dispute resolution alternatives. Subject matter will include litigation steps and processes such as commencement and pleadings, applications, discovery, trial preparation and judgment procedures under the Rules of Court, Court of Queen’s Bench Act and Provincial Court Act. Students will examine selected topics in the litigation process such as personal injury actions, settlement, experts, and civil appeals and will explore alternatives to litigation including alternative dispute resolution methods such as judicial dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.
Real Estate Transactions
Students learn the basics of real property law, and in particular how those principles apply to the purchase and sale of real estate. The Alberta Land Titles system is explored in detail. The standard form Real Estate purchase contract is analyzed. The methodology involved in concluding a Real Estate transaction is also covered.
Creditor and Debtor Law
Students learn significant aspects of creditors’ and debtors' rights, including relevant statute and case law. The emphasis is on provincial legislation and case law relating to the bringing of debt collection processes and the various means of enforcing a judgment. The enforcement of various security interests and other creditor remedies such as landlords' rights of distress are also reviewed.
Prerequisites: LEGL 210.
Students learn general legal principles surrounding the disposition of property. They explore the law governing the drafting of wills, estates disposition, and substitute decision making (powers of attorney, personal directives and dependent adults). A brief introduction to the law of trusts is also included.
Students learn the substantive and procedural law relating to family law matters, including divorce actions, family law chambers applications and desk divorce applications. Students complete a research project on either a procedural or substantive family law topic. The procedural topic will emphasize document production, in conformity, with the Rules and Practice Directives.
Legal Technology for Paralegals
This course provides an overview of the technological tools that are often utilized in the legal services environment. Students become familiar with different technology tools that increase efficiency and productivity; including software for project management, docketing/accounting, e-Discovery and evidence management, secure web transfer, among others tools. Students will also learn about data management and protection as well the capabilities arising from OCR and Metadata characteristics. Prior completion of LEGL 231 and LEGL 235 is strongly recommended.
Students examine the role of the paralegal professional in Alberta, including the paralegal's role in law firms and other legal environments. Students will learn how the profession is governed by ethical rules and the Code of Conduct. Students will examine the organization and operation of the law office, learn techniques for practice management and develop skills for managing the client relationship. This course includes a 5 week practicum in which students will observe and work as a student intern.
Prerequisites: Minimum 21 credits of completed LEGL course work.
Paralegal Studies Practicum
This course (which is to be taken concurrently with LEGL 200) comprises of a 5-week practicum in which students will observe and work as a student intern. The practicum normally takes place in May and June following completion of the student's final term of studies. This course is intended to be taken by students who will have completed all of the requirements of the Paralegal Studies diploma program and who will be a position to graduate upon completion of LEGL 299 and LEGL 200. An assignment may be substituted for the practicum placement in extraordinary circumstances where practicums are not available (such as in the Covid-19 environment). Note: Credit may be granted for either LEGL 292 OR LEGL 200 plus LEGL 299.
Prerequisites: Minimum 24 credits of completed LEGL course work.
Co-requisites: LEGL 200.
Administrative Law and the Regulatory Environment
Students are introduced to the law that determines how the powers of government and regulatory authorities affect citizens, companies and organizations. Students will gain insight into the governance of modern society through statutory regulations, tribunals and agencies created by government and supervised by the courts. The law is discussed in terms of principles applicable to the boards' hearings and what principles of review and appeal are possible to the Courts. The relationship between the citizen and government is explored by examining specific commissions and authorities established by government.
International Business Transactions
Students are introduced to basic principles of international law, the legal structure of the contemporary international business environment, Canada's international trade law and services, fundamentals of common international dispute resolution methods and a selection of common international business transactions.
Law of Business Transactions
Students will apply legal principles for common business transactions such as confidentiality agreements, partnership agreements, unanimous shareholder agreements, various methods of commercial finance agreements, including secured transactions and equity financing. They will also master the principles and rules concerning the purchase and sale of commercial land and personal property, the purchase of a business enterprise through either purchase of shares of a corporation or by the purchase of assets of a business.
Prerequisites: LEGL 210.
Legal Issues in the Workplace
Students apply the principles of employment law with an emphasis on analysis of legal risks and liabilities. The course surveys important legal issues that arise between employers and non-unionized employees. The course applies contract principles to the employment relationship from both employer and employee perspectives to achieve equitable employment relations. This course does not discuss unionized workplaces.
Business Law II
Students examine selected business law topics including the Sale of Goods Act and consumer protection legislation, priority of creditors and enforcement of secured and unsecured debt obligations, the law of personal and real property including enforcement of mortgages along with bailment of personal property and landlord and tenant relationships. The course includes an introduction to the various forms of intellectual property including copyright, patents, trade-marks, and industrial designs. In addition, the student learns about common law protection of confidential information and trade secrets along with protecting intellectual property in the online environment.
Prerequisites: LEGL 210.
Law of Business Organizations
Students are introduced to the three principal forms of business organization (proprietorships, partnerships, corporations) including variations of these forms such as limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, professional corporations as well as distributing and non-distributing corporations. Students evaluate the advantages and costs of all three forms pertinent to business persons in Alberta and Canada. Topics include liability and duties of directors and officers of corporations and shareholders' rights and remedies. Students are introduced to the process of forming a simple non-distributing corporation in Alberta. Students need not have taken any previous Business Law course to benefit from this course.
Real Estate Law
Students learn the basics of real property law, and other legal rules relating to the ownership and use of real property in Alberta. Various types of land ownership are explored, and the Alberta Land Titles system is examined in some detail. The students also gain and understanding of the essentials of mortgages and leases (both commercial and residential). Finally, matters dealing with responsibility for and restrictions on land use, both as outlined in legislation and the common law, are covered.
Prerequisites: LEGL 210.
Intellectual Property Law
Students are introduced to the principal forms of intellectual property (IP), including copyright, patents, trademarks, industrial designs and confidential information (trade secrets). IP law will be discussed using the case law method with reference to applicable legislation. Students will be able to understand the place of IP law in innovation and develop an IP strategy for business and non profit enterprises.
Prerequisite: Minimum of C- in one 300 level LEGL course.
Ethics and the Law
This course explores the relationship between ethics and the law, between legal rules and the ethical overlay of law. Through reported judicial decisions, legal commentary and current events, students will explore the diversity and range of law as it relates to ethics.
Prerequisite: Minimum of C- in one 300 level LEGL course.
Law of Corporate Finance
Students are introduced to the law and practice of financing corporations in Canada. Topics covered include the legal nature of equity and debt, basic securities law, structure of the Canadian public markets, private company fundraising, public company finance, private and public mergers & acquisitions and the due diligence process. Processes, procedures, forms of agreements and standard terms & conditions relating to corporate finance law will be discussed, with the goal of providing students with a foundational understanding of the law relevant to the process of raising capital for business growth and development.
Individual Research Topics in Legal Studies
This course permits a senior-level student to work with an instructor to explore a specific topic in depth through research or directed reading in primary and secondary sources. The student plans, executes, and reports the results of their independent research or study project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise his or her project.
Legal Issues in Indigenous Business Relations
Students will gain insight into the intersection between law and policy in developing and sustaining successful business relations involving Indigenous people, communities, and territory.
Prerequisites: 300-level LEGL course.
Special Topics in Legal Studies in Business
This course involves reading, discussing and critically evaluating current research on specialized topics of interest to senior students in the Bachelor of Commerce who declare their major in Legal Studies in Business. Topics covered vary with the interests of students and faculty and may include an applied field research component in business, government or community. Students should consult with faculty members in the Department of International Business, Marketing, and Strategy and Law for details regarding current offerings.
Prerequisite: Minimum of C- in one 300 level LEGL course and consent of the department chair or designate.
Independent Studies in Business Law
In consultation with and supervised by a member of the department or an approved professional in the community, a senior student undertakes advanced scholarly work related to the field of legal studies in business. The faculty member guides the student in designing and undertaking this work, using appropriate assumptions and methods to arrive at warranted conclusions and outcomes that will advance legal studies in business knowledge or practice. Note: This course can be taken twice for credit.