Academic Calendar

LEGL – Legal Studies

LEGL 100
Introduction to Law I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 104
Introduction to Law II
3 Credits          Weekly (4-0-0)

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.

LEGL 110
Introduction to Legal Research
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students are introduced to the fundamental elements of legal research including a study of primary and secondary research materials. This course focuses on the legal research tasks commonly undertaken in a legal working environment, including researching and citing case law, statutes and regulations.

LEGL 130
Corporate Procedures
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn the procedural and substantive law governing Alberta proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, and federal corporations, as well as the processes to create and maintain the registrations of such organizations.

LEGL 140
Introduction to the Law Office
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students examine the organization and operation of the law office. Topics covered include law office systems and billing, avoidance of unauthorized practice of law, ethics, dealing with the client, and time management. The Legal Profession Act and Rules of the Law Society of Alberta are reviewed.

LEGL 150
Residential Real Estate Transactions
3 Credits          Weekly (4-0-0)

Students learn how to assist a lawyer on a residential real estate transaction from opening to closing of the file. They master the basic principles of Alberta real estate law and the Alberta Land Titles system as these relate to the buying, financing and selling of residential properties. Students examine the Alberta Real Estate Association's approved Real Estate Purchase Contract and learn what searches are required, how to apply the results, prepare a Statement of Adjustments and other necessary documents on a mock file. Finally, they distinguish between and complete both traditional closings and Western Law Societies' Protocol closings.

LEGL 160
Civil Litigation Procedures I
3 Credits          Weekly (2-2-0)

Students are introduced to the steps taken on a civil litigation file. From opening the file, to preparing for trial and obtaining judgment, students work on mock files, drafting legal documents and tracking deadlines.

LEGL 170
Technology in the Law Office I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students continue to work with word processing software used in legal offices in preparing documents relating to a law firm using advanced functions. Students achieve an intermediate level of competence which includes the ability to manage desktop and electronic files, incorporate tables and columns in documents, and produce brochures. Students are introduced to other software commonly used in law firms.

Prerequisites: OADM 103.

LEGL 180
Financial Procedures for the Law Office
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students study law office administration, with a focus on the procedures and concepts used in law office accounting/trust accounting.

LEGL 210
Business Law I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 211
Legal Research and Analysis
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 212
Employment Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 215
Commercial Transactions
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students will apply legal principles to documentation 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. They also master the rules of Alberta's Personal Property Registry system and learn how to interpret public registry search results.

LEGL 220
Criminal Law Procedures
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students are introduced to substantive law as well as the procedures for criminal law in Canada. Topics include search and seizure powers, arrest, disclosure of information held by the Crown Prosecutor and trial processes.

LEGL 221
Criminal Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 230
Civil Litigation Procedures II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students review selected topics in the litigation process such as personal injury actions, settlement, experts, and civil appeals. Students begin with a discussion of automobile litigation and car insurance. Students explore alternatives to the litigation process. The emphasis is on document production in conformity with the Rules and Practice Directives.

Prerequisites: LEGL 160.

LEGL 231
Corporate Procedures
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 235
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 240
Technology in the Law Office II
3 Credits          Weekly (4-0-0)

Students increase proficiency with word processing software commonly used in legal settings and with machine transcription. Students develop proficiency in using other commonly used software including database and spreadsheet programs.

Prerequisites: LEGL 170.

LEGL 250
Real Estate Transactions
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 260
Credit and Collection Procedures
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn practical aspects of creditors' rights, including relevant statute law. The emphasis is on provincial legislation and procedural rules relating to the bringing of a simple debt action and the various means of enforcing a judgment. Realizing on various security interests is also reviewed.

Prerequisites: LEGL 160 and LEGL 215.

LEGL 261
Creditor and Debtor Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 270
Estate Procedures
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Students learn which assets form part of the estate of a deceased and which do not. They explore the intricacies of the law governing people who die without a will. They learn about Alberta's laws governing substitute decision-making and the relevant documents available. They learn basics of the law of wills and how to take instructions for and prepare a will for signature. Finally, they learn the law and procedures for two key court applications: application for probate and application for a dependent adult order, and they prepare those documents.

LEGL 271
Estate Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 280
Family Law Procedures
3 Credits          Weekly (4-0-0)

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 mock file, with emphasis on document production in conformity with the Rules and Practice Directives.

LEGL 281
Family Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 290
Law Office Simulation
3 Credits          Weekly (4-0-0)

Students prepare mock files independently in various areas of law in a simulated office setting. Students are expected to prioritize and organize workloads while demonstrating the professionalism required of staff in a legal office.

LEGL 291
Legal Technology for Paralegals
3 Credits          Weekly (0-3-0)

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.

LEGL 292
Paralegal Studies
3 Credits          Total (45-0-120)

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 3 week practicum in which students will observe and work as a student intern.

Prerequisites: Minimum 21 credits of completed LEGL course work.

LEGL 295
Legal Fieldwork
3 Credits          Total (0-0-180)

Students gain practical experience over a 5-week period by observing the work and responsibilities of personnel working in a law office. Students participate in the operation of a law office, working as student interns under the supervision of law office personnel.

Prerequisites: LEGL 110, 140,180, 210, 220, 230, 240 or consent of the program.

LEGL 308
Administrative Law and the Regulatory Environment
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 310
International Business Transactions
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: LEGL 210 or LEGL 211.

LEGL 312
Legal Issues in the Workplace
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: LEGL 210 or LEGL 211.

LEGL 315
Business Law II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 320
Law of Business Organizations
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 350
Real Estate Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 360
Legal Foundations of Indigenous Business Relations
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

In this introductory course students will establish a foundational understanding of historical and contemporary contexts of law and policy affecting current Indigenous-Canadian business relationships. Particular focus is given to western Canadian (Prairie Province) issues.

Prerequisites: LEGL 210 or LEGL 211.

LEGL 420
Intellectual Property Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 430
Ethics and the Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 450
Individual Research Topics in Legal Studies
3 Credits          Total (0-0-45)

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.

Prerequisites: LEGL 210 & LEGL 211 & Consent of the Department.

LEGL 460
Advanced Legal Issues in Indigenous Business Relations
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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: LEGL 360.

LEGL 497
Special Topics in Legal Studies in Business
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

LEGL 498
Independent Studies in Business Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.