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How your online law class works 



Our Law Home page

How do I get Started

How our online classes work

Important Computer Set Up

Guidelines in taking online classes


Costs & Curriculum


Please carefully read all the information at http://welcome.pbworks.com , http://profj.us/start and http://missionlaw.pbwiki.com/start - Syllabus-General for all of our law classes - All of our online paralegal students are responsible for the information and instructions at these three websites.

We all learn things in different manners. Take the VARK survey ( a guide to learning styles)  to see how you learn, and methods to enhance and improve your learning.  


Read information and watch etudes tutorial - http://etudes.pbworks.com

Set up your computer - http://missiononline.pbworks.com/setup  

Read how to be a successful online student - http://missionparalegal.pbworks.com/success


Our online law classes are Asynchronous-Paced Online Courses. This means you can read the material, and do the exercises at any time during the week, but you must meet the weekly deadlines for Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes, and Tests. Please note, we do not accept late work,  so plan your time accordingly. Please print out the duedates for each class to make sure you complete your class work "on time" . The course is run through a program, called Etudes - read more about etudes at http://etudes.pbworks.com 


The class is scheduled to run from Monday to Sunday.  All your class work is due on Sunday evening by 11:55 pm, giving you essentially a week to do each section. This means you can work at your own pace to complete all of the work.  The deadlines for work are found at "duedates" and also under your moodle classroom.  You can login to your class on Sunday morning before the start of each semester.   


You can find all of your work, in two places, one on the left side of your etudes classroom under "assignments", "forums" and "quizzes", or if you scroll down the page you will see in the middle of the page each assignment, quiz and forum for our posting. Click on the item and then post.


1. Quizzes - You can only submit each quiz one time, and receive one score for each quiz. Quizzes in Law 1/2/10/16/19 are all timed. One hour or 60 minutes to complete the quiz. You can only submit it one time. Once you open the quiz you must then complete it.  Quizzes  based on West Business Law 12th edition - has multiple choice quizzes. Other classes like Law 11 and 18 have questions to answer, and other classes have assignments called "tests" which requires submission of work. (Please note that Law 2 may differ from the above).


2. Discussions - (Forums)  - these are open ended questions that are posted on a forum. They are in the nature of a "classroom discussion". Your participation is required, and you will recceive a total of 15% of your grade for your participation in these forum discussions (which will only be entered by your online instructor at the end of the session).    Please be courteous in any of your postings and responses to other students. "Reasonable Minds" can differ, but please be polite.



New requirement for postings (starting Winter 2009 session)  - initial posting due by  Wednesday of every week, and at least 2 responses to class mates by Sunday


You will be required to post an entry to the class forum by Thursday of each week and you must respond to at least 2 of your class mates by Sunday of each week. Your grade on discussions and your 2 responses to each forum discussion is based upon the following: - "avoid responses like "me too" or a response that is irrelevant or adds nothing to the discussion, or does not provide support for your position expressed, and shows minimal reflection. Your postions taken in your responses to other students should be articulated with good support and demonstrate reflection.  Active participation in each forum is required. Your grade in forums will not be posted until the end of the session. It is 10% of your final grade, so it can make a difference between an A and a B, etc. grade if you do not participate. (note: Law 2 forums may differ from the above.)


3. Assignments - generally these will be related to your textbook or class subject. Sometime you will be asked to generate a word document and upload it to the site. Normally you can just post your text in a box for each assignment. You will be able to see the date and time you submitted your assignments by clicking on "assignments" on the left side of your etudes page. It is recommended that you go to your assignments, and copy the materials, questions, resources, references, cases, and then "log off", word process your answers to each question, case, assignment, etc. and then "log in" again and "copy and paste" from your word processor on your computer over to the moodle posting "box" which appears under each assignment in moodle. Please carefully read about "save changes" in the etudes classroom, and do not use it as your word processor. (Please note that Law 2 may differ from the above).


4. Questions - If you have a question about the class, schedule, or other course related items:


  • You may post it under Questions? 
  • Think of the Questions? as raising you hand in a traditional class. This way all the students can hear your questions. 


Please follow these rules for posting:

    • Make sure you put text in the subject section that will tell the reader what the question is about.
    • Make sure you give your instructor enough detail in the body of your questions posting so your instructor knows what it is about ? remember the instructor is not there looking over your shoulder.
    • Don't wait for your instructor to answer the questions, if you know, jump right in!
    • Let's use good english, "pls" (LOL) do not use Text Messaging shorthand
    • If you know the answer to a question, don't be shy jump in and answer it for your fellow student.


5. Communications 


  • Class News - This is an important page that you need to check each time you login. This is where your instructor posts the lastest news, changes, assignment reminders and tips. You are automatically subscribed to this forum, which means you will get pesky email reminders everytime I post to this forum. 
  • Email -Rules
    1. We prefer to reserve email for personal questions.
      • If you have questions about the course material post it on the Questions Forum.
      • If you have a personal question, like about grades, absences or illness, then send your online law faculty instructor an email.
    2. Sign your email with your full name - We cannot  tell who you are from your email address in many cases.
    3. Our online law faculty are committed to respond to Emails with 36 hours, exept on weekend and holidays  I you have not heard from your online instructor, send them another email and check to see that you have followed the rules above.
    4. Good netiquette is required.
    5. Respect the privacy of other class members. Their emails are available for class use only! 


      ** thanks to J.P - from LASC for permission to use some of the text and ideas above.


      Please contact your online instructor on "content questions". Feel free to contact Prof J. - Director of the Paralegal Studies Program on all other questions - cell phone 818-415-2015, email: abogado@pacbell.net


      Read "Welcome Message" and "Get Started"  




      If you need help with your classes contact your Paralegal Tutors (by email only). 


      Due dates (includes syllabus and calendar)


      Important Dates




      Enjoy your classes, welcome aboard, and work hard. 



      Prof J.

      updated:  1/25/14




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