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Law 11 - Spring 2012 - Start

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Where do I Start


I am your online instructor - Prof. Jon Jackman - see my contact information at  http://lamission.edu/law/faculty/jackman  

Welcome to Law 11 - Legal Assisting II (Civil Litigation) (CSU) 3 Units at Mission College.  I serve as an in-house counsel for Nestle USA, Inc., subsidiary of Nestle S.A., the world's largest food and beverage company. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Law & Society with a Criminal Justice emphasis. I studied law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where I earned a JD and was an esteemed member of the coveted Dean's list. Over the past ten years, I have been working in the field of marketing and entertainment law, specializing in the area of Game Promotions. I was Director of Business & Legal Affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment and now currently serve as an in-house counsel for Nestle USA, Inc.'s Beverage, Confections & Snacks and emerging Markets divisions where I focus on Social Media. 

Law 11
This course is a detailed examination of civil and criminal cases, including civil litigation from the filing of a suit to the conclusion of a trial.  
Students will learn how to draft a complaint, prepare discovery, including interrogatories, summary of depositions, pre-trial motions, and trial documentation. 

This class is CSU transferable (3 Units). It is also one of the 12 law classes required for our paralegal certificate.  There are no prerequisites to take this class. 

Course Design
This class consists of 16 weeks of work (readings, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums, and legal documents, complaints, discovery, interrogatories and trail documentation.  All assignments, and quizzes must be submitted through our Course Management System (Moodle) by Sunday evenings at 11:55 pm. On Discussion Forums, students need to submit an original post by Wednesday at 11:55 pm, and then comment on two students posting by Sunday evening at 11:55 pm (for a total of 3 posts, one original, and two comments).

Grade distribution is as follows:

Assignments 45 %
Tests  40 %
Discussions  15 %
Will taking a class online work for you?

Online courses are not for everyone. Is the online format likely to work for you? To help you in determining whether to take this class online please take the assessment at http://bellevuecollege.edu/distance/WebAssess/  to help you make an informed decision. There is no shame in deciding to take an on campus class. If you'd like to discuss the issue with me, I'm available. Contact me at TBA or atjonathanjack1@aol.com  

Time Management

How much time should you expect to spend on this course? If you took this class on campus you would spend about 3 hours per week and and 3 hours per week for class readings, homework assignments, quizzes, etc. for a total of 6 hours per week.   This is close to 100 hours for the semester. Then there's the time spent outside of class doing readings, homework, Many previous students who were successful in this class report spending from 8 to 10 hours per week. Getting on the computer and "cramming for this week's quiz" didn't serve them well. Things went much better when that spent time several days during the week conducting their experiment, posting to the Discussion board, reading and studying. They scheduled in time to take the online quiz on the first or second day it was available. As a general guideline, you should expect to log in to your course at least 3-5 times a week. While there, check for any new announcements or emails from your instructor. 

 the class calendar and schedule your work load so you can submit work on time. Submitting assignments before the due date gives you some leeway in case you encounter unexpected problems. Submit work that demonstrates you have a clear understanding of the concepts under study. A very important goal of a college education is to expand your mind. So keep an open mind regarding course materials and other people's views.

Although Law 11 is an online course, it has firm deadlines. We do not accept "Late Work" - Please carefully review our Late Work Policy.  It is very important to keep up with the course work!

It is the responsibility of the student to consult the course calendar and keep up with all assignments, discussions, quizzes and exams. You may be withdrawn without notice if you do not login and post your introduction to class within the first two weeks of class. Also you may be withdrawn from class if your grade is below a 60, or a D.   If you have missed assignments or quizzes, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor to discuss your options.

You will get more out of your course if you and your instructor communicate well. Notify your instructor is you encounter problems or have concerns in a timely fashion. Students who do not post work, such as assignments, quizzes, forum discussions  with the instructor for five consecutive weeks may be automatically dropped from the class  Any missed assignments will be averaged in with a grade of zero. It is not the responsibility of your online instructor to drop you from your online class. It is the student's sole responsibility to drop the class in a timely fashion.

Disablity Resources

For students requiring accommodation the DSPS office provides special assistance in areas like: registering for courses, specialized tutoring, note-taking, mobility assistance, special instruction, testing assistance, special equipment, special materials, instructor liaisons, community referrals, and job placement.  The phone number for the Office of Students with Disabled Student Programs and Services is: (818) 364-7732, and their website is located at http://lamission.edu/dsps  


The syllabus lays out important information about course details. Including the course calendar, technology requirements, and how grades will be calculated in the course.  

Grading Policy
There are three components that determine your course grade Assignments, Tests/Quizzes, and Discussions, They are weighted as shown below to calculate your course grade:

Assignments 45 %
Tests  40 %
Discussions  15 %

Expect assignments to be graded within seven to ten days. You can check on the status of your assignment (whether it's been graded or not) by clicking on the Assignment tool. Your grade will be posted in the online course Grade book along with any feedback from your instructor. 


CLASS BIOGRAPHIESYou will find your instructor's autobiography posted in the "Discussion Board" of the class website. Please post your bio in the discussion board by Friday of week one. In your bio, please be sure to include:

Your name (firstname only),
Academic/Career GoalsExpectations of the class
How you found out about the class/program
Other items of interest, and 
Include any preliminary questions or concerns you have at this point.

DISCUSSION FORUMS: Every week a discussion questions posted to the website "FORUMS." You are required to post a answer to each discussion question by Wednesday of the forum week. Further, you are required to post, at least, one response to two or more of your classmates' initial responses. You are not required to respond to every classmate. You may, although this is a decision each student will make.  

Minimum THREE different days per forum week.  As we begin our online work together I want to discuss an important aspect of online learning, namely participation. Participation is an important part of this collaborative online learning environment. It is well documented that participation and collaboration does enhance learning & whether it be in-class or at a distance. You are encouraged to initiate and respond regularly and make sure your ideas are presented clearly and are substantive.  
Postings that lack substance will receive little or no credit.  For example, “I agree,”  “Good posting,” or similar messages that add little or nothing to the discussion will receive few, if any creditsDiscussions posted to the website are an important part of the learning that takes place in this class. In essence, we learn from each other. Share ideas or questions with your colleagues. Ask them questions. Share your own experiences. 


Class Meeting Discussions:

  • Please read, review, and reflect on each message PRIOR to posting to the forums. Remember: Others cannot get visual clues as to meaning, therefore, be careful in what and how you communicate.Once posted, messages cannot be deleted!
  • All postings to any meeting in this class are to be considered CONFIDENTIAL and for consideration and discussion only by members of this class.
  • Ask questions about areas of the subject that you wish to better understand or for clarification and/or amplification.
  • Read your classmates comments and presentations, and respond constructively.
  • Offer personal/professional experiences/observations relevant to the items being discussed.

Participation Rubric:





A minimum of 3 postings per forum on at least 3 separate days.

Less than 3 substantial postings.

Three requiredsubstantial postings.

More than the 3substantial required posting.  

Answers by Wednesday
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Respond to classmates by Sunday

Posting answers after Wednesday

Posting answers on  Wednesday

Posting answers before Wednesday

Well reasoned with appropriate analysis.

No response or lacks applicability.

Response is applicable, but may not be thorough or lacks depth.

Thorough response with appropriate depth.

Appropriate dialog with classmates

Responses do not clearly relate to topic.

Responses relate to topic.

Responses clearly relate to topic.

Appropriate grammar, spelling, and APA references.

Spelling and/or grammar errors.

No spelling or grammar errors..

No spelling, grammar errors, or punctuation errors.





Student deliverables should be submitted on the specified date by midnight of the student’s time zone. For purposes of scheduling, each week or module begins on Monday 12:01 AM and concludes the following Sunday at Midnight.   



VOCABULARY - You are expected to read and understand the material presented in the assigned text and articles you locate. 

FORMAT - Papers submitted should be written in accordance with the APABluebook, or other recognized formatting style

GRAMMAR - Use active voice in your writing. Also use the spelling and grammar check feature of your Word Processor before submitting your papers. 


Weekly quizzes are accessible via Quizzes on the left of your moodle page, or under weekly work. 

Each quiz is worth 100 points.   Each Chapter of your textbook will have a quiz, with 10 short answer and true/false. The short answer questions require an answer of 100-150 words, and each question is worth 10 points each. You prepare for these quizzes by carefully reading the textbook, and the quizzes are timed (1 hour or 60 minutes, which gives you 6 minutes per each question).  

Tests - Law 11 - Civil Litigation


Test # A - Chapter 1: Introduction to Litigation
Test # B -Chapter 2: Informal Fact Gathering and Investigation
Test # C -Chapter 3: Case Evaluation and Strategy
Test # D -Chapter 4: Parties and Jurisdiction 
Test # E -Chapter 5: Pleadings & Chapter 6 - Complaints, Answers, and Cross Claims & Chapter 7 - Special Pleadings 
Test # F -Chapter 8:  Introduction to Motions 
Test # G -Chapter 9 Motions Attacking the Pleadings & Chapter 10 Summary Judgments
Test # H -Chapter 11: Provisional Remedies 
Test # I -Chapter 12: Evidence 
Test # J -Chapter 13: Introduction to Discovery, Chapter 14 Written Discovery, and Chapter 15 Depositions
Test # K -Chapter 16: Settlements 
Test # L -Chapter 17: Trial Preparation, Trial, and Appeal 
Test # M -Chapter 18: Enforcement of Judgments

Test # N -Chapter 19: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contacting Your Instructor You can contact me at jonathanjack1@aol.com. I will do my best to return your email within 24 hours, during the weekdays, and 72 hours if over the weekend.. If I do not respond within that period of time, please email me a 2nd time. You also may call me on my cell phone at TBA.

Remember you can also post questions for your classmates under "Questions" at the top of the moodle classroom.  


There are no prerequisites for this class 

Technical Requirements
To be successful in this course you will need to have good basic computer skills. 

 include knowing how to:
· create files, edit them, save them, and retreive them · use a word processor (such as Microsoft Office Word or Open Office) to create,edit, save and retrieve a document · create, send, read, and reply to email messages · use a search engine to locate desired items on the internet · use a link to access an internet site · locate and copy the URL for an internet site

You will also need to have Adobe Acrobat reader and Adobe Flash player installed on your computer to access some of the course resources. These programs are free. You may already have them on your computer. If you don't have these programs or aren't sure if you have these programs, download them  

While you are in the process of downloading these software programs, be sure toremember the location on your computer to which you direct the download (the desktop works nicely). Once the download is complete, you should double click (click your mouse two times quickly) on the file name to install the program. Once the program has been installed, you can delete the original download from your desktop (or whatever location you directed it).

If these tasks seem somewhat daunting, you may want to consider enrolling in a basic
 computer course. The techniques you learn there will serve you in many capacities, including enrolling in an online course. 

Also if your computer works very slowly, you might want to download the tuneup utility which is "free" and run a clean up of your computer. This should improve the performance of your computer.   

Etiquette and Academic Integrity

Learning happens best in a comfortable environment, whether on campus or online. Thus disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior will lead to student disciplinary action, including possible withdrawal from the course. Examples of such behavior include posting unsuitable message on the Discussion board and/or sending inappropriate email messages to the instructor and/or classmates. A warning will be given to the student upon the first incident. Subsequent actions will be reported to the Department Chair, the appropriate Dean, and the VP of Student Services for further action. For net a guide netiquette click here

We take academic integrity seriously, whether you are in an on campus or online course.Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action falls into the general areas of cheating, plagiarism, verbal statements that threaten the educational process, violation of  California Law and/or college regulations andpolicies, and inappropriate use of computer resources. If you choose to engage inacademic misconduct, expect to suffer consequences that may include a grade penalty, failure to pass the course, and withdrawal from the class and/or the college. If you are in doubt as to the appropriate academic conduct in a particular situation, you should consult the course instructor, department chairperson, or the dean of the appropriate college division for guidance.

Student Resources

o What should you do if you can't log into your course or you encounter other technical problems? Call  the Help Desk at 818-415-2015 

Often the issue that is troubling you has been encountered by one or more of your classmates. Some of them may be more experienced at taking online classes than you are. Take advantage of the collective wisdom by posting your questions or concerns under "Questions" on your moodle class page.  Just remember that this is a site for questions of a general nature. If you have a specific question, such as about your particular grade, that should be addressed in a private email to your instructor.

o There are a few secrets to being a successful online student. Get the scoop and start out a winner! Visit  http://missionparalegal.pbworks.com/w/page/21558668/success


Contact our paralegal tutors if you need help with tutoring in your various law classes.

** special thanks and credit to Mt. Sac for their "Sample Statements for your Online Course" at http://ctl.mesacc.edu/wiki/images/c/c0/Samples.pdf

updated: 1/11/12



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