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Law 19 - Start

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Where do I Start

My name is Prof. David Jordan, and I am your online instructor. My contact information is located at http://lamission.edu/law/faculty/jordan  


Welcome to Law 19 at Mission College. I am a California attorney who practiced law for 21 years in Glendale, and now am a full time educator teaching law for the last 14 years at Mission College. I became interested in the law in Honduras, Central America where I was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer organizing credit and saving cooperatives. I pursued my legal education at Loyola Law school,in Los Angeles,  graduating in 1974, and having passed the California Bar the 1st time, I began practicing law in a small plaintiff personal injury law firm near Dodger Stadium. Thereafter I started my own general law practice, covering general contracts, family law, litigation, negotiations, and arbitration. I became interested in teaching when, my mentor, and the former director of the Paralegal Studies Program at Mission, Ed Kellogg, suggested I start teaching law. I love teaching law, and teaching both online and on campus. I am married, and have two boys.

Law 19 - Property and Creditor Rights
Law 19 is a study of the law of personal property and real property including community property, joint tenancy, leases, deeds, contracts, escrows, deeds of trust, a study of the system of recording and search of public documents, a study of bankruptcy laws and forms. 

This class is a general education class and is CSU transferable. 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, contracts to draft, and a final contract project. 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 = 25% of your grade

Tests = 25% of your grade

Bankruptcy papers = 20% of your grade

Eviction papers = 15% of your grade

Forum Discussions = 15% of your grade

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 pleasse 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 818-415-2015 or at abogado@pacbell.net  

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. 

Review 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 19 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 will be automatically dropped from the class with the grade they have earned up to that point. Any missed assignments will be averaged in with a grade of zero.

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.  


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 five components that determine your course grade Assignments, Tests/Quizzes, two final projects, one a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and schedules, and  Eviction Papers and Discussions, They are weighted as shown below to calculate your course grade:

Assignments = 25% of your grade

Tests = 25% of your grade

Bankruptcy papers = 20% of your grade

Eviction papers = 15% of your grade

Forum Discussions = 15% of your grade


Chapter Quizzes
Test #A Chp. 30 Bankruptcy Quiz (#1)
Test #B Chp. 30 Bankruptcy Quiz (#2)  
Test #C Chp. 29 - Secured Transactions (#1)  
Test #D Chp. 29 Secured Transactions Quiz (#2)  
Test #E Chp. 28 - Creditors' Rights & Remedies Quiz (#1)  
Test #F Chp. 28 - Creditors' Rights & Remedies Quiz (#2)
Test #G Chp. 48  Real  Property & Landlord-Tenant Relationships Quiz (#1)  
Test #H Chp. 48  Real  Property & Landlord-Tenant Relationships Quiz (#2)  
Test #I Chp. 47 Personal Property & Bailments  Quiz (#1)  
Test #J Chp. 47 Personal Property & Bailments  Quiz (#2)  
Test #K Chp. 44 Consumer Law Quiz (#1)  
Test #L Chp. 44 Consumer Law Quiz (#2)
Test #M Chp. 27 Checks in the Digital Age
Test #N Chp. 46 Antitrust Quiz

Contacting Your Instructor 

You can contact me at abogado@pacbell.net or call me at 818-415-2014 (my cell phone)   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. 

These 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 to remember 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 thetuneup 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 and policies, and inappropriate use of computer resources. If you choose to engage in academic 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





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