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Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education, 1st Edition

  • Nance Kriscenski
  • Thomas (Tucker) Wright
  • ISBN-10: 1111035075
  • ISBN-13: 9781111035075
  • 224 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides an opportunity for students to review, enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and practical application of the law. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of student work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and students organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing students with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. Students can evaluate their knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display their ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam. In addition to the benefits to students, this text offers guidance to educational programs undertaking a meaningful assessment of learning outcomes. Review of student portfolios and success rates on the comprehensive substantive assessment present student data to be utilized in continuous curriculum development. The Instructor's Resources include a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.


  • Learning Objectives correlate with measurements in assessments, discussion questions and portfolio assignments.

  • Summaries of substantive and procedural law provide review and supplementation of prior studies.

  • Discussion questions probe students' understanding of legal concepts and applications.

  • Portfolio assignments guide students in preparation of documentation related to job search and continuing education endeavors and writing samples that demonstrate practical application of legal concepts.

  • Comprehensive Assessment questions prepare students for broad evaluation of substantive knowledge of the law.

  • Resources in Appendix B help prepare students for successful completion of portfolio and comprehensive assessment.

  • Instructor's Resources provide sample course outline, grading rubric and assessment that can be adapted to program's stated learning outcomes.

About the Author

Nance Kriscenski

Nance Kriscenski, J.D. has been a Professor of Law and Coordinator of the Paralegal Program at Manchester Community College since 1985. She has a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School and a Distance Learning Specialist Certificate from the University of Wisconsin. Nance is also active in AAfPE and is a regular speaker at their regional and national conferences.

Thomas (Tucker) Wright

Tucker Wright, J.D. has been a Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University since 1972. He has JD from Tulsa University Law School and is also a Magistrate with the Rhode Island Family Court. Wright is also an extremely active member of AAfPE and is a regular speaker at their regional and national conferences; he was also a member of the ABA Standing Committee and Approval Commission.

Table of Contents

Preface: Purpose of a Capstone Course.
1. The Paralegal Professional.
2. Legal Ethics.
3. Technology in the Law Office and the Courts.
4. Legal Research and Writing.
5. Contract Law.
6. Business Organizations and Bankruptcy Law.
7. Family Law.
8. Estate Planning and Probate.
9. Property Law. Personal property, intellectual property and real property.
10. Torts and Workers' Compensation.
11. Litigation Procedure and Evidence.
12. Criminal Law and Procedures.
13. Administrative Law.
Appendix A: Comprehensive Exit Assessment.
Appendix B: Other Resources.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111035083 | ISBN-13: 9781111035082)

The Instructor's Manual serves as an instructional resource and provides a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111545790 | ISBN-13: 9781111545796)