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Course ID: PAR290AB
Title: Internship for the Paralegal
Modality: Hybrid
Credit Hours: 2.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 40947

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 8/25/2014

Weeks: 16

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Emily Klein Alice

Course Materials

No materials are required for this course.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Paralegal work experience in industry. Eighty (80) hours of designated work per credit.
Official Course Prerequisites
PAR260 and Permission of Department or Division.            
Official Course Competencies
  1. Apply paralegal classroom instruction to work experience during 80 hours per credit per semester.
  2. Plan individualized paralegal-related learning objectives based on the needs of the organization and intern responsibilities.
  3. Complete individualized paralegal-related learning objectives.
  4. Communicate effectively with organization personnel and faculty coordinator.
  5. Apply paralegal skills in the organizational setting.

Course Requirements

  1. You must successfully complete 160 internship hours at the designated host site.
  2. You must complete all assignments in the course to be eligible to receive a passing grade.
  3. You must submit a final updated résumé reflecting your internship experience.
  4. You must receive two satisfactory evaluations from your internship supervisor (one midterm and one final).
  5. You must complete a self-evaluation at the end of the internship.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a two credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least two hours on course content and at least four hours on homework for a total of at least six hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 100 possible points for this course.

Journals and Work Product Examples (5 points for each journal entry and 5 points for each work product example)


80 Points

Evaluations (Two supervisor evaluations and one self-evaluation) (5 points each)


15 Points



5 Points

Total Points Possible


100 Points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

90 - 100 points = P (90% - 100%)
80 - 89 points = P (80% - 89%)
70 - 79 points = P (70% - 79%)
60 - 69 points = F(60% - 69%)
0 - 59 points = F (0% - 59%)

Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of possible points.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade that is higher than what you earned by your total points. No point adjustments will be made for such things as class participation or other subjective factors.

Extra credit is not available for this course.


Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section. The lessons can be accessed from the "Syllabus and Lessons" links on your Course Section Home Page.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are from collections licensed by Rio Salado College.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

  • you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

  • you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

  • you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)


1 Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation 2.8.1:

2 Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services website:


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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