Stephanie Ferrill - Intro to California Law

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De Anza College – Social Science Division

Stephanie Kain Ferrill, Esq.

(408) 864-8999 x 3695

FALL Quarter 2014                                                   

Para 94 - 4 Units


CLASSES: Monday & Wednesday 12:30 pm – 2:20 pm 

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment.

TEXTBOOK: Customized textbook available at the bookstore, orIntroduction to Law 5th Ed., Hames & Ekern; selected reading on the Internet.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction and exploration of the California legal system, including organization, operation and major legal concepts; introduction to the Federal legal system as it operates in California; and the role of the paralegal.

ASSIGNMENTS: Both reading and writing assignments are required for this class. Some of the assignments will be done in class, others will be assigned as homework. All written homework assignments must be typed, numbered, and all pages stapled together with your name on all pages. Unless specifically advised otherwise, all work must be your own, individual work. Absent, exceptional reasons, late papers are not accepted. If a student cannot attend a class during which a paper is due, the paper must be emailed or left in my mailbox PRIOR to the beginning of class on the due date. (Instructor is sole judge of exceptional reasons.)  At the instructor’s discretion, any student who fails to turn in two assignments or misses more than 3 classes will not receive a passing grade in the class.

GRADING POLICY: The final grade is the cumulative number of percentage points each student achieves on the following exams and assignments, given the percentage weight as indicated:

Assignments                                                   35% of final grade                  

Quiz & Final Exam                                        60% of final grade

(FINAL EXAM: Wednesday 12/11/13 @ 11:30 a.m.) 

Class participation                                          5% of final grade

 Grading scale:

100-99 = A+               98–93 = A                   92-90 = A-                  89-87 = B+

86-83 = B                    82-80 = B-                  79-76 = C+                 75-71= C                    

70-67 = D+                 66-62 = D                   61-60 = D-                  59-0 = F                     




ATTENDANCE: Attendance is required. Class participation is encouraged. Class participation and attendance will be factored into the student’s final grade. A sign-in sheet will be provided at every class session and each student is required to sign in at every class.

Drop Policy: If a student is present the first day of class and thereafter wishes to drop the course, the student must take responsibility for completing all paperwork. Instructor will not take care of this for the student. However, instructor reserves the right to drop any student who misses 2 classes without contacting the instructor or fails to turn in 2 consecutive assignments. There is no guarantee however, that the instructor will exercise this right to drop a student. If the student wishes to be sure that he is dropped from the class without penalty then it is up to the student to take all necessary steps. Failure to do so may result in the student receiving an “F” grade in the class.



Dropping the Class: Students who drop the class or stop attending MUST process the appropriate form(s) through the Admissions and Records office in order to avoid receiving an “F” in the class. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm the last day to drop the class and have the proper paperwork timely completed and submitted.

Cheating Policy: Cheating and/or plagiarism will be considered student misconduct. While collaboration on assignments is fine, any material turned in by a student MUST BE IN THE STUDENTS OWN WORDS (unless it is a properly cited quote), AND REPRESENT THEIR OWN WORK. All quotes, sentences and other material obtained through other resources, book, case law, statute, the Internet, etc. must be properly identified and cited. If a student presents any plagiarized work as their own, they will be immediately dropped from the class with a failing grade. Additionally, if a student is caught cheating in any other way, they will be immediately dropped from the class with a failing grade and reported to the dean. Further discipline may occur.

Recording and Notes: Audio recording of the lectures is generally allowed, however students may not duplicate the recordings or duplicate and sell notes or records of the lecture(s). If a student is found to have duplicated and/or sold notes and lectures, they will be immediately dropped from the class and further discipline may occur.

Reasonable Accommodations: Please contact the college’s administration regarding any documented disabilities that require reasonable accommodations.

Cell Phones and Pagers: Cell phones, blackberries and other electronic devices must be turned off or on silent mode during the class. 

Classroom Conduct: Students are expected to participate in class discussions. Everyone is expected to treat each other with respect and professionalism. Accordingly, rude and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated in or around the class. Non-compliance will result in the student(s) being removed from the classroom until appropriate behavior has returned. Depending on the nature of the offense, further discipline may occur.



Introduction to Law 4th Ed., Hames & Ekern

Weeks 1 & 2        Introduction to Law

                           The U.S. Legal System 

                           The Courts and Legal Personnel

Weeks 2 &3        Finding the Law

                           Using the Law

Week 4                Constitutional Law                     

Weeks 5-6           Family Law

Week 7               Contract Law

Week 8                Criminal Law & Juvenile Law                           

Week 9                Civil procedure Before Trial

Weeks 10- 11       Criminal Procedure Before Trial

                              The Trial

Week 12              FINAL EXAM  - Wednesday, December 10th at 11:30 am


* All dates are APPROXIMTE - Instructor reserves the right to change these dates.


email Email: Stephanie Ferrill
Phone: 408.864.8999x3695 
Office: TBD
Office Hours: By appointment

Paralegal Studies


Last Updated: 9/8/14