Week 1 Discussion Done!

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This week we will be discussing the Unauthorized Practice of Law.  This is certainly an important topic for paralegal and legal studies students because they may be faced with issues relating to UPL in the workplace and when dealing with friends and family members.

It is also an increasingly important issue as technology presents new options for the completion of tasks that were historically completed by attorneys.  These tasks include the drafting of things like wills and incorporation documents.   Now the general public can find numerous form books and web sites that offer to help people complete these forms themselves.

We will focus on one such service in this week’s discussion – www.legalzoom.com.

REMEMBER – your posts are not just expressions of opinion.  Instead they should be based on research and citation to authority.

If your last name begins with the letters A-C, you will argue that the document preparation services provided by legalzoom.com constitute the UPL.

If your last name begins with the letters D-Z, you will argue that the document preparation services provided by legalzoom.com do not constitute the UPL.

Post 1

Students should make their initial argument supporting their side of the discussion.  You should include at least one citation to support your position.

Post 2 and 3

Select at least two comments from students on the other side of the discussion and argue against their posts.  You should cite at least one citation to support your position in each of your posts.

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This week we will be discussing the Unauthorized Practice of Law.  This is certainly an important topic for paralegal and legal studies students because they may be faced with issues relating to UPL in the workplace and when dealing with friends and family members.

It is also an increasingly important issue as technology presents new options for the completion of tasks that were historically completed by attorneys.  These tasks include the drafting of things like wills and incorporation documents.   Now the general public can find numerous form books and web sites that offer to help people complete these forms themselves.

We will focus on one such service in this week’s discussion – www.legalzoom.com.

REMEMBER – your posts are not just expressions of opinion.  Instead they should be based on research and citation to authority.

If your last name begins with the letters A-C, you will argue that the document preparation services provided by legalzoom.com constitute the UPL.

If your last name begins with the letters D-Z, you will argue that the document preparation services provided by legalzoom.com do not constitute the UPL.

Post 1

Students should make their initial argument supporting their side of the discussion.  You should include at least one citation to support your position.

Post 2 and 3

Select at least two comments from students on the other side of the discussion and argue against their posts.  You should cite at least one citation to support your position in each of your posts.

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