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When and how will we meet?

This online course is asynchronous, which means that there is no set time for class and so you do the work on your own time, on your own sche
dule. Many students like this option, because they work, have family obligations, or live far from KCC.

But this is not an independent educational experience, like a correspondence course. We will be building a community of learners through our discussion forums, which will be held on Laulima, the course management system for KCC. The course material is released in weekly modules and needs to be completed during the assigned time. In the photo example, week 1 is in blue, week 2 is pink, and week 3 is green.  All the work assigned during that week must be completed before the next week starts.  You can't front-load or back-load the course work.

Our class week this semester will start and stop on Thursday at 10 am. The final exam will need to be taken in a proctored testing center, but everything else will be done online.

You will get access to the course syllabus on our Laulima site the week before classes start, which will include a weekly schedule. There's a link to a sample syllabus on the "technical requirement" page.

What personal skills you need?

To be successful in this course, you have to come to the Laulima website each week. You need to have the discipline to set aside time during the week to view the videos, do the readings, take the quizzes, complete the assignments, and participate in the weekly discussion boards. This is designed to make you feel like a class, not an individual learner, and you need to set aside the time to participate regularly.

The UH system has a self-assessment test for you to take to help you assess whether an online course is a good fit for you. Please take the test by clicking here.

What will you learn in LAW 141?

LAW 141, Intellectual Property, will cover the federal law on trademarks, patents, and copyright.  Trademark is the law that protects things like logos and names so that the public knows their source and quality.  Patents prevent others from using an invention, for a limited period of time.  Copyright protects original works of authorship, which includes books, songs, paintings, and even dance.

We will also spend a week covering trade secrets, which is protected under state law.  We have a great, detailed textbook designed specifically for paralegals, which means that there is a focus on practical skills.  There are weekly discussion boards and regular quizzes (but no midterm) to make sure you keep up.