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Paralegal Program

If your looking for a secure career in a fast growing field, then a Paralegal Certification could be your answer.

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Program Description

This Program provides the most effective way to start the process of becoming a paralegal (also known as Legal Assistant). Our Paralegal basic courses are self-paced and conducted 100% online. It includes the full range of courses needed to pass the CLA certification exam and has the required 900 hour duration. Please check your state requirements as Californiarequires a Bachelors degree or may have additional guidlines.

As law firms get pressed by their clients to cut back on their billing, there is more demand for paralegals as a less costly way to get work done instead of having expensive attorneys billing clients. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal openings will grow much faster than average and job opportunities are expected to be very good in the coming years.

Courses included (in required order):

  • Paralegal Basics: covers Office Operations, Law theory, Legal Billing, Writing, Research/Citations. Also covers training on conducting interviews and an extensive Internet resource directory.
  • Paralegal Advanced: covers specialties including Family Law, Business Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Tort, Litigation, Wills and Bankruptcy Law. Also includes hundreds of practice questions to build knowledge and experience.
  • Professional Image: Short, interactive flash-based course on maintaining professional image within a law office environment.
  • Ethics for Legal Staff: Short, interactive, flash-based course covering ethical requirements of the paralegal profession
  • E-mail netiquette: Use of e-mail in a legal office environment poses unique challenges. This short course provides an overview of important dos and dont’s when using e-mail in your professional life

Program Completion

Most students complete this program in 6-9 months, however one full year will be available.

Course Syllabus

Paralegal Basics:

This paralegal training course focuses on the legal concepts, procedures, and skills that are used in a wide variety of legal environments. It is designed to teach the functions and processes of institutions in the U.S. legal system, roles and issues in the paralegal field, legal ethics, and selected specialties of law.

The course includes a listing of important skills, including legal analysis, communication, legal research, computer knowledge, legal drafting, investigation, interviewing witnesses, client relationships, and office organization. If you complete it, you should be prepared for a challenging and responsible career in the legal environment.

Lesson 1: The Profession

  • Introduction
  • What Is a Paralegal?
  • Paralegal Functions
  • Paralegal Employment
  • Career Opportunities
  • Personal Assets and Skills
  • Education
  • Regulation, Ethics, and Personal Responsibility
  • Licensing Requirements
Lesson 2: The Law

  • The origins of American Law
  • Case Law and Common Law Tradition
  • U.S. Constitution The Law of the Land
  • Administrative, Statutory Law, and Legislative Enactments
  • National Law
  • International Law
Lesson 3: The Court System

  • Introduction
  • Jurisdiction
  • Venue
  • Standing to Sue
  • Judicial Procedures
  • Choosing a Court
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Selection Process
  • On-Line Research Assignment
Lesson 4: Civil Litigation

  • Substantive and Procedural Law
  • Commencement of a Lawsuit
  • Early Stages of the Lawsuit
  • Middle Stages of the Lawsuit
  • The Trial Last Stage of the Lawsuit
  • Internet Research on Court Trials
Lesson 5: The Law Office

  • Overview ? Types of Law Offices
  • The Legal Team
  • Code of Ethics Client Relationships
  • Billing
  • Marketing
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Document Maintenance and File Systems
  • Law Libraries / References
  • Special Assignment
Lesson 6: Interview and Investigation

  • Interviewing
  • Litigation Review
  • Preparation and Techniques
  • Investigation
Lesson 7: Legal Writing

  • English Grammar 101
  • Nouns
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Abbreviations
  • Verbs
  • Verb and Subject Agreement
  • Contractions
  • Homonyms or Confusing Words
  • Punctuation
  • Exercises in Grammar
  • Latin Language Origins and Adaptations ? Etymology
  • Writing
  • Effective Brief Writing
  • Dictation, Word Processing & File Organization
  • Typing Rules
  • Electronic Files
Lesson 8: Research and Citation

  • Overview
  • Legal Research
  • Case Briefing
  • Citations
  • Shepardizing
  • Assignments
  • Reference

Paralegal Advanced

This course focuses on law specialties, complete with samples of pleadings, formats, and citations. It is designed to teach the functions and processes of institutions in the U.S. legal system, roles and issues in the field, and selected specialties of law. It discusses employment opportunities and provides dozens of websites for research purposes to enhance your educational skills on-line and build your own personal Cybrary.

The law specialties covered in detail include Bankruptcy Law, Business Law, Law of Contracts, Family Law, Torts and Tortfeasors, Litigation, Criminal Law, and Real Estate Law.

Lesson 1: Bankruptcy

  • Overview
  • Filing for Bankruptcy
  • Types of Bankruptcy
  • The Current System
  • Dismissal
  • Liquidation
  • Wage Earner
  • Chapter 7 v 13 Options
  • Trustee
  • Exemptions
Lesson 2: Bu siness Law

  • Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Business Organization
  • Business Client Representation
  • Formal Structure and Forms
  • Intellectual Property
Lesson 3: Contract Law

  • Contract Definition
  • Classification of Contracts
Lesson 4: Family Law

  • Family Law Introduction
  • Marriage Formalities
  • Annulment
  • Breach of Promise
  • Spousal Separation
  • Divorce or Dissolution
  • Divorce Process
  • Child Support and Custody
Lesson 5: Torts & Tortfeasors

  • Introduction Tort Elements
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence & Product Liability
Lesson 6: Litigation

  • Civil Litigation Processes
Lesson 7: Criminal Law

  • Overview
  • The Process
Lesson 8: Real Estate Law

  • General Description
  • Title
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Recording
  • Real Estate Sales & Related Contracts
  • Landlords and Tenants
Lesson 9: Wills and Trusts

  • Traditional & Living Wills
  • Trusts

Professional Image

Introduction to the Professional Staff: Enhancing the Firms Professional Image

Sometimes we get so comfortable in our jobs and with our co-workers that we overlook simple common courtesies or blend social and business interactions much too freely. Whether your office culture is conservative or casual, your firms professional image should never be in question. Clients are impressed by a staff that knows how to treat them professionally and exceptionally. And they expect that a professional law firm will employ a professional staff. Does your staff pass the test?

  • Rules & Subtleties of Professional Behavior
  • Business Manners: Making the Best Impression
  • The Firms Expectations
  • What To Wear
  • And Most importantly, What Not to Wear

Ethics for Legal Staff

Every seemingly normal firm hides a potential ethics clash an event that changes it forever. And what is that event? A story of ignored rules, uneducated staff, inadvertent disclosures, or just plain mistakes that gives us a profile of what we need to learn from every breach of ethics.

Based on Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Section 5.03, Responsibilities Regarding Non-lawyer Assistants

Topics Include:

  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Insider Information
  • Understanding & Maintaining Confidentiality for Clients and Information
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Lessons from Real-Life Scenarios
  • The Staffs Role in the Ethics Triangle
  • Cause and Effect of Violations

Email Netiquette: Making Email Work for YOU

Email is such a large part of our business lives that we can’t imagine ever being without it. It’s become so commonplace that we end up doing most of our communicating with it for our prospects, clients, vendors, co-workers, and even our friends. And yet, many of us don’t really know how to use email in the most efficient and effective way. Human communication is approximately 90% body language, 8% tonality, and 2% written word. With email, the first 98% is removed. If not done properly, email can actually hamper communication with vagueness, unclear requests, ineffective language, and unintentional meanings.

We will explore the protocol of using email effectively, efficiently, unobtrusively, politely, and with rules governing socially acceptable behavior (etiquette) over the internet (net) Email Netiquette!

  • Best Practices for Writing Effective Emails
  • Make Your Email Relevant & First In Line to be Read
  • Learn the Difference Between Good & Bad Email
  • Dealing With Flaming & Flamers
  • Efficiently Read & Receive Email