Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• Identify the job description and classifications of the paralegal profession
• Define law ethics, the categories of law, and the court system
• List the steps involved in trial and pretrial procedures
• Recall techniques for effective legal research and analysis
• Recognize guidelines for legal writing and communications
• Recall the basics of the judicial system and daily responsibilities of the paralegal
• Differentiate between various types of law
• List ways to conduct legal research
• Identify the proper writing styles for a paralegal
Price: $3,995.00

    Paralegal 1: An Introduction uses real-world examples to cover all the topics a student needs to know to prepare for their paralegal career. Topics covered include career development, ethics and professional responsibility, pretrial preparation, trial proceedings, and legal interviewing and investigation. Learn guidelines for performing legal research and analysis and standards for legal communications and writing. Take the steps to develop your Paralegal career today!

    The topics handled in our Discover a Career as a Paralegal course include a brief synopsis of on-the-job duties, job opportunities and a variety of legal specialties served by paralegals. We will cover the differences between civil and criminal law, legal office management and paralegal ethical concepts. With increased competition for paralegal jobs, attorneys now seek paralegal applicants who come to them with professional education and knowledge of the legal duties performed by paralegals and the ligation process.

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    Paralegal Professional
    Module 1: The Paralegal Career
    • What is a Paralegal?
    • Paralegal Tasks
    • Educational Options
    • Skills and Attributes
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation
    • Organizational Structure of Law Firms
    • Filing Procedures
    • Communications
    • Law Office Culture and Politics
    Module 2: American Law and Court Systems
    • Regulation of Attorneys
    • Attorney Ethics
    • Regulation of Paralegals
    • Sources of American Law
    • Constitutional Law
    • Statutory Law
    • Administrative Law
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Basic Judicial Requirements
    • Federal and State Court Systems
    Module 3: Online Legal Research and Analysis
    • Researching Case Law
    • Case Reporting System
    • Analyzing Case Law
    • Researching Constitutional and Statutory Law
    • Analyzing Statutory Law
    • Legal Resources on the Internet
    • Lexis and Westlaw
    • Alternative Legal Research Sources
    • Conducting Online Research
    Module 4: Legal Writing and Civil Litigation
    • Receiving a Writing Assignment
    • Tools for Writers
    • Pleadings, Discovery and Motions
    • General Legal Correspondence
    • The Legal Memorandum
    • Preliminaries and Pleadings
    • Discovery of Electronic Evidence
    • Maintenance of Electronic Records
    • Pretrial Motions
    Module 5: Interviews, Investigations and Trial Procedures
    • Planning for the Interview
    • Interviewing Skills
    • Interviewing Clients
    • Interviewing Witnesses
    • Planning and Conducting Investigations
    • Preparing for Trial
    • Jury Selection
    • Post-trial Motions and Procedures
    Module 6: Criminal, Tort and Consumer Law
    • Defining Crime
    • Types of Crime
    • Cyber Crime
    • Prosecution
    • Intentional Torts
    • Negligence
    • Product Liability
    • Consumer Law
    Module 7: Contracts, Insurance Law and Family Law
    • Requirements to Form a Valid Contract
    • Defenses to Contract Enforceability
    • Sales Contracts and Warranties
    • Contract Performance and Remedies
    • Online Contracting and Electronic Signatures
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Real Property
    • Insurance Law
    • Family Law
    • Wills, Trusts and Estates
    Module 8: Employment Law, Bankruptcy and Environmental Law
    • Forms of Business Organization
    • Agency Law
    • Employment Law
    • Bankruptcy Code
    • Liquidation Proceedings
    • Individual Repayment Plans
    • Reorganizations
    • Environmental Law

    Legal Analysis and Writing
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 1
    Introduction to Legal Principles and Legal Analysis

    Sources of Law
    Hierarchy of the Law
    Introduction to Legal Citation
    Legal Analysis
    Legal Research
    Analysis Process
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 2
    Types of Legal Research

    Administrative Law
    Court Rules
    Case Law
    American Law Reports
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 3
    Legal Research, continued

    Legal Periodicals
    Restatements of the Law
    Uniform Laws and Model Acts
    Computers and Internet Legal Research
    Commercial Internet Research
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 4
    Legal Analysis: Key Facts and Issue Identification

    Importance of Facts
    Types of Facts
    Key Facts Identification: Client’s Case
    Key Facts Identification: Case Law
    Issue Identification: Client’s Case
    Issue Identification: Case Law
    Spotting the Issue
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 5
    Stating the Issue, On Point Importance, and Counteranalysis

    Shorthand or Broad Statement of the Issue
    Comprehensive or Narrow Statement of the Issue
    Issue-Law Component
    Issue-Question Component
    Objectively Stating the Issue
    Is this Case on Point?
    Counteranalysis: Why, When, Where?
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 6
    Fundamentals of Writing

    Word Selection and Usage
    Importance of Writing Skills
    Legal Writing Process
    Goal of Legal Writing
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 7
    Office Legal Memorandum

    Purposes, Uses, and Importance
    Prewriting Stage
    Sections of the Office Memorandum
    Analysis to Conclusion
    Legal Analysis and Writing Module 8
    Court Briefs and Correspondence

    Trial Court Briefs
    Appellate Court Briefs
    Basic Components of Correspondence
    Types of Correspondence

    Understanding the Law Module 1
    Introduction to the Law

    The English Source of U.S. Law
    Modern Sources of U.S. Law
    Types & Classifications of Law
    The Relationship Between Law & Ethics
    Using Court Cases
    Constitutional Law
    Judicial Review
    Separation of Powers
    The National Government
    What is Federalism?
    The Police Power
    The Bill of Rights
    Freedom of Speech & Religion
    Unreasonable Searches
    Due Process of Law
    Affirmative Action
    The Right to Privacy
    Understanding the Law Module 2
    The Court System & The Attorney

    What is Trial Court?
    Appellate Court
    Understanding Jurisdiction
    The State Court System
    The Federal Court System
    Trial Proceedings
    The Adversarial System
    Professional Ethics
    Hire & Fire an Attorney
    Legal Malpractice
    Unauthorized Practice of Law
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Understanding the Law Module 3
    Administrative Law & Crimes

    What is Administrative Law?
    History of U.S. Administrative Law
    Administrative Agencies
    Areas of Administrative Law
    Agency Power, Process, & Action
    Limits of Agency Power
    What is a Crime?
    Parties to a Crime
    Corpus Delicti
    Felony, Misdemeanor, or Infraction
    Crimes Against the Person
    Crimes Against Property
    Defenses to Crimes
    Statute of Limitations
    Procedures in a Criminal Trial
    Parole, Probation, & Clemency
    Understanding the Law Module 4
    Torts & Contracts

    What are Torts?
    Torts by Intentional Conduct
    Torts by Negligent Behavior
    Strict Liability Torts
    Damages & the Collection of Damages
    Contracts: Enforceable Agreements
    How are Contracts Classified?
    Requisites of a Valid Contract
    Third Parties in Contracts
    Discharged Contracts
    Breach of Contract
    Individual Consumer Contracts
    Warranty Protection
    Understanding the Law Module 5
    Application of Law to the Individual

    Family Law
    Marriage Laws
    Legal Consequences of Marriage
    Laws Governing Parenthood
    Protection of Minors
    Termination of Marriage
    Family Law Contracts
    Motor Vehicle Law
    Owning a Motor Vehicle
    Driving a Motor Vehicle
    Purchasing Automobile Insurance
    Acquiring Ownership of Personal Property
    Will or Inheritance
    Mislaid, Lost, & Abandoned Property
    Understanding the Law Module 6
    Renters, Landlords & Employee Rights

    Types of Leases
    Landlord-Tenant Relationship
    Legal Remedies for Landlords
    Legal Remedies for Tenants
    Employee Rights
    Worker Laws
    Legal Classification of Employees
    Discrimination Laws
    Employee Duties
    Benefits for Employees
    Rights Regarding Unions
    Understanding the Law Module 7
    Consumer Rights, Family Law and Wills

    Consumer Rights and Protection
    Consumer Privacy
    Consumer Protection
    Federal Government Involvement in Family Law
    What is Marriage?
    Legal Consequences of Marriage
    Laws Govern Parenthood
    Family Laws and Contracts
    What is Estate Planning?
    Tax Burdens Reduced or Avoided
    Matters Concerning Wills
    Matters Concerning Probate
    Living Wills & Advance Directives

    Discover a Career as a Paralegal
    Module 1: Paralegal Duties
    • Duties of a Paralegal in a Law Firm and Public Sector
    • Skills Required by a Paralegal
    • Importance of the Legal Precedence in American Jurisprudence
    • Paralegal Specialties
    • Categories Used to Describe Types of Law
    Module 2: Legal Authority
    • Explanation of Mandatory and Persuasive Authority
    • Understanding of Primary and Secondary Authority
    • The Court Doctrine of Stare Decisis
    • Preparing Legal Documents
    • Gathering Evidence as a Paralegal
    Module 3: Legal Research
    • Preparing for the Initial Interview
    • Searching for Applicable Law
    • Pre-Trial Duties for a Paralegal in a Civil Case
    • Differences Between Procedural and Substantive Law
    • Criminal Trial Procedures
    Module 4: Effective Writing Style
    • Effective Writing for a Paralegal
    • Mastering the Mechanics of Writing
    • Maintaining a Good Filing System
    • Most Important Rules of Ethics
    • Using a Calendar System for Time Management
    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

    Internet Connection
    • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
    Hardware Requirements
    • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
    • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

    Software Requirements
    • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
    • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
    • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
    • Adobe PDF Reader
    Upon successfully completion of the training program, learners will be prepared to sit for the Certified Paralegal certification exam through NALA. Learners will be provided an exam voucher,
    at no cost, to sit for the exam.

    To be eligible for the Certified Paralegal examination, a paralegal must meet one of the following requirements listed below. The NALA Certifying Board and NALA do not provide nor approve any education that is required for initial certification.
    1. Graduation from a paralegal program that is:
    (a) Approved by the American Bar Association; or
    (b) An associate degree program; or
    (c) A post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies; or
    (d) A bachelor's degree program in paralegal studies; or
    (e) A paralegal program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses.

    Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.
    This class is an independent-study course. Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material. A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.

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    Career Training Program
    12 months
    Avg Completion:
    6 Months

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