Upon completion of this course you will:
• Know about the paralegal role
• Have an understanding of the history of law and the legal system
• Know the evolution of the paralegal position
• Understand the training, certification, and requirements to work in this field
Price: $99.00

    The demand for skilled paralegal is rapidly growing. If you are interested in a dynamic career in a high demand, rewarding profession, this course is for you. This course provides a look into becoming a paralegal and their day to day responsibilities. We will take a deep dive into the training and requirements for pursuing a successful career in this field. Lastly, this course will look at the evolution, current trends, and facts of working in the legal industry as a paralegal.
    Discover a Career as a Paralegal Module 1
    (Introduction, Lessons 1 and 2)
    Paralegal Duties

    Module one provides an overview of the judicial system and work possibilities for the paralegal. Paralegals can work in a variety of places such as large corporate level departments, federal, state and local governments, as well as legal aid offices and unions. Common law categories and job opportunities are also covered.

    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
    Discover a Career as a Paralegal Module 2
    (Lessons 3 and 4)
    Legal Authority

    When researching and writing legal material, a paralegal must first gather and cite sources possessing mandatory, or binding, authority to the court litigating the case. Module two covers the importance of a paralegal’s role for the law team in fact-finding missions. Knowing the aim of the investigation and following through with factual sources of information is a key to a paralegal’s success in this realm of his or her job duties.

    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
    Discover a Career as a Paralegal Module 3
    (Lessons 5 and 6)
    Legal Research

    Module three covers preparation, professionalism, directing tone and driving the avenue of a conversation. A paralegal must ensure the information discussed in an interview provides quality information and facts.

    This module discusses applicable law that involves the regulation, executive order, judicial decision or statute that determines the legal standing of an issue or a case.

    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
    Discover a Career as a Paralegal Module 4
    (Lessons 7 and 8, Conclusion)
    Effective Writing Style

    For a paralegal, effective writing involves keeping it simple and to the point. This module discusses proper writing styles, proofreading and correcting errors. Module four covers implementing a good filing system, organizing those files and ways of retrieving them with speed. We will also discuss rules of ethics in providing sound legal advice to clients.

    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
    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.

    Product Type:
    Course Type:
    Professional Enrichment
    1 month
    Avg Completion:
    1 Month

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        • Take advantage of real-world experience outside of the classroom with an employer-based externship program
        • Work with a career counselor to schedule your certification exam (if applicable)
        • Complete an employer-ready resume with a career coach
        • Participate in live mock interviews and job guidance sessions

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