Explains the basics of the law, the paralegal profession, career opportunities, and ethical concerns as they relate to paralegals. Learners examine the individual legal topics and practice areas they will study throughout the program, preparing them for success in the Paralegal Program.
Identifies the steps in the litigation process. Summarizes the basic documents required in litigation. Learners develop legal arguments and differentiate between legal remedies available to resolve disputes. Learners draft complaints, answers and related legal documents.
Examines the family relationship and the laws surrounding marriage, dissolution of marriage, parentage and family rights. Explains the parties and issues related to family law matters. Learners outline the steps required in a family law proceeding and prepare the required legal documents for various family law matters.
Experiential learning in the context of a law firm, corporation, non-profit or governmental agency. Learners develop skills and abilities to work in the industry, apply the law and legal procedures, conduct legal research, write letters and memorandums, draft documents, contact clients or individuals, and maintain confidentiality and professional ethics.
Examines contract capacity and contract formation. Interprets contract terms and recognizes contract forms. Learners discuss and interpret creditor/debtor relations in relation to contract law. Learners explore and differentiate remedies available for breach of contract.
Examines criminal law and criminal procedure. Explores federal and state court systems as well as defines the categories of crime and legal defenses. Learners identify the concepts involved in criminal proceedings and outline the stages of criminal litigation from the arrest through trial and post-trial procedures.
Explores the requirements for good law office administration. Focus on the legal team and how paralegals fit within the paradigm of the legal profession. Learners examine legal administration and practice management, as well as legal fees, client relations, client trust accounts, case management and legal marketing.
Examines the software and technology used in the law office, including: billing software, case management software, litigation support software and an introduction to electronic discovery. Learners review demonstrations and simulations of legal software.