The Litigation module covers the following modules:
Over the course of this module, you will become familiar with standard bankruptcy requirements, including those for Chapter 7, 11, and 13 protections. You will also learn about some of the common bankruptcy court rules and how to prepare all necessary filing documents.
In this module, students learn the many skills they'll need when assisting attorneys as they interview witnesses and other parties to the legal action.
Civil Law Processes and Procedures
This module examines the various procedures involved in a civil lawsuit - from initial client contact, the discovery phase, the actual trial and appeal, all the way through to settlement negotiations. This module also explores the role of the paralegal in pre-trial investigations, the preparation of legal documents, discovery activities, client and witness contact and interviews, and the responsibilities of paralegals during the actual trial.
Estates & Probate Court
This module of the paralegal certification course, acquaints students with the various types of property ownership and the effect ownership has on the transfer of property, either with or without a legal will. Students also learn about administration, taxation of estates and inheritance as well as the basic legal requirements for trusts, wills, guardianships, and how to administer a decedent’s estate.
You will become familiar with the basic procedures and requirements of trial preparation, including document preparation, discovery, scheduling and working with the court.
The Corporate module covers the following modules:
Formation of a Business Entity
You will learn about the various process involved in forming, maintain and dissolving business entities. You will also have the opportunity to practice preparing a wide range of legal documents related to the formation and maintenance of a business, as well as the differences between the various kinds of business entities.
Drafting Corporate Documents
In this module, students learn the basics of how to create a wide variety of transactional drafts. The emphasis is on clear and concise writing, grammatical and syntactical principles and draftsmanship. This course module serves as a good foundation for anyone who creates or reviews legal documents or contracts.
Over the course of this module, students learn about various forms of intellectual property including copyrights and trademarks. They also learn how to prepare and file the necessary documents and agreements for intellectual property protection.
This survey module teaches participants about various types of real estate documents, including foreclosure notices, deeds, mortgage instruments, mechanic’s liens, leases and real estate listing contracts.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In this module, participants become familiar with transactional work specific to private, small and middle market companies. They also learn about the acquisition and sale of assets of a business from the initial negotiations phase through closing the deal.
I. Bankruptcy Law
II. Civil Litigation
III. Interviewing Skills for Paralegals
IV. Probate and Estate Planning
V. Trial Preparation
VI. Business Entity Formation
VII. Corporate Document Drafting
VIII. Intellectual Property Law
IX. Real Estate Law
X. Private Business Mergers and Acquisitions
The course is also well suited for anyone who wants to gain more knowledge about legal principles and procedures as a paralegal.
Katherine Pang, PhD, JD, LLM, MBA, MEd, MS
Dr. Pang has instructed, facilitated, and led numerous business skill courses including team building, building effective groups, and similar courses for several manufacturing companies including Weir SPM, Turbomeca, as well as the City of Arlington along with numerous top 100 law firms.
Dr. Pang served as a faculty member at the University of Texas at Tyler and has been an adjunct faculty member in the law and business/ schools of many universities including the Stern School of Business at New York University, the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas, Dallas, Pepperdine University, USC, Golden Gate University, the University of California, Irvine, Regent University, and Northeastern University. Dr. Pang received her B.A. from Clark University, her J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School, her LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School, her M.Ed from the University of Texas, her MBA, MS (Psychology), and her Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M – Commerce. Dr. Pang also has two theology degrees.
Dr. Pang has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and operational experience in professional services, manufacturing and education oriented companies. Dr. Pang has served as founder, president, CEO, COO and CFO of several companies over the last 15 years. Prior to forming Corporate Growth Strategists, Dr. Pang was recruited to serve initially as COO/CFO and General Counsel for a Dallas-based CNC precision and assembly manufacturing company to effectuate a restructure of corporate obligations and operations. The successful reduction in corporate indebtedness and the substantial increase in cash-flow flowing from operational and financial changes resulted in Dr. Pang’s promotion to interim CEO and General Counsel for a period of 12-months. Dr. Pang has also served as COO and General Counsel for Technology Training Services Corporation a technology training company delivering services in Europe under Unites States Government contracts. Dr. Pang was also the Manager, Firmwide Practice Section Development, Training and Forms for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Pang has over 20 years of experience in the design, development and delivery of educational courses and professional development and training content. She has been the CEO and Founder of three companies in the field of applied skills, active learning both in an ILT, CBT and Web-Based environment. Dr. Pang has served as an SME for over 65 business and law-related courses. In addition, Dr. Pang serves in a consulting capacity for various institutions and organizations in designing and developing curricula, adopting new technologies, integrating technology with instruction and implementing training and professional education programs. Dr. Pang has served as an SME for over 100 business and law-related courses. In addition, she has served in a consulting capacity for various institutions and organizations in designing and developing curricula, adopting new technologies, integrating technology with instruction and implementing training and professional education programs.
Dr. Pang has been a speaker at numerous e-learning conferences, including the MEC 2001 Conference sponsored by Arizona State University, the 2001 Conference on Training and Knowledge Management sponsored by Generation 21 Learning Management Systems; E-Learn 2005 and Online Educa Berlin 2005, AACE/ED Media 2006, E-Learn 2006, E-Learning Guild 2006, CELDA 2007, Learning Conference 2008 at University of Illinois, Chicago, EduComm 2008 in Las Vegas, DevLearn 2008 in San Jose, among numerous other professional conferences.
The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:
•Examples & Explanation: Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor
•Fundamentals of Litigation