This General Paralegal training program includes the following learning modules:
The Legal System
This module provides a broad overview of the U.S. legal system and explores the many differences between legal procedures and systems as they apply to statutory and common law.
Intro to Legal Assistantship
In this module, you will gain a solid understanding of legal terminology and the role paralegals play in the legal system.
This module provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of legal writing. Topics include analytical reasoning and analysis and how to support your conclusions by citing legal authorities and precedents. The module also helps students develop their critical thinking skills.
This module examines the various types of legal research used by paralegals, including print and electronic research.
Ethics and the Legal Profession
In this module, students study the Code of Professional Conduct and how it applies to both lawyers and paralegals.
This module provides students with an overview of business law and how it applies to contracts and transactions involving the acquiring or selling a business. Students are also introduced to fundamental concepts involving real estate, commercial law, and banking.
The Law Office
Students are introduced to a wide range of concepts and practices related to managing a law office.
I. Introduction to the Legal System
II. Introduction to Legal Assistantship
III. Legal Writing
IV. Legal Research
V. Ethics for Paralegals
VI. Introduction to Business Law
VII. Law Office Management
The Introduction to General Paralegal Studies Program is for anyone seeking to gain skills to seek employment as a paralegal or legal assistant. The program is based on the laws of the United States.
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:
• Paralegals Handbook
• Legal Research How to Find the Law
• The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law