This program offers an in-depth view of the role of paralegals play within the American legal system. Examining the myriad of skills used by paralegals everyday alongside the typical legal working environment, students will explore the common areas of law in which they’ll likely be working, the various ethical considerations that may arise as well as the sources of law they’ll reference every day. Students will be offered an offered an overview of traditional state and federal courts as well as the implications and uses for alternative dispute resolution. Students will also be introduced to various career opportunities available to trained paralegals.
This program also provides students with a comprehensive understanding of professional responsibility in the legal field and how these laws apply to paralegals, specifically. In addition to the general legal ethical concepts presented in the course, students will research individual state professional responsibility rules as they apply to the overall field and to the paralegal role. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to recognize an ethical issue, categorize it, and research the possible solutions to the issue.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
Summarize the role of the paralegal in the American legal system
Distinguish among various environments that may use the services of a paralegal
Summarize legal accounting procedures
Describe the process of becoming a paralegal professional
Prepare a resume for a paralegal position
Examine how the paralegal profession is regulated
Analyze ethical issues commonly encountered by a paralegal
Describe the sources of American Law
Examine the state and federal court systems
Prepare for a client interview
Explain the investigation process
Research legal matters
Explore styles and formats used in legal writing
Draft legal documents
Describe elements in preparing for trial
Explain the trial process
Explain the appellate process
Describe the types of alternative dispute resolution
Differentiate the authority and functioning of administrative agencies
Explain criminal law and procedure
Articulate the legal principles of tort law
Describe the classifications and elements of contracts
Outline the basic principles of property law
Examine the legal principles of family law
Examine estate planning and probate
Describe the primary forms of business
Recognize the regulation of the legal profession as a distinct set of laws and rules
Explore the meaning of the unauthorized practice of law
Examine issues related to misrepresentation
Analyze the application of the duty of confidentiality
Analyze issues related to confidentiality
Examine issues related to evidentiary privileges
Examine issues related to conflict of interest and the duty of loyalty
Examine issues related to advertising
Analyze issues related to solicitation
Examine issues related to legal fees
Examine issues related to paralegal fees
Examine issues related to client trust accounts
Examine issues related to competence and negligence
Examine issues related to zealous representation
Examine issues related to the duty of integrity and the duty to report
Examine issues related to health in the legal profession
There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.
This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.
Patricia has a degree in Medical Assisting from The Career College of Northern Nevada, Dental Assisting from the Community College of the Air Force, and is currently working on her B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She has over 10 years of experience working in doctors’ offices and has been an Air Force Reservist since 2009. She has worked as an instructor for multiple schools over the last 4 years teaching medical and dental assistant curriculum, as well as OSHA safety requirements and career development.
This program does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.