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Explore a Career as a Paralegal

Does working in a law office sound exciting? Would you like to do legal research, help with trial preparation, and be the "right hand" of a busy attorney? If so, consider a career as a paralegal! 

Careers in the legal field often require many years of training, but paralegals can enter the job market quickly. What's more, paralegals earn good salaries and have many opportunities for advancement. In addition, a skilled paralegal can do almost all of the jobs a lawyer does. By the time you're done, you'll know if becoming a paralegal is the right career choice for you. In addition, you'll have the knowledge you need to land an entry-level job or train for a more advanced position.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Explore a Career as a Paralegal Details + Objective

Course Code: pc1

You Will Learn
  • Discover what paralegals do and find out what you'll need to know in order to begin your own paralegal career
  • Get an excellent grounding in legal terminology, contract law, and the tort system
  • learn how to perform legal analysis, conduct interviews and investigations, write legal briefs, and prepare for appeals
  • get tips on internships and job-hunting
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn to determine if becoming a paralegal is the right career choice for you how to best begin your paralegal career
  • Open the door to more career opportunities as you gain basic paralegal training
Explore a Career as a Paralegal Outline
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Week 1

Begin with a general overview of the American legal system before looking at the details of what a paralegal’s job entails, and spend some time discussing the current job prospects for paralegals. Then, explore the paralegal’s work environment and learn about a paralegal’s work prior to, during and after a trial.

Week 2

Learn simple definitions of the legal terms that you'll need to understand and use in your daily work as a paralegal. Then, learn about the necessary elements that go into a legal, enforceable contract so you can be familiar with the various terms related to contract law and feel comfortable in distinguishing a valid contract form one that's unenforceable.

Week 3

Learn the types of tort law actions and have a discussion around tort law practice. Then, learn about some of the most interesting tasks paralegal have — legal analysis and drafting legal documents. You’ll learn an easy-to-remember formula that's the basis for legal analysis, and then how to apply analysis to the drafting of legal documents.

Week 4

Cover the goals of legal investigation as well as the best methods and look at evidence: how to get it, how to mark it, how to protect it, and how to organize it. By the end of this lesson, you should be prepared to conduct a thorough and effective legal investigation. Then, sharply tune your communication skills with everything you’ll need to conduct great interviews.

Week 5

Discuss legal authority and its various categories, including primary, secondary, mandatory, and persuasive authority and learn about the research process itself. Then, learn specific techniques for effective legal writing including formatting, organization, grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.

Week 6

Learn about the aftermath of a trial and how the parties begin to prepare for appeal as you discover the difference between questions of law and questions of fact and see how these differences will form the basis of your research. You’ll also about how to prepare an appellate brief and how to form a research plan. Finally, you’ll gain sources for job leads, and learn how to develop good working skills and habits.

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Explore a Career as a Paralegal Instructors
Sam Germana

Sam Germana is General Counsel for a New Jersey hospital and previously worked for a private law firm representing physicians and hospitals. He has taught paralegal studies online and in the classroom since 1997, and he is an adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Elizabeth.

Explore a Career as a Paralegal Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Explore a Career as a Paralegal Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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