Course Code: GES270
Learn the fundamentals of what it means to be a paralegal in the legal system. Understand what to expect from the legal system job market and what daily tasks many paralegals face on the jobs.
Discover the various rules and regulations paralegals and their counterparts are expected to uphold. Learn the ethical code that paralegals and attorneys are required to abide by.
Master the fundamentals of the legal system. Learn the basics of legal analysis, legal interviewing, and what’s required during an investigation in a law office.
Study the ins and outs of legal research, including legal writing best practices and advanced legal research.
Understand the legal system and how it pertains to the use of computers and law office administration.
Cover various types of law that are available to pursue, including tort law, product liability, consumer law, contracts law, insurance law, property law, estate and family law, laws affecting business, and criminal law.
Casey Thompson is a licensed attorney in Texas. Before he started teaching, his major areas of practice were business and corporate law, entertainment law, and intellectual property rights. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and holds a law degree from the Texas A&M School of Law. Along with his online paralegal courses, Thompson also teaches at the college level in the areas of state and federal government.
In order to enroll in this course, you must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. We also recommend that you have computer skills, including knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and PowerPoint), and good keyboarding skills (60 words per minute or faster). Also helpful are good skills in English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
NALA Certification Eligibility Requirements
If you plan to pursue the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA) credential, you must meet one of the requirements for eligibility shown below under the heading "NALA Certification Eligibility Requirements." This Paralegal Online Training course is 300 clock hours. In order to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the CP/CLA credentialing exam using this course, you must also hold a Bachelor's degree in any field, or you must have seven years of experience as a legal assistant under the supervision of a member of the Bar.
To be eligible for the CLA examination, a legal assistant must meet one of the following alternate requirements:
1. Graduation from a legal assistant program that is:
2. A Bachelor's degree in any field, plus one year of experience as a legal assistant. Successful completion of at least 15 semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours or 225 clock hours) of substantive legal assistant programs will be considered equivalent to one year's experience as a legal assistant.
3. A high school diploma or equivalent, plus seven years of experience as a legal assistant under the supervision of a member of the Bar, plus evidence of a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing legal education credit to have been completed within a two-year period prior to the examination date.
If you do not meet the eligibility requirements above, our Legal Secretary course is a nice alternative: Legal Secretary.
For additional information about the 2018 exam changes, please see New Exam.
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) is America’s foremost organization dedicated to paralegals. It works toward upholding the standards of the profession by providing continuing legal education, certifications, and professional development for legal assistants throughout the country. Earning NALA’s Certified Paralegal credential will not only demonstrate your knowledge to employers, but also your professionalism. Enroll in a paralegal course certified by NALA today, and you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career in the legal industry.
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the certified Paralegal exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants(NALA) and receive an exam voucher after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. You will also receive a voucher to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants(NALA) Certified Paralegal exam.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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