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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.
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.
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.
In the movies and on TV, attorneys learn valuable facts when they cross-examine witnesses at trial. In the real world, attorneys know what witnesses are expected to say long before trial. They also know or try to know all the significant facts of a case long before trial. This information often comes from legal investigation.That’s the subject for this lesson. We’ll cover the goals of legal investigation as well as the best methods. We’ll 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.
The strongest kind of information is the spoken words of people telling what they know. But before clients and witnesses can share their knowledge, someone must interview them. Interviewing is an interpersonal skill, and that's what we'll concentrate on in this lesson. We’ll begin by discussing the initial client interview, starting with the setting for the interview and its content. Then we'll take a look at the intake memorandum, which paralegals typically draft at the conclusion of the initial client interview. We'll also talk about witness interviews and how to prepare clients and witnesses for trial and deposition questions. By the end of this lesson, your communication skills should be sharply tuned.
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Thank you for the opportunity to explore a new and exciting area in my life. I found it helpful and enjoyed the comments from other students.
This was a very good course to take to start off a paralegal career. It gave you the indepth basics you need to see if you want to continue with further education.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Just enough information to peak my interest in taking more courses in the paralegal field.
I just wanted to take this time to thank Mr. Germana for introducing us to the world of the paralegal. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the challenge. You made it interesting, fun, and most of all it was extremely informative. I am now enrolled in a paralegal certificate college course. I feel much more confident that I will be able to do well in this upcoming college course thanks to you and this wonderful introduction.
This class went beyond a general knowledge of what a paralegal does. By the time I finished the class, I felt I learned the basics to perform the tasks of an entry-level paralegal. I highly recommend the instructor who is knowledgeable and always willing to help and/or answer any questions that we may have. I think anyone who has an interest to enter the legal field should take this class. Thank you!
I loved this course. I have thought for awhile now that I might like to pursue a career as a paralegal and taking this class has helped me in making a final decision. I appreciate all of the help that the instructor provided and am looking forward to continuing my education.
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