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Paralegal Specialist Program


Paralegal online programProgram Duration: 15 Months
Course Contact Hours: 1035
Student Tuition: $6,000.00

Our Paralegal Specialist course takes paralegal training one step further than merely learning to be a paralegal. This course concentrates on Paralegal training along with Criminal Justice. Paralegals help lawyers get ready for hearings, trials, as well as corporate meetings. However, their certain tasks may differ depending upon the size of the firm or organization. Our Paralegal program will engage student’s in the study of the law and just what it means to a Paralegal along with presenting a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, criminal evidence and several parts and the roles within the court system.

This program combines a four course training track:

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Criminal Justice

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Overview

Paralegal: An Introduction helps the paralegal field come alive for the student. It makes use of real-world illustrations, offering practical uses for every concept discussed. Within this program each student will get a comprehensive primer to not only the legal system in general but also to certain areas of the law and the paralegal’s important role as a member of the legal team.

Prerequisite(s): None

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

After finishing this program, you should have the ability to:

  • Comprehend the job description and classifications of the paralegal profession.
  • Comprehend law ethics, the categories of law, and the court system.
  • Describe the steps connected with different legal processes.
  • Identify the vital factors of the law.
  • Determine the various sorts of law.

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

Overview

The Paralegal: Intermediate program presents you with extensive, updated information about the use of technology by paralegals in all types of legal organizations. It defines standard computer principles as well as more complicated skills and software programs.

This program covers crucial topics like an updated conversation of electronic discovery, Internet legal/factual research, legal timekeeping and billing, litigation support software, and case management and docket control software. A selection of other topics are covered including Westlaw Next, Google Scholar, mobile computing, document management, security, ethics, the electronic courthouse as well as numerous other trends in legal computing.

Prerequisite(s): Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

After completing this training program, you should have the ability to:

  • Type swiftly and accurately.
  • Comprehend the use of computers in the law office.
  • Identify kinds of spreadsheets, legal timekeeping, and billing software used in the law office.
  • Identify kinds of databases and litigation support software employed in the law office.
  • Specify the kinds of technology used in the courtroom.

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Overview

Become engaged in the study of the law and what it means to a Paralegal. This course explains how numerous elements of the law affect the individual, filling a space for those wanting to find out about several of the personal law issues that confront individuals in their everyday lives.

Our Paralegal: Advanced training course makes use of theoretical and real models to illustrate critical elements of the law and to inspire insight. This training course also integrates thorough coverage of ethical problems and the law. Students are going to get to know about international and comparative law in order to give the student crucial knowledge when it comes to today’s global marketplace.

Prerequisite(s): Paralegal 1: An Introduction & Paralegal 2 : Intermediate

Paralegal 3: Advanced

After finishing this training program, you should be able to:

  • Type quickly and correctly.
  • Understand the use of computer systems within the law office.
  • Recognize forms of spreadsheets, legal timekeeping, as well as billing software used in the law office.
  • Recognize sorts of databases and litigation support software used in the law office.
  • Specify the types of technology utilized in the courtroom.

Criminal Justice

Overview

Criminal Justice is an enjoyable and evolving profession! Criminal justice is the use or study of laws regarding criminal behavior. Those individuals who study criminal justice incorporate the police, those employed in a judiciary capacity, and lawyers who either defend or prosecute individuals accused of a crime. Other people work to advocate for changes in the present-day system of criminal justice, like individuals who make decisions regarding present-day laws, like members of Supreme Courts.

This training program studies a variety of elements of the criminal justice system. Criminal Justice is the structure of practices as well as institutions of governments directed at maintaining social control, preventing and mitigating crime, or sanctioning people who break laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts.

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this training program, you will have the ability to:

  • Understand the criminal justice system as well as notable kinds of crime.
  • Determine various concepts addressing criminal behavior.
  • Recognize the methods and also approaches for policing in the US.
  • Understand the different parts and their roles within the court system.
  • Pinpoint aspects of the correctional system and kinds of sentences.

Certification

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Upon successful completion of our 3 levels of Paralegal courses (900 hours), students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Paralegal and will be prepared to sit for the NALA national certification exam to become a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) or Certified Paralegal (CP).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Read Full Course Outline

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Outline

Paralegal: An Introduction Module 1
The Paralegal Profession

  • What Do Paralegals Do?
  • Paralegal Skills & Attributes
  • The Future of Paralegalism
  • Career Opportunities
  • Paralegal Specialties
  • Paralegal Compensation
  • Planning Your Career
  • Marketing Your Skills
  • The Inner Workings of the Law Office
  • Organizational Structure
  • Employment Policies
  • Filing Procedures
  • Financial Procedures
  • Law Office Culture & Politics

Paralegal: An Introduction Module 2
Ethics, the Law & the Court System

  • The Regulation of Attorneys
  • Attorney Ethics & Paralegal Practice
  • Regulation of Paralegals
  • The Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Sources of American Law
  • Case Law & the Common Law Tradition
  • Constitutional Law
  • Statutory Law
  • Administrative Law
  • National & International Law
  • Basic Judicial Requirements
  • State Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Paralegal: An Introduction Module 3
Legal Procedures

  • Researching Case Law
  • Finding Relevant Cases
  • The Case Reporting System
  • Analyzing Case Law
  • Researching Constitutional & Statutory Law
  • Analyzing Statutory Law
  • Researching Administrative Law
  • Online Legal Research
  • Free Legal Resources on the Internet
  • Lexis & Westlaw
  • alternative Online Programs
  • Conducting Online Research
  • Legal Writing
  • The Importance of Good Writing Skills
  • Pleadings and Discovery
  • General Legal Correspondence
  • The Legal Memorandum

Paralegal: An Introduction Module 4
Paralegal Skills & Legal Procedures

  • Civil Litigation
  • Preliminary Investigation
  • The Pleadings
  • Pretrial Motions
  • Traditional Discovery Tools
  • The Duty to Disclose
  • Planning the Interview
  • Interviewing Clients
  • Interviewing Witnesses
  • Planning & Conducting Investigations
  • Preparing for Trial
  • Jury Selection
  • The Trial
  • Posttrial Motions & Procedures
  • Criminal Law & Procedures
  • Elements of Criminal Liability
  • Types of Crimes
  • Constitutional Safeguards
  • Criminal Procedures & Trial
  • Paralegal: An Introduction Module 5
  • Key Elements of the Law
  • The Basis of Tort Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Cyber Torts
  • Strict Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Consumer Law
  • Contracts & Intellectual Property Law
  • Requirements to Form a Valid Contract
  • Defenses to Contract Enforceability
  • Sales Contracts & Warranties
  • Electronic Contracting
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Insurance Law

Paralegal: An Introduction Module 6
Additional Types of Law 

  • Family Law
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estates
  • Forms of Business Organization
  • Agency Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family & Medical Leave
  • Workers’ Compensation Laws
  • The Bankruptcy Code
  • The Bankruptcy Trustee
  • Liquidation Proceedings
  • Individual Repayment Plans
  • Filing the Petition
  • Confirmation of the Plan
  • Reorganizations
  • Debtor in Possession
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Regulation of the Environment

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

Outline

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 1
Typing Practice & Improvement

  • Pre-Test Your Typing Ability
  • Finger Positioning Exercises
  • Typing Practice Games
  • Typing Progress Tracking
  • Improve Your Typing Skills
  • Increase Your Typing Speed

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 2
Overview of Computers in the Law Office

  • Introduction to Computers and the Law
  • Elementary Computer Concepts
  • Specific Law Office Applications of Computer Software
  • How Computers Can Help the Legal Assistant
  • Legal Technology Trends
  • Legal Ethics and Computer Technology
  • Centralized and Decentralized Word Processing Systems
  • Legal Word-Processing Programs
  • Legal Word-Processing Fundamentals
  • PDF File Creation
  • Document Assembly Programs
  • Word Processing in the Legal Environment

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 3
Spreadsheet Software, Legal Timekeeping & Billing Software

  • What is a Spreadsheet?
  • “What If” Analysis
  • Structure and Organization
  • Spreadsheet Fundamentals
  • Spreadsheet Planning
  • Spreadsheets in the Legal Environment
  • Introduction to Timekeeping and Billing
  • Manual versus Computerized Billing Systems
  • The Computerized Timekeeping and Billing Process
  • Kinds of Legal Fee Agreements
  • Legal Expenses
  • Timekeeping and Billing for Legal Assistants
  • Functions of a Successful Billing System
  • Computerized Timekeeping and Billing
  • Integrating Timekeeping and Billing
  • Accounting, and Case Management
  • What to Look for in Timekeeping and Billing Software
  • Billing from the Corporate and Government Perspective
  • The Ethics of Timekeeping and Billing

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 4
Databases, Docket Control Software & Electronic Discovery

  • What is a Database?
  • How Databases Are Used in Law Offices
  • Calendaring, Docket Control, and Case Management
  • Introduction to Docket Control / Case Management
  • Manual Docket Control
  • Types of Computerized Docket Control Systems
  • Overview of Computerized Legal Case Management and Docket Control
  • Implementing Case Management Systems–Why They Fail
  • The Docket Cycle
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Electronically Stored Information
  • Electronic Discovery Overview
  • The Electronic Discovery Process
  • The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Electronically Stored Information
  • Producing and Receiving ESI

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 5
Litigation Support Software & Computer-Assisted Legal Research

  • Information and Documents to Be Tracked in Litigation
  • Why Litigation Support?
  • Manual Litigation Support Methods
  • Overview of Computerized Litigation Support
  • Types of Computerized Litigation Support Systems
  • The Litigation Support Process
  • Litigation Support Tips
  • Questions and Fears about Computerized Litigation Support
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Use of the Internet in Legal Organizations
  • Searching for and Finding Information on the World Wide Web
  • Performing Legal Research on the Internet
  • Problems with Researching on the Internet
  • CALR: Online Legal Databases
  • Fee-Based Computer-Assisted Legal Research Services
  • WESTLAW & LexisNexis
  • Other CALR Fee-Based Service Providers
  • Increased Productivity on CALR Systems
  • Legal Organization Web Pages
  • Legal Organization Intranets and Extranets

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 6
The Electronic Courthouse, Automated Courtroom, and Presentation Graphics

  • The Electronic Courthouse
  • The Automated Courtroom
  • Overview of Presentation and Trial Presentation Software
  • Creating Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Courtroom Presentation Tips
  • Presentation Graphics in the Legal Environment

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Outline

Paralegal: Advanced Module 1
Introduction to the Law

  • The English Source of U.S. Law
  • Modern Sources of U.S. Law
  • Types & Classifications of Law
  • The Relationship Between Law & Ethics
  • Using Court Cases
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Separation of Powers
  • The National Government
  • What is Federalism?
  • The Police Power
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Freedom of Speech & Religion
  • Unreasonable Searches
  • Due Process of Law
  • Affirmative Action
  • The Right to Privacy

Paralegal: Advanced Module 2
The Court System & The Attorney

  • What is Trial Court?
  • Appellate Court
  • Understanding Jurisdiction
  • The State Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • Trial Proceedings
  • The Adversarial System
  • Attorneys-at-Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Hire & Fire an Attorney
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Paralegal: Advanced Module 3
Administrative Law & Crimes

  • What is Administrative Law?
  • History of U.S. Administrative Law
  • Administrative Agencies
  • Areas of Administrative Law
  • Agency Power, Process, & Action
  • Limits of Agency Power
  • What is a Crime?
  • Parties to a Crime
  • Corpus Delicti
  • Felony, Misdemeanor, or Infraction
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Crimes Against Property
  • Defenses to Crimes
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Procedures in a Criminal Trial
  • Parole, Probation, & Clemency

Paralegal: Advanced Module 4
Torts & Contracts

  • What are Torts?
  • Torts by Intentional Conduct
  • Torts by Negligent Behavior
  • Strict Liability Torts
  • Damages & the Collection of Damages
  • Contracts: Enforceable Agreements
  • How are Contracts Classified?
  • Requisites of a Valid Contract
  • Third Parties in Contracts
  • Discharged Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Individual Consumer Contracts
  • Warranty Protection

Paralegal: Advanced Module 5
Application of Law to the Individual

  • Family Law
  • Marriage Laws
  • Legal Consequences of Marriage
  • Laws Governing Parenthood
  • Protection of Minors
  • Termination of Marriage
  • Family Law Contracts
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Owning a Motor Vehicle
  • Driving a Motor Vehicle
  • Purchasing Automobile Insurance
  • Acquiring Ownership of Personal Property
  • Will or Inheritance
  • Mislaid, Lost, & Abandoned Property

Paralegal: Advanced Module 6
Renters, Landlords & Home Ownership 

  • Types of Leases
  • Landlord-Tenant Relationship
  • Legal Remedies for Landlords
  • Legal Remedies for Tenants
  • Characteristics of Home Ownership
  • Dealing with Real Estate Agents
  • Offer to Purchase a Home
  • Financing the Purchase of a Home
  • What is Escrow?
  • Title Insurance
  • Role of Attorney in Home Transactions
  • Home Taxes
  • Home Insurance
  • Neighbor Laws

Paralegal: Advanced Module 7
Employer/Employee Law & Estate Planning

  • Employee & Employer Rights and Duties
  • Classification of Employees
  • Laws Against Discrimination
  • The Basic Duties of Employees
  • Common Benefits of Employees
  • Rights Regarding Unions
  • Arbitration of Employment Disputes
  • What is Estate Planning?
  • Tax Burdens Reduced or Avoided
  • Matters Concerning Wills
  • Matters Concerning Probate
  • Living Wills & Advance Directives
  • Matters Concerning Trusts
  • Different Types of Trusts
  • Ways to Avoid Probate
  • Conservatorship & Guardianship

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Criminal Justice

Outline

Criminal Justice Module 1
Understanding Criminal Justice

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • The Decision-Making Process
  • Formal and Informal Decision Making
  • The Model of Justice
  • The History of Crime Control
  • How is Crime Defined?
  • The Major Types of Crime
  • The Measurement of Crime

Criminal Justice Module 2
Criminal Behavior & the Law

  •  Crime Causation
  • The Classical Theories
  • Crime Victims & Their Characteristics
  • The Positivist Theories
  • Social Conflict Theories
  • Defining Crime and Legal Responsibility
  • The Classification of Crimes
  • Criminal versus Civil Law
  • Due Process

Criminal Justice Module 3
Policing Roles & Planning

  • Evolution of Policing in the U.S.
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Organizational Structure of Policing
  • Responsibilities of the Police
  • Strategies of Crime Control
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Community-Oriented Policing
  • Police & the Law
  • Responsible Arrests
  • Searches without Warrants
  • The Miranda Warnings
  • The USA Patriot Act of 2001
  • Police Corruption

Criminal Justice Module 4
The Court System

  • The Structure of the Court System
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The Courtroom Work Group
  • The Selection of Judges
  • The Roles of Prosecutors & Defense Counsel
  • The Pretrial Process
  • The Right to Counsel
  • Testing Government’s Case
  • The Role of the Jury
  • The Criminal Trial Process
  • Plea Bargaining & Plea Negotiations

Criminal Justice Module 5
The Correction System

  • The Purposes of Punishment
  • Types of Sentences
  • Determining Sentences
  • The Death Penalty
  • Probation & Parole
  • Community Corrections
  • The Evolution of Probation & Parole
  • Community Corrections Today
  • Intermediate Sanctions

Criminal Justice Module 6
Prisons, Jails, & Prisoners

  • Prison Populations
  • Penal Institutions
  • Corrections Officers
  • Major Characteristics of Prisoners
  • Prison as a Total Institution
  • The Male Inmate verses Incarcerated Women
  • Prison Violence
  • Common Prison Programs
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • The Juvenile Court System
  • Juvenile Corrections

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Materials Included:

  • Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work by Roger Miller & Mary Meinzinger Urisko

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

Materials Included:

  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 18 – Software
  • Using Computers in the Law Office by Matthew S. Cornick

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Materials Included:

  • Understanding the Law by Donald L. Carper & John A. McKinsey

Criminal Justice

Materials Included:

  • CJUS by Laura Myers, Larry Myers, & Joel Samaha

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware

  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
    • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
    • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)