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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 fact, a skilled paralegal can do almost all the jobs a lawyer does.

In this course, you will discover what paralegals do and find out what you will need to know in order to begin your own paralegal career. You will start by getting an excellent grounding in legal terminology, contract law, and the tort system. Next, you will learn how to perform legal analysis, conduct interviews and investigations, write legal briefs, and prepare for appeals. And finally, you will get tips on internships and job-hunting.

By the time you're finished, you will know if becoming a paralegal is the right career choice for you.

Enrollment Options:

Instructor-Led
6 Weeks Access Course Code: pc1
Start Dates* Dec 15 | Jan 06 | Feb 10 | Mar 10
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$129.99

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Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9285
No Instructor, Start Anytime

$129.99

USD

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Syllabus

What Is a Paralegal?

Lawyers simply don't have time to do everything their job requires them to do. As a result, they often hire paralegals to be their right hands. This lesson begins with a general overview of the paralegal's job responsibilities within the American legal system.

How Do Paralegals Integrate Into a Law Practice?

This lesson discusses the paralegal's work environment in three different types of employment: a law firm, a corporation, and the public sector. You will also explore the paralegal's post-trial duties to give you a comprehensive sense of what a paralegal does on a daily basis.

Legal Terminology

This lesson focuses on simple definitions of the legal terms that you will need to understand and use in your daily work. At the end of this lesson, terms like movant and tortfeasor should roll off your tongue with ease.

Contract Law

Contract law is a large part of most law practices. As a paralegal, you will often assist with preparing contracts. In this lesson, you will learn about the necessary elements that go into a legal, enforceable contract. Since even the most carefully prepared contract can sometimes go awry, you will also get a large dose of contract litigation.

Tort Law

This lesson will discuss the types of tort law actions. You will learn about intentional and quasi-intentional torts, and then you will explore negligent torts. You will also look at a few other areas of tort law, including strict liability, products liability, and nuisance torts.

Analyzing and Drafting Legal Documents

This lesson addresses both legal analysis and drafting legal documents. You will learn how to apply analysis to the drafting of legal documents, as well as an easy-to-remember formula for legal analysis.

Investigating Legal Matters

This lesson covers legal investigation. You will learn the goals of legal investigations as well as the best methods for conducting them. You will look at evidence: how to acquire, mark, protect, and organize it.

Legal Interviewing

This lesson covers legal interviewing. You will begin by discussing the initial client interview, starting with the setting for the interview and its content. Then you will look at the intake memorandum, which paralegals typically draft at the end of the initial client interview.

Conducting Legal Research

Finding this case law is the heart of legal research, and one of the most important tasks assigned to paralegals. This lesson will first discuss legal authority and its various categories, including primary, secondary, mandatory, and persuasive authority.

Writing Legal Briefs

Once you complete your legal research, you must be able to communicate the results in legal briefs. You will begin by looking at the proper format and organization of a legal brief, noting the various sections and citations. Then, you will learn how to make an effective legal argument.

Appellate Procedure

This lesson covers the appellate procedure. You will learn how to prepare an appellate brief, how to form a research plan, and the difference between questions of law and questions of fact.

Job Hunting

This final lesson deals with job hunting. You will gain some useful sources for job leads and discover how to develop good working skills and habits.

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructor

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.

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The paralegal salary and employment opportunities will grow over 8% annually through 2029! Get your paralegal certificate today!


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), the median annual pay for paralegals and legal assistants was $52,920 in May 2021. So, as a paralegal, you can be a helping hand of a lawyer or attorney, where you maintain legal documents, update files, do research and write the first draft of the documents. There are currently 104,000 millennials working as paralegals and legal assistants. Moreover, the employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8% annually from 2019 to 2029. This is a great time to earn your paralegal certificate!

You will learn how to interview witnesses, use proper etiquette for legal writing, and understand the four stages of litigation. And you will do it all online at your own pace with a facilitator who will provide one-on-one interaction by answering questions and providing feedback on your performance. Join the ranks of hundreds of individuals who have successfully completed the ExpertRating Paralegal Certification and go on to work in a variety of settings, mainly employed by law firms, government agencies and legal departments at corporations. You can enroll at any time, so start your new career as a paralegal today.

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Your fee includes worldwide airmail delivery of the hard copy Paralegal Certification. The paralegal certificate can be used to prove your certified status and does not mention the word "online". Also receive an online transcript that mentions your score and which you can use to prove your certified credentials on the internet at any time. Plus you get the in-depth Paralegal Certification courseware including scenarios and case studies.