The Paralegal Course provides theoretical and practical instruction that enables students to gain competency as an entry-level paralegal or legal assistant. Students are trained on the principles of law and how to conduct legal research; they gain skills in legal writing, interviewing and investigations and civil and criminal law procedures.
Students explore the responsibilities and duties of paralegals, including how the field has changed and grown. Then, students discover the structure of the United States Court System, including the supreme law (the U.S. Constitution) and the origination of laws. Students are also introduced to the nuances of legal writing style.
Students learn how legal research is performed, from federal and state court research to statutory research, including shepardizing. Then, students are introduced to criminal law, from the elements of crime, to prosecution, defense and the trial itself.
Students are introduced to trial preparation, from preparing exhibits, briefs and interrogatories to conducting interviews. Law specialties covered include civil law, personal injury and torts, and family law.
In the final pack, students continue to develop hands-on skills in legal document writing, while exploring the diversity of law specialties available, including contract law, estates, wills and trusts, real estate law, business law and environmental law