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Complete Paralegal Training Program (Self-Paced)

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Description

This state-of-the-art paralegal home training course, through which the student may quickly and easily learn this complex, prestigious and fascinating discipline, was developed by a battle-tested paralegal and then edited and rendered into its final form by educators who innovated an "accelerated instruction mental technology" for multilevel learning and retention. It is a fast-track program and should take about 5 to 6 months to complete. The career outlook is excellent. Many opportunities exist for paralegals to specialize in various types of law, such as real estate, criminal, family, personal injury, business, etc., and job opportunities are steadily increasing.

This course consists of 2 sections. Section I contains the "all about the law" information, and Section II focuses on law specialties, complete with samples of pleadings, formats, and citations. It`s streamlined and yet quite comprehensive - all you`d need to learn to enter the field. It is designed to teach the functions and processes of institutions in the U.S. legal system, roles and issues in the field, and selected specialties of law, without teaching you things you don`t need. It discusses employment opportunities and provides dozens of websites for research purposes to enhance your educational skills on-line, in addition to opportunities to network for working possibilities and resources after you`re working.

This course also covers broader and more general issues directly relevant to the profession, an overview of American Law, court systems and litigation. It covers information on how to do interviews (interrogations), legal writing, research, the use of citations and preparation of the documents required. Since the Internet has become a major resource to the profession, hundreds of sites are provided for references and research projects both in the course and for future use in the profession. It reviews English grammar and provides all the typing rules, complete with the captions for different types of courts and actions.

(OPTIONAL/NOT REQUIRRED) You can add a legal transcription dictation module for $299. This consists of 5 hours of legal dictation and the on-line keys to check your work. You will need a cassette transcriber for these dictations, which you can find in various places around the net, both new and reconditioned, for reasonable prices.



Outcomes

Expect to gain a full and practical knowledge of this highly complex and prestigious field, with skills useful in various aspects of the industry, legal secretarial, legal assistant, and paralegal. The student must pass a final examination before a grade of pass/fail will be awarded. Successful passing students will be provided a Certificate of Completion.

The outlook for legal work in all the areas described is very good. It is expected to continue to be a high growth profession through 2005, driven by a steady increase in high demand.

Public and private concerns who require your newly acquired expertise are:

  • Private law firms
  • Banks
  • Insurance agencies
  • Real estate companies
  • Legal clinics
  • Courts
  • Government agencies
  • Charitable organizations
  • Accounting and engineering firms
  • Title companies
  • Construction companies
  • Legal aid offices

Paralegals either work with attorneys who assume professional responsibility for the final work product, or work in areas where "lay" individuals are explicitly authorized by statute or regulation to assume certain law-related responsibilities.

Paralegals who work in the private sector are usually employed by law firms and corporations and often specialize in areas of law such as:

  • Litigation
  • Probate
  • Real estate
  • Corporate
  • Taxation
  • Domestic relations
  • Employee benefits

Paralegals who work in the public sector are often employed by:Non-profit public law firm and State or local government agencies in areas such as:

  • Welfare
  • Family law
  • Health care
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Disability benefits
  • Unemployment compensation or
  • Social security


Assessment

Self-assessment follows each lesson set so the student is constantly aware of progress, and concludes with a final examination.

course quick facts
course code DED2804
cost $1499.00
estimated time to
complete course
160 Hours
course materials
available
6 Months
instructor

Jari Davis is the primary course author, and has developed an interactive online Paralegal Training Program, which information is presented, digested, and integrated into quiz formats, leading the student through very complex legal materials in a rapid and easy fashion.