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Paralegalism Career Overview


Paralegals can assist lawyers in the delivery of many basic services. A paralegal`s general knowledge about the American Legal System and specific knowledge about civil and criminal law can enhance a paralegal`s value in the workplace. Gaining an overview of the law can provide students with insight about this fast-growing area of the law.

REQUIRED TEXT: West`s Paralegal Today: The Essentials. 2nd Edition. Roger LeRoy Millier & Mary Meinzinger Urisko. 2000. Delmar Publishing. ISBN: 0-7668-1016-X

For this Basic Completion course, students have 24/7 access to on-line testing materials.


Upon completion of this course, students will have:

  • learned about the American Legal System;
  • discovered the different roles a paralegal can fill; and
  • reinforced their learning through the on-line quizzes which are always available.


Students will complete open-book multiple choice exams on each chapter of material in the course.

This course is entirely self-paced. Students can take the quizzes at any time as there is no instructor involvement.

course quick facts
course code DED2801
cost $69.00
estimated time to
complete course
10 Hours
course materials
2 Weeks

George Guay is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, and has spent the last decade teaching a variety of online law courses that cover topics such as, Paralegalism, Business Organizations and the Law, Contract Law, and Ethics and the Law. Guay has authored a number law related documents including bar review outlines and texts for courses covering the LSAT. He has taught over thirty subjects in online courses, which have covered a myriad of subjects from law to criminal justice.


"My increased knowledge has now allowed me to work on special projects and teams at work. I have a better understanding of what is happening from a legal standpoint as we do negotiations of contracts.I have a greater knowledge of how to research for different subjects within my work environment and am able to understand terminology of our negotiation processes." - Deborah Blythe