Introduction to Paralegal Profession
Are you looking for a career change? Have you always wanted to work in the legal profession but do not have the time or money to attend law school?
Paralegals play an important role in a law practice. Typically, the Paralegal is the direct line of communication between the Client, the Court, and the Attorney. Also, Paralegals conduct legal research and writing, assist with trial preparation, and manage the organization of the law firm files.
This Course will give you the necessary tools to be prepared for your first Paralegal job.
The Course is broken up into 6 sessions with each session being 1 hour in length.
Class 1: What is a Paralegal?
– Role of a Paralegal in law practice.
– Difference between Paralegal, Legal Assistant, and Legal Secretary.
– The Law Firm atmosphere.
– Educational requirements.
– Ethical requirements of a Paralegal.
– Tips for getting the first job.
– Read Handout #1
– Practical Assignment #1
Class 2: American Legal System and Structure of Court System
– U.S. Federal Courts
– State Courts
– Local Courts
– Common Law
– Statutory Law
– The difference between each level of Court
– Read Handout #2
– Practical Assignment #2
Class 3: Paralegal in Civil Litigation
– Demand Letter
– Discovery Procedures
– Trial Preparation
– Calendaring the dates.
– Alternative Dispute Resolution
– Read Handout #3
– Practical Assignment #3
Class 4: Paralegal Role in Practice Areas
– Real Property
– Estate Planning
– Family Law
– Read Handout #4
– Practical Assignment #4
Class 5: Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law and Court Opinions
– Online research tools
– Library research tools
– Is your case still good law?
– Briefing a case (IRAC System)
– Read Handout #5
– Practical Assignment #5
Class 6: Applying the Law to the Case
– Parts of the Legal Memorandum
– Drafting the Legal Memorandum
– Materials to provide with Legal Memorandum
– Dealing with “constructive criticism” with your writing
– Read Handout #6
– Practical Assignment #6
A. PowerPoint Presentation Slides (Handout) with Discussion Points.
B. Examples of certain legal documents and research materials.
C. Practical Assignment using real world legal situations.