Course Summary
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Organization's ID:
16 weeks, 64 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Paralegal Studies


This program prepares participants to transition from the classroom to the legal community with a comprehensive knowledge base for work as paralegals within legal and ethical parameters. Emphasis is placed on foundational skill development. A building block learning approach is taken, with focus on legal terminology, sources of law, legal research techniques, and legal writing strategies applied to core paralegal functions and fourteen specific substantive law areas. Skill sets are developed in the core areas of law office technology and operations, and administrative support for all stages of the legal process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply ethics rules in the legal environment
  • Explain the procedural rules for case management and compliance
  • Use electronic legal research using Lexis and Westlaw
  • Apply legal analysis based on law interpretation
  • Organize legal documents by using legal technology
  • Remember key components of fourteen substantive areas of law
  • Demonstrate fundamental and substantive specific skillsets associated with career readiness

General Topics:

  • Foundations Tort law Contract Law Business Law Real Estate Law Foreclosure and Eviction Law Bankruptcy Law Elder and Healthcare Law Wills, Trust & Estate Law Family Law Employment & Workers’ Compensation Law Immigration Law Criminal Law & Procedure
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Portfolio

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Portfolio

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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