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The paralegal field is highly rewarding for those who seek to be a part of the justice system. On a daily basis, the paralegal is the lawyer’s right hand. From the perspective of the law, paralegals are almost like junior lawyers in so far as they must know a lot of what the lawyers know as they will create and present documents for execution upon their lawyer's approval. Paralegals are detail-oriented people, and they will follow up on communications, confirm court dates, check client backgrounds, smooth client relations, help law office to law office relations, and check every detail and every reference in all of their lawyer's documents. In addition, they'll research applicable laws and case references, prepare all court documents, and generally keep their lawyer moving forward.
Trial paralegals also prepare the case interrogatories, file with opposing counsel for discovery, prep the client for deposition and accompany the attorney to court. Although the work is quite detailed, in practice, a paralegal's work is anything but secretarial and many have equal use of their attorney's secretary. Some paralegals also have legal assistants [junior paralegals] to whom they delegate details of their responsibilities.
This introductory Paralegal Studies course is designed to give you information you need to become a successful paralegal. It will take you through a survey of what is needed to become a paralegal, how you may choose to go about it, all of the business details which are generally not known until you are within a firm, and some of the social skills and information you will need to survive and thrive in a firm. If you already have your paralegal certification, then this course will be beneficial if you are seeking your first firm position. You will get an insider's scoop on common mistakes and pitfalls, and you will know how to avoid or overcome common faux pas.
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By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define what a paralegal is.
- Describe attorneys, attitudes, egos and your managing attorney.
- Describe language and business philosophy that brings favor from attorneys.
- Describe things paralegals get burned over - protocol and scapegoats.
- Summarize how to get along with your interoffice competition.
- Summarize priorities and management styles.
- Describe research, attorney support and Lexis Nexis.
- Describe email, phone calls and filing procedures.
- Summarize client relations and office to office relations.
- Describe attorney/client privilege and your role in it.
- Summarize office politics, downsizing and firm mergers, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1: So You Want To Be A Paralegal? This lesson will cover some of the practical things to consider or research before taking the leap into a paralegal course or signing on with a firm.
Lesson 2: Qualifying, Education & Certifications The initial and primary concerns of anyone who wants to become a paralegal are "Do I qualify?" and "What type of education do I need?" These are important questions to be answered before setting sail into the world of legal services.
Lesson 3: Making the Cut - Getting Hired & Negotiating Your Salary This is a cardinal rule in law: He who speaks first loses. At a time when you are seeking to win, don't let your tongue set you up for a loss.
Lesson 4: Unspoken Expectations & How to Get Promoted at Your Firm Everyone has expectations; spoken and unspoken. Law firms are no different since they are made up of people. The better paying the firm, the greater the expectations they have of you.
Lesson 5: Attorneys, Attitudes, Egos and Your Managing Attorney First and foremost it is helpful for a new paralegal to have a general understanding of their attorneys and what makes attorneys tick.
Lesson 6: Language and Business Philosophy That Brings Favor From Attorneys Language and business philosophy are two things that an attorney focuses in on in his everyday dealings.
Lesson 7: Things Paralegals Get Burned Over - Protocol & Scapegoats Protocol is the established, proper and correct order of business and business communications in a firm which must comply with state and federal laws and regulation.
Lesson 8: Pecking Order Among Paralegals - How to Get Along with Your Interoffice Competition Unlike other modern businesses, the pecking order in law firms remains traditional in the sense that paralegals with the most years in tenure are the top chicks in the pecking.
Lesson 9: Managing Your Case Load - Priorities and Management Styles How to sort and manage your case load will be the first major decision you will make that will determine the success and quality of your actual finished product.
Lesson 10: Research, Attorney Support and Lexis Nexis When it comes to research on the client file, you are the "go to person" for your attorney. He will count on your ability to find out what needs to be found out and then some.
Lesson 11: Your Firm's Case Tracking Systems; eCase, Paradox, etc. Each firm has a tracking system the paralegals use to centralize client cases and communicate with one another, especially between departments.
Lesson 12: Email, Phone Calls & Filing There are particular things to know about each of these that are peculiar to the legal profession in that you, the paralegal cannot legally treat these things as you may otherwise in a different profession or type of business.
Lesson 13: Client Relations & Office to Office Relations There is nothing that is more of a touchy subject in a law firm than the firm's client relations.
Lesson 14: Attorney/Client Privilege & Your Role in It If this course is your first exposure to the world of paralegals, then you will be reminded along the path of your education or certification process of the importance of the attorney-client privilege supported in all of our laws.
Lesson 15: Office Politics, Downsizing & Firm Mergers You may think this segment wouldn't belong in a course on paralegal studies, or you may think office politics is just common sense. In some ways it is common sense.
Lesson 16: Year End Bonuses, Fringe Perks, Parties & Dinners This is a short lesson with a few common sense words about the part of your paralegal career you will certainly enjoy, but which clearly is not owed to you.
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Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive a CEU Certificate documenting CEUs earned
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Basic Course: $45.00 (no CEU Certificate)
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