Paralegals play one of the most important roles in the legal industry. Though individual attorneys are ultimately responsible for the legal work they produce and the strategies they devise, many tasks – from legal research and writing, source citing, filing, and others – are delegated to paralegals. As such, it is imperative for successful Paralegals to have a fundamental understanding of the substantive and procedural elements applicable to the specific areas of law where they’ll be working so that they can build on a solid foundation of knowledge starting from the first day. The legal industry relies heavily on paralegals for their experience and general training in these fields. For any new Paralegal looking to enter the workplace or for experienced Paralegals perhaps moving to a different practice, an overview of these common substantive areas is extremely useful to ensure you’re ready to go from the start.

This program offers an in-depth view of the role of paralegals play within the American legal system. Examining the myriad of skills used by paralegals everyday alongside the typical legal working environment, learners will explore the common areas of law in which they’ll likely be working, the various ethical considerations that may arise as well as the sources of law they’ll reference every day.  Learners will be offered an offered an overview of traditional state and federal courts as well as the implications and uses for alternative dispute resolution. Learners will also be introduced to various career opportunities available to trained paralegals.

This program also offers learners a comprehensive understanding of professional responsibility in the legal field and how these laws apply to paralegals, specifically. In addition to the general legal ethical concepts presented in the program, learners will research individual state professional responsibility rules as they apply to the overall field and to the paralegal role. Upon completion of this program, learners will be able to recognize an ethical issue, categorize it, and research the possible solutions to the issue.


Program Objectives

After completing this program, learners will be able to:

  • Summarize the role of the paralegal in the American legal system
  • Describe the process of becoming a paralegal professional and prepare a resume for a paralegal position
  • Describe the sources of American Law, the state and federal court systems
  • Prepare for a client interview
  • Explain the investigation process
  • Research legal matters
  • Explore styles and formats used in legal writing and draft legal documents
  • Explain the trial preparation process, the actual trial process, appellate process and alternative dispute resolution
  • Differentiate the authority and functioning of administrative agencies
  • Explain criminal law and procedure
  • Articulate the legal principles of tort law
  • Describe the classifications and elements of contracts
  • Outline the basic principles of property law
  • Examine the legal principles of family law
  • Examine estate planning and probate
  • Describe the primary forms of business
  • Summarize the role of the paralegal in the American legal system
  • Recognize the regulation of the legal profession as a distinct set of laws and rules
  • Explore the meaning of the unauthorized practice of law and misrepresentation
  • Analyze the application of the duty of confidentiality
  • Examine issues related to evidentiary privileges
  • Examine issues related to conflict of interest and the duty of loyalty
  • Examine issues related to advertising and solicitation
  • Examine issues related to client trust accounts, legal and paralegal fees
  • Examine issues related to competence, negligence and zealous representation
  • Examine issues related to the duty of integrity and the duty to report
  • Use Microsoft Office®



There is a National Certification exams that is available to students who successfully complete this program:

  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal (CP) / Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam

Note: Inclusion of National Certification exam vouchers vary from school and payment / finance method. To check if they are included, you may message any of our advisors through any of our available channels here

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