Paralegal Professional Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: MYCAA-L-PARA
Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

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, students 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. Students will be offered an offered an overview of traditional state and federal courts as well as the implications and uses for alternative dispute resolution. Students will also be introduced to various career opportunities available to trained paralegals.

This program also provides students with 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 course, students will research individual state professional responsibility rules as they apply to the overall field and to the paralegal role. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to recognize an ethical issue, categorize it, and research the possible solutions to the issue.

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Course Description

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.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

Summarize the role of the paralegal in the American legal system

Distinguish among various environments that may use the services of a paralegal

Summarize legal accounting procedures

Describe the process of becoming a paralegal professional

Prepare a resume for a paralegal position

Examine how the paralegal profession is regulated

Analyze ethical issues commonly encountered by a paralegal

Describe the sources of American Law

Examine 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

Draft legal documents

Describe elements in preparing for trial

Explain the trial process

Explain the appellate process

Describe the types of 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

Examine issues related to misrepresentation

Analyze the application of the duty of confidentiality

Analyze issues related to confidentiality

Examine issues related to evidentiary privileges

Examine issues related to conflict of interest and the duty of loyalty

Examine issues related to advertising

Analyze issues related to solicitation

Examine issues related to legal fees

Examine issues related to paralegal fees

Examine issues related to client trust accounts

Examine issues related to competence and negligence

Examine issues related to zealous representation

Examine issues related to the duty of integrity and the duty to report

Examine issues related to health in the legal profession

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