This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, create legal documents, and prepare cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand. The Paralegal Certificate provides an overview of the legal system, legal research, legal writing, civil procedure, ethics, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal evidence, torts, and contracts. Student grades are based on the completion of weekly tests, online participation forums, and writing assignments.
What You Will You Learn:
• Locate commonly used legal reference materials
• Explain how the sources of law research materials are used, their hierarchy, and the difference between primary, secondary, and finding tool resources
• Identify and frame a simple legal issue, and identify the facts that relate to it
• Conduct legal research using a computer-assisted legal research tool, such as WESTLAW.
• Prepare a formal legal memorandum dealing with a simple legal issue.
• Articulate the parts of a well-written legal opinion and formal legal memorandum and the purpose each serves.
• Use citations in written legal material.
• Articulate the significant differences between an objective memorandum and persuasive writing.
• Legal terminology, ethics, and the litigation process.
• The rules of evidence and civil procedure.
• Basic interviewing and investigation techniques and the development and use of demonstrative evidence.
• Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, and Requests for Production of Documents.
• Research skills and techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs.
• Preparation and critique of legal memoranda.
• Preparation of legal documents.
Individuals seeking paralegal training and skills necessary for a career as a paralegals and current paralegal wanting to improve their legal and administrative skills
It is preferable that participants have 9th or 10th grade-level reading and writing skills to be able to benefit the most from this course.
The two potential certifications listed below are for reference purposes only and are not included in the course fee. The instructor can provide feedback on which certification is best for a student to pursue. Upon successful completion of this non-credit certificate, graduates hold the credentials to seek paralegal employment in any state and students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject may choose to take the voluntary NALA CP exam to receive the title of Certified Paralegal from the National Association of Legal Assistants or the PCC Exam (Paralegal Core Competency Exam) by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations to receive the title of CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP).Texas Occupations Code §53.025
Certified Paralegal (CP)
National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
Exam Cost: $275 (Non-Members), $250 (Members)
CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP)
National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
Exam Cost: $250 (Non-Members), $215 (Members)
• Paralegal Certificate Course© Workbook, by Margaret J. Kirk
• Legal Document Preparation Manual for the Paralegal Certificate Course©
• Paralegal Career for Dummies, by Scott and Lisa Hatch.
• Introduction to Paralegalism, 8th Edition by William Statsky
• Federal Civil Rules Booklet (most recent edition)
• A Uniform System of Citation "The Bluebook" (most recent edition)
• WESTLAW online legal research access
• Materials can be purchased on The Center for Legal Studies store.
Ms. Lee Bass
Lee Bass is a paralegal with over 30 years’ experience in assisting attorneys with the delivery of legal services, with a specialty in litigation assistantship. She has assisted with cases and trials at all levels, up to and including the United States Supreme Court. In addition, she has experience with a broad range of legal subject matters, including general commercial litigation, construction law, products liability, insurance defense, real estate, contract law, and corporate law.
Ms. Bass is a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and the El Paso Paralegal Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and was awarded her Paralegal Certificate from the Center from Legal Studies. She has also attained the following credentials: Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) from NALS; Certified Paralegal (CP) from NALA; Advanced Certified Paralegal--Trial Practice (ACP) from NALA, and Registered Paralegal (RP) from NFPA. She taught the CLS Paralegal Certificate class in the live format for several years and is now teaching this course online. She considers mentoring new students in the paralegal profession a privilege and an honor.
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Edinburg Course Information
Saturdays & Sundays
September 18 - December 12, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Edinburg CESS Building
Ms. Lee Bass
*Until further notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-class courses will be primarily offered via Zoom.
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