The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that work in the paralegal field will continue to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the 21st century. Our intensive program can enhance your career optionsby training you to interview clients and witnesses,
investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist trial attorneys in preparing cases for litigation. Our nationally acclaimed curriculum is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers who, through this formal study, will earn a certificate of completion from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Instruction is practice-oriented and focuses on areas of law in which paralegals are in demand. This course has been designed to boost your marketable job skills and office efficiency, productivity, and billable hours. The live program is conducted over six weekends to provide an accelerated pace for working adults who want to advance their careers or begin new careers as a fulltime, part-time, or freelance paralegal.
The following will be covered in this course:
1. Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, Civil Law, and the Litigation Process
2. Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate
3. Identifying Relevant Authority
4. Introduction to Legal Research
5. Legal Research Practice 6. Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure
This course of study will be centered on the Louisiana Civil Code. There are no prerequisites other than a high school diploma (or GED), but students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework each session. This course does not certify you as a Licensed Paralegal. Students will earn 9.0 CEUs for a total of 90 hours, and will earn a Certificate of Completion.
Students are encouraged to purchase their books immediately after registering by calling The Center for Legal Studies at 1-800-522-7737. Books cost approximately $450 depending on shipping. Students must complete 2 consecutive 7-week sessions for a total of 14 weeks.