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a candidate for degree to earn the Paralegal Certificate. 2. If you are a candidate for degree and choose a Legal Studies Minor, the Paralegal Certifi- cate is granted to you For More Information Contact: automatically. Dr. Susan Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org UW-Whitewater Political Science Department 307 White Hall UW-Whitewater Whitewater, WI 53190 Political Science Office 262-472-1120 Updated 9-28-09 Phone: 262-472-1120 E-mail: email@example.com Paralegal Certificate List of Courses Business Law Courses (any two of the following): __FNBSLW 341, 3 units—Business and Commercial Law __POLISCI 493, 3 units—Internship The certificate program meets the Required Core __FNBSLW 342, 3 units—Advanced Business and Commercial Law __POLISCI 418, 3 units—Legal Research and Writing University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s __FNBSLW 442, 3 units—Estates and Trusts mission by establishing an option that __FNBSLW 443, 3 units—Labor Law meets the career needs of a substantial number of students. This includes our existing pre-law students by providing a certificate option to identify a Public Law Courses (any two of the following): __FNBSLW 455, 3 units—Administrative Law and Government significant law emphasis for them. Previously many pre-law students __POLISCI 413, 3 units—Constitutional Law would take this same configuration of courses but would have to do so by devoting a substantial number of electives.
The following section details the required curriculum for every degree and certificate program offered at the college. Students must complete all course requirements to petition for a skill certificate or state-approved Certificate of Achievement. In order pharmacy technician to be eligible for an Associate philosophy courses, all West general education physical education physics degree, students must fulfill all major requirements (Plan A or Plan B), and all other graduation requirements for a total of at least 60 units. Students should refer to “Graduation political science Requirements” (in the “Academics” psychology information. Students are also section of this catalog) for additional encouraged to seek assistance from counselors and faculty. Transfer students should consult the Office for major preparation and general education requirements for the particular transfer institution of their choice. Transfer students who want to obtain an Associate degree may select one of the Liberal Arts and Science degrees which require completion of the West, CSU, or IGETC general education core and at least 18 units of coursework in an approved area of emphasis (see Liberal Arts & Science Section for details).
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at Cal State L.A. Foremost among our student services are job placement assistance, including Spring and Fall 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 343-4900 Career Days, current job postings, and the assistance of our external coordinator, Lisa Rauhauser, a professional legal recruiter, in placing students in appropriate quarter-length internship settings and in career positions following graduation. We cannot guarantee employment to our graduates, but job placement rates are now posted in the CSULA Student Bookstore Gainful Employment portion of our website. Program Costs Course fees are currently $600 (for 4- unit class, subject to change), but with two significant discounts available: (1) for members of the CSULA Alumni Association; or (2) for student members of LAPA. In addition, $41 per quarter is the current subscription cost for a Westlaw research account, which is required of all students for class assignments. Finally, textbooks may cost $150 per course, but this cost will vary. The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program Figure 4 Instructor Rhonda Reid – Applied Legal Technology at California State University, Los Angeles Instructor Rhonda Reid - Applied Legal Technology CSULA Career Day 2011 What Our Students Say: The CSULA University Library offers quiet study access to online databases and e-books, while the “I’m very thankful to the program …to be going to work for GEICO’s legal department. … I wouldn’t have been able to get this job if it wasn’t for the program.” Los Angeles County Law Library, some 15 minutes
Paralegalism is one of the fastest growing careers in the country and those individuals possessing a certification are in demand more than ever. This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. The instruction is practice-oriented and offers instruction on how to work as a full-time or part-time paralegal, or how to open your own freelance business.There are no prerequisites other than a high school diploma (or GED). Students will be trained to: • Assist trial attorneys • Interview witnesses • Conduct legal research • Investigate complex fact patterns • Develop an understanding of legal jargon and concepts • Prepare cases for courtroom litigation This program will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Canisius College. To receive a Certificate, students must pass six quizzes, successfully complete five legal document writing assignments and attend at least 80% of the classes.
A paralegal, qualified through education, training or work experience, is employed or retained by an attorney, law firm, government agency, corporation, or other entity to perform substantive and procedural legal work under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney or as authorized by administrative, statutory, or court authority. Paralegal Experience Paralegal experience shall mean the performance of substantive legal work, non-clerical or non-adminstative in nature, that absent a paralegal, an attorney would perform. (Adopted by the Committee on Paralegals of The Missouri Bar, November 9, 2001). What education should a paralegal have? 1. Formal legal education - The American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) and the American Bar Association (ABA) have endorsed minimum standards for paralegal education. An educational program approved by the ABA must require no less than 60 hours of classroom study. AAfPE has endorsed the ABA’s minimum standard and has developed a model set of core competencies for paralegal education. 2. Content The formal education of a paralegal should include: (a) instruction in professional ethics; (b) legal research; (c) analysis of legal materials; (d) knowledge in drafting legal documents; (e) knowledge of judicial and administrative procedures; (f) knowledge of substantive areas of law; (g) knowledge of law office systems and technology; (h) oral and written communication skills. 3. Degree Levels Formal education for paralegals is available in a wide variety of formats. Colleges, universities, community colleges and proprietary institutions provide the following types of educational credentials: (a) post graduate (both master’s in legal studies and post-graduate certificates); (b) baccalaureate degrees (i) specific bachelor’s degree in legal studies;
The Legal Assisting program at American River College is approved by the American Bar Association. ARC’s Legal Assisting program has been preparing students for this profession for over 30 years. ‘Legal assistant’ and ‘paralegal’ are synonymous terms according to California Business & Professions Code (B & P Code) sections 6450-6456. Section 6450 defines a legal assistant as “...a person qualified by education, training,...is employed by an attorney,...or other entity, and who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California...”. Legal assistants do not provide legal advice. It is unlawful for anyone not currently licensed to practice law in California to give legal advice. Legal Assisting Degree The Legal Assisting degree is a two year A.A. degree. The program includes general education requirements in addition to legal specialty classes. The Legal Assisting Program requires a General Education pattern for completion of the associate degree that is DIFFERENT FROM some other programs at the college. 18 units of General Education course work must come from the IGETC pattern Areas 1 through 5 and be distributed over at least three of these areas. See an academic counselor for the appropriate courses.
Recommended preparation: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in OIS 232.1 Note: Requires 32 hours lecture/laboratory; may be open entry/open exit Transfer acceptability: CSU Advanced transcription techniques and skill development of multi page documents and specialized legal reports. Terminology includes the areas of corporations, real estate, and criminal law. Designed for the Office Information Systems Legal Secretary major. Paralegal Studies (PLS) Contact the Business Education Department for further information, (760) 7441150, ext. 2488 Associate in Arts degree requirements, Certificate of Achievement requirements, and Certificate of Proficiency requirements are listed in Section 6 (green pages) of the catalog. Legal Support Assistant For students who are interested in working within the legal field. This certificate program prepares the student for entry-level legal work, or enhances the skills of those students already working in law offices, corporations, the courts, or government agencies. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded to students who successfully complete the courses listed below.
Recently, there have been many short-term paralegal programs offered for entry-level paralegals. Many of these programs require less than nine semester credit hours. And charge fees that average more per credit hour than non-short-term programs. These programs not only provide a disservice to students who desire a paralegal certificate. They are also a disservice to the employer who expects someone with a paralegal education to have certain knowledge and skills upon graduation. Most paralegal education programs have minimal standards recognized by paralegal educators, lawyers and other paralegals. Some short-term programs are affiliated and/or rent space from well-known colleges and universities which may lead students and employers to associate the reputation of that facility with the program. Short-term programs provide a disservice to students and prospective employers because:...
Comparison of National Level Paralegal Certification Exams© PLEASE NOTE: The content of the chart below is verified only as to the information about the NFPA® Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE®) exam and NFPA’s new Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE™). The information regarding the NALA and NALS exams is unverified, and provided for informational and comparison purposes only. The NALS and NALA information below was obtained from publically available sources about those exams. Please contact NALA and NALS for exact details regarding the CLA/CP or PP exams. Association NFPA® Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE™) Credential CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP™) Established Exam Eligibility (Education and/or Experience) 2011 A bachelor’s degree in any subject, a paralegal certificate, no experience or continuing legal education (CLE); OR A bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, no experience or CLE; OR A bachelor’s degree in any subject, no paralegal certificate, 6 months of experience and 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the exam application date; OR An associate’s degree in paralegal studies, no experience or CLE; OR An associate’s degree in any subject, a Copyright 2014; All Rights Reserved by NFPA 04/14 NFPA® Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE®) PACE Registered Paralegal® (RP®) 1996 Associate’s degree in paralegal studies obtained from an institutionally accredited and/or ABA approved paralegal program and six (6) years of substantive paralegal experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in any course of study obtained from an institutionally accredited school and three (3) years of substantive paralegal experience; OR Bachelor’s degree and completion of a paralegal program within an NALA Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant Exam (CP/CLA) Certified Paralegal (CP); Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) 1976 Graduation from paralegal program approved by ABA or associate degree program or post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies; or bachelor’s degree program in paralegal studies, or paralegal program of 60+ hours, with at least 15 semester hours in substantive legal courses; OR...
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