The certificate program in Paralegal Studies, which can now be completed in one year, provides students with a general overview of the field of law and the necessary skills to assist a lawyer or a law firm in the legal preparation of a case. It further provides an understanding of the environment of private, public, and corporate law.
JOB OUTLOOK IN PARALEGAL STUDIES
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.
Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services.
Private law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real-estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals. Corporations in particular are expected to increase their in-house legal departments to cut costs. The wide range of tasks paralegals can perform has helped to increase their employment in small and medium-size establishments of all types.
– information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
PROGRAM OF STUDY
PLS200E Legal Research
The program consists of the six courses listed below, at least four of which must be taken at Assumption University.
This course familiarizes the student with the principles of research, types of law books, citations, ambiguity in the law, interpreting case and statutory law, and legal authority. The course includes law library assignments.
This course familiarizes students with the court system from pre-trial preparation to post-trial responsibilities of the paralegal, including: pleadings, motions, preparation of interrogatories, rules of evidence, equity jurisdiction, service or process on individuals, corporations, and non-residents, and appellate procedure.
This course covers the formulation and structure of corporations, stockholders’ and directors’ meetings, corporate financing, charter amendments, reorganization and liquidation, and the qualifications of foreign corporations.
PLS203E Estates and Trusts
This course covers descent and distribution, wills (probate and administration), fiduciary accounting, and various types of trusts.
PLS205E Family Law
This course covers adoptions, separate support, annulment, divorce, custody, contempt cases, guardianships, and conservatorships. The course material also covers the forms and procedures used in probate courts such as complaints, summons, financial statements, and petitions, and uses case studies that illustrate their use.
PLS206E Real Estate Law
Real estate and property law, purchase and sales agreements, mortgages, leases, easements, deeds, closing, and recording of documents are reviewed in this course. It familiarizes participants with private, public, and subsidized housing, recent statutory and case law developments, and remedies available to enforce landlord-tenant obligations.
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