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These Paralegal Continuing Education course offerings are specifically for The Paralegal Institute’s graduates. We trust you are satisfactorily progressing in your career as a paralegal and that your studies at The Paralegal Institute are continuing to enhance your career. As you know, all professional paralegals are either encouraged or mandated to continue their education. Several states have mandatory continuing education requirements for lawyers. In addition, many lawyers feel that education is a continuous learning process.

The Paralegal Institute’s Continuing Education Series has several courses to enhance your career. We encourage you to review the following information as you consider this great opportunity to expand your knowledge and your career. Please do not hesitate to contact us or call toll-free 1(800) 354-1254 if you have any questions.

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Paralegal Continuing Education COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Law 201 - Litigation and Trial Practice 3 Credit Hours
This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for paralegals. It provides detailed information on the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. Special emphasis is made on the role of the lawyer and those responsibilities that may be delegated to the legal assistant. Attention is given to litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, deposition, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, and appeals.
Law 202 - Criminal Law and Procedure 3 Credit Hours
A great need for specialists in criminal law and procedures has been created by the rapidly expanding criminal justice system. Police departments, attorney generals, district attorneys, and lawyers hire criminal law legal assistants. This course is designed to give an understanding of both the law and procedural aspects of criminal justice and to prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career in criminal justice.
Law 203 - Business Organizations 3 Credit Hours
The "bread and butter" of many law firms comes from organizing small business entities and advising them of their duties and rights. When is a partnership better than a corporation? What procedure is followed in setting up a corporation? What must be included in the articles of corporation? How are corporate minutes drafted? These questions are important to most businesses in your community and your knowledge in this specialty will help you assist a lawyer in answering them for his clients.
Law 204 - Real Property 3 Credit Hours
Real Estate Law is one of the most exciting and lucrative aspects of the legal profession. There is a great demand for real estate specialists not only in law firms, but also in the banks, title companies, real estate brokerages, and many other aspects of business. This area of the law has unlimited opportunities for paralegals who are interested in becoming involved in this dynamic and important aspect of life. Nearly everyone owns real estate, yet very few people really understand the nature of real estate transactions.
Law 206 - Trusts, Wills and Estate Administration 3 Credit Hours
This area of specialty is ideal for legal assistants working with attorneys whose practice consists of some or all probate. This unit of study introduces the legal assistant to the essential requirements of wills, trusts, types of estates and estate taxes. It takes the student on a step-by-step process through all procedures involved in both formal and informal probate. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of various participants in the administration of a probate matter-the lawyer, the personal representative of the estate, the court and the legal assistant. A review of the responsibilities that can be delegated to the legal assistant is included. Attention is given to training legal assistants in how to execute many of the probate forms necessary from the commencement through completion of the probate procedure.
Law 207 - Domestic Relations 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed for the student who is interested in working in the area of family law. The student will learn the legal principles and processes involved in the law of marriage, divorce, separation, support, custody and visitation, annulment and adoption. Common agreements, pleadings and other documents applicable to these topics are set forth. Also covered are the tax consequences of separation and divorce.
Law 208 - Torts and Personal Injury Litigation 3 Credit Hours
This fascinating specialty will expose the student to the duties and responsibilities owed by individuals to their fellow citizens. Torts deal with civil wrongs, and your studies will illustrate and explain the many different types of tort recoveries that are allowed by law. You will learn the elements required to prove each tort, and defenses which may be posed, and a step-by-step strategy for the preparation and settlement for each type of action. Whether your tort theory be based upon negligence, products liability, libel, slander, or malpractice, you will be guided through the entire process of personal injury litigation.
Law 209 - Bankruptcy 3 Credit Hours
An important aspect of most law practices is bankruptcy law; it is a highly specialized area of practice which involves a great deal of work, especially suited for paralegals. In recent years many significant changes have occurred in bankruptcy law which make it especially exciting, and a great opportunity for paralegals to grow professionally.
Law 210 - Contracts 3 Credit Hours
Contracts are a part of almost every lawyer's practice: large or small firm, corporation or government agency. The student will be guided through analysis of contracts, applicable law, formation (offer and acceptance) and the drafting of contracts. Enforceability, performance and breach, plaintiff and defendant's remedies, and third party interests are also included.
Law 211 - Administrative Law 3 Credit Hours
The continuing growth of administrative law and regulations make this course fundamental and essential to most law practices. The course covers delegation of authority to agencies, legislation oversight, judicial review, disclosure of information, the administrative process, procedural due process, formal adjudication, rules, and rulemaking, obtaining judicial review, and more.

If you’re interested in expanding your career as a paralegal, the Paralegal Institute’s continuing education program is right for you. We offer a variety of great courses to keep you engaged and challenged while you learn additional pertinent pieces of the law. You’ve already experienced the benefits of a Paralegal Institute education while pursuing your diploma or associate degree. Now is the time to expand upon that base at the experienced and accredited institute you trust.