Master Paralegal Certificate Program (WOL-PCM)

Description | Features | Tuition | Curriculum

Duration: 15 Months
Credits: 28 Credits (1260 Clock Hours)


Course Syllabus

WOL-101: Introduction to the World of Law (4 weeks)
This four-week introductory paralegal course is designed to acquaint the new student with the basic realities of law practice. Areas explored include: different types of paralegal employment, regulation of paralegals, basic ethics, introduction to the legal system, legal analysis, interviewing, investigation, use of computers in a law office, and law office management.

WOL-201: Legal Research and Writing (4 weeks)
Perhaps the most important skills of any paralegal are writing, analysis, and legal research. A skilled writer is an extremely valuable asset to any law office. This workshop-style course is designed to hone the student's writing and thinking skills by concentrating on basic principles of legal writing and analysis. Students learn to use powerful research tools, including online facilities from Westlaw® and traditional book-based methods. Students learn how to research and brief a legal issue.

WOL-P02: Investigation and Legal Reasoning (4 weeks)
As a practicing paralegal, you will be involved daily with clients who have come to your firm for legal representation and guidance. You will be involved in real-life cases throughout your career. This course is dedicated to developing the skills you will need to work with clients and investigating and analyze their situations.

WOL-P05: Law Office Administration; Using Computers in the Law Office (4 weeks)
In this course, you will gain a basic background in law office administration. You will learn how law is practiced in the private sector, the role of the legal administrator and legal assistant manager, how a law office manages its expenses, timekeeping, and how a lawyer sets and collects fees. You will learn about billing, client trust accounts, administrative reports, and client file management. The course also covers the use of computers in a law office. This knowledge is especially valuable since computers play a major role in the modern law practice. In this age of electronic discovery and online legal research, computer knowledge is extremely important.

WOL-120: Legal Terminology (4 weeks)
Students of the law are often initially overwhelmed by the prevalence of legal jargon known as legalese. The legal profession, perhaps more than any other, uses a vocabulary that is incomprehensible to the uninitiated. This course is designed to quickly educate the student to be familiar with the basic terminology of the legal profession. The course is divided into modules, each of which is dedicated to one are of the law.

WOL-122: Contracts (4 weeks)
This course presents a comprehensive, well-organized, functional approach to the law of contracts. The students learns to analyze agreements and how to determine whether or not a contract has been formed, what law applies, whether the contract is enforceable, whether or not a party has breached, and, if so, what remedies are available to the aggrieved party.

WOL-301: Bankruptcy (4 weeks)
Paralegals are in high demand in the field of debtor-creditor law. This course acquaints the student with the three most common forms of bankruptcy: Chapters 7, 11, and 13. The student learns the law of bankruptcy and develops practical experience becoming familiar with documents commonly used in bankruptcy practice. Students learn about the valuable role of paralegal professionals in a successful bankruptcy practice.

WOL-401: Criminal Law (4 weeks)
The student is introduced to the basic concepts of criminal law, and is presented with some thought-provoking examples from the annals of the criminal justice system. Crimes against the person, crimes against property, legal defenses (such as the insanity defense), as well as the theory and history of criminal justice are presented together with a practical skills exploration of the criminal justice process. One of our most popular courses.

WOL-501: Ethics (4 weeks)
Paralegals, like attorneys, must be knowledgeable of the rules of ethics. This course covers the basic principles governing the ethical practice of law for both lawyers and paralegals. Subjects explored include the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, paralegal-client relations, disciplinary procedures, fee splitting, billing, advertising, and misconduct in the law office.

WOL-601: The Law of Real Estate (4 weeks)
This course explores the theory and history of real estate transactions. Students gain a working knowledge of contracts, deeds, mortgages and title reports. The student has the opportunity to handle a theoretical real estate transaction from beginning to end. Many paralegal professionals are gainfully employed in real estate offices where they supervise closings and financings. This course is also valuable for brokers, agents, managers and other real estate professionals.

WOL-701: Civil Litigation (4 weeks)
The student gains a thorough understanding of the major aspects of civil litigation, managing a case from beginning to end, from client interview, through the drafting of a summons and complaint, motions, briefs, and trial preparation. The instructor takes the role of judge. Students also learn about the history and structure of the major court systems.

WOL-801: Personal Injury Law (Torts) (4 weeks)
One of the most important fields of paralegal employment, the law of torts and negligence, is examined in detail. The student is educated to understand the basic theory of tort law, and the process by which negligence cases are developed in preparation for settlement or trial. Subjects covered include evaluating liability, injuries and damages.

WOL-901: Business Organizations Law (4 weeks)
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of business organizations.Corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, as well as LLP's and LLC's, are compared and contrasted. Students form a theoretical corporation, and prepare a number of documents including Articles of Incorporation, Partnership Agreement, By-laws, Minutes, and Shareholder's Agreements.

WOL-902: Family Law (4 weeks)
With more than 50% of all marriages ending in divorce, the field of family law provides vast employment opportunities for the paralegal professional. This course acquaints the student with the basic areas of a family law practice: marriage, divorce, property rights, custody of children, separation agreements, and maintenance. A practical hands-on course.

WOL-903: Wills, Trusts and Estates (4 weeks)
This course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the laws of inheritance and estate planning. Students prepare a will and trust, and learn the procedure for probate. Estate planning, the role of the probate courts, and basic inheritance issues are explored and discussed.