National Paralegal Certificate Program (WOL-NPC)

Description | Features | Tuition | Curriculum

Duration: 5 Months
Credits: 10 Credits (420 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-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-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-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.