Paralegal Professional Program

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Paralegals help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings.  However, their specific duties may vary depending on the size of the firm or organization. Our Paralegal course will engage student’s in the study of the law and what it means to a Paralegal. This course discusses how various aspects of the law affect the individual, filling a void for those looking to learn about many of the personal law issues that confront people in their everyday lives.  This three part course will prepare students for an exciting career as a paralegal.

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Paralegal 1: An Introduction uses real-world examples to cover all the topics a student needs to know to prepare for their paralegal career. Topics covered include career development, ethics and professional responsibility, pretrial preparation, trial proceedings, and legal interviewing and investigation. Learn guidelines for performing legal research and analysis and standards for legal communications and writing. Take the steps to develop your Paralegal career today! 

Prerequisite(s): None

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

The Paralegal: Intermediate course provides you with an in-depth look into legal principles and effective methods for legal writing. This course will help you learn how to analyze statutes, identify core issues and key facts, and how to apply case law to various situations. A comprehensive look into the fundamentals of legal writing, such as how to structure sentences, how to dissect court briefings, and how to properly address official correspondence is also provided.

Prerequisite(s): Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Paralegal 3: Advanced

The US legal system plays an ever-increasing role in our lives. Our Understanding the Law course helps you become engaged in the study of US law by examining how various aspects of law affect individuals.  We use hypothetical and real world examples to illustrate important points of the law and to inspire insight. This course also incorporates extensive coverage of ethical issues, consumer rights, employee rights and family law. Students will discover the fundamental different types of US law, including international and comparative law in order to gain essential knowledge for today's global marketplace. 

Prerequisite(s): Paralegal 1: An Introduction & Paralegal 2 : Intermediate 

Attention, California Students 
This training program will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment and to successfully complete the National Association of Legal Assistants certification exam. Students in California who have a Bachelor's degree will need one year of experience working for an attorney before they can use the term "paralegal." California students with a bachelor's degree can use this training program to gain employment working under the supervision of an attorney to meet the requirements of California Business and Professional Code §6450.

** Course Subject to Change.

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the job description and classifications of the paralegal profession
  • Define law ethics, the categories of law, and the court system
  • List the steps involved in trial and pretrial procedures
  • Recall techniques for effective legal research and analysis
  • Recognize guidelines for legal writing and communications

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the basic anatomy of a statute and how to read a case
  • Recognize how to uncover key facts and identify legal issues
  • Define counter-analysis and how to properly state legal issues
  • Recall the fundamentals of effective legal writing
  • Identify proper etiquette and techniques for drafting office legal memoranda and correspondence

Paralegal 3: Advanced

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the concepts involved in U.S. law
  • Recall basic classifications of the state and federal court system
  • Define administrative law classifications
  • Differentiate between the elements of torts and contracts
  • Identify how the law relates to consumer rights

Paralegal 1: An Introduction

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 1
The Paralegal Career

  • What is a Paralegal?
  • Paralegal Tasks
  • Educational Options
  • Skills and Attributes
  • Career Opportunities
  • Compensation
  • Organizational Structure of Law Firms
  • Filing Procedures
  • Communications
  • Law Office Culture and Politics

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 2
American Law and Court Systems

  • Regulation of Attorneys
  • Attorney Ethics
  • Regulation of Paralegals
  • Sources of American Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Statutory Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Basic Judicial Requirements
  • Federal and State Court Systems

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 3
Online Legal Research and Analysis

  • Researching Case Law
  • Case Reporting System
  • Analyzing Case Law
  • Researching Constitutional and Statutory Law
  • Analyzing Statutory Law
  • Legal Resources on the Internet
  • Lexis and Westlaw
  • Alternative Legal Research Sources
  • Conducting Online Research

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 4
Legal Writing and Civil Litigation

  • Receiving a Writing Assignment
  • Tools for Writers
  • Pleadings, Discovery and Motions
  • General Legal Correspondence
  • The Legal Memorandum
  • Preliminaries and Pleadings
  • Discovery of Electronic Evidence
  • Maintenance of Electronic Records
  • Pretrial Motions

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 5
Interviews, Investigations and Trial Procedures

  • Planning for the Interview
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Interviewing Clients
  • Interviewing Witnesses
  • Planning and Conducting Investigations
  • Preparing for Trial
  • Jury Selection
  • Post-trial Motions and Procedures

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 6
Criminal, Tort and Consumer Law

  • Defining Crime
  • Types of Crime
  • Cyber Crime
  • Prosecution
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Consumer Law

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 7
Contracts, Insurance Law and Family Law

  • Requirements to Form a Valid Contract
  • Defenses to Contract Enforceability
  • Sales Contracts and Warranties
  • Contract Performance and Remedies
  • Online Contracting and Electronic Signatures
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Real Property
  • Insurance Law
  • Family Law
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates

Paralegal 1: An Introduction Module 8
Employment Law, Bankruptcy and Environmental Law

  • Forms of Business Organization
  • Agency Law
  • Employment Law
  • Bankruptcy Code
  • Liquidation Proceedings
  • Individual Repayment Plans
  • Reorganizations
  • Environmental Law

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Paralegal 2: Intermediate

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 1
Introduction to Legal Principles and Legal Analysis

  • Sources of Law
  • Hierarchy of the Law
  • Authority
  • Ethics – Internet Research
  • Legal Analysis Process
  • Preliminary Research
  • IRAC Analysis
  • Ethics – Intellectual Honesty 

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 2
Statutory Analysis and Case Law

  • Anatomy of a Statute
  • Scope and Definition
  • Substantive Provisions
  • Statutory Analysis: The Process
  • Court Opinions: Importance and Sources
  • Court Opinions: Briefing
  • How to Read a Case

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 3
Key Facts and Issue Identification    

  • Irrelevant Facts
  • Background Facts
  • Key Facts: Definition and Types
  • Key Facts: Identification: Client’s Case
  • Determine the Key Facts
  • Assemble the Issue
  • Issue Identification: Case Law

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 4
Case Law Application: Stating the Issue

  • Shorthand/Broad Statement of Issue
  • Comprehensive/Narrow Statement of Issue
  • Law Component
  • Question Component
  • Ethics: Objectively Stating the Issue
  • On Point: Importance
  • Determining Whether a Case is on Point

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 5
Counteranalysis and Effective Legal Writing

  • Counteranalysis: Why, When and Where?
  • Counteranalysis Techniques
  • Importance of Writing Skills
  • Goal of Legal Writing
  • Legal Writing Process
  • Prewriting
  • Postwriting

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 6
Fundamentals of Writing

  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Word Selection and Usage
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Prewriting Stage
  • Sections of the Office Memorandum
  • Heading
  • Statement of Assignment

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 7
Office Legal Memorandum and Court Briefs

  • Analysis Format
  • Application of Rule of Law to Client’s Case
  • Counteranalysis
  • Similarities: Court Briefs and Office Memoranda
  • Trial Court Briefs
  • Appellate Court Briefs

Paralegal: Intermediate Module 8

  • Letterhead
  • Closing
  • Signatures and Title
  • Format Style
  • Types of Correspondence
  • Information Letter
  • Opinion Letter
  • Demand/Advocacy Letter

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Paralegal: Advanced Module 1
Introduction to the Law

  • The English Source of U.S. Law
  • Modern Sources of U.S. Law
  • Types & Classifications of Law
  • The Relationship Between Law & Ethics
  • Using Court Cases
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Separation of Powers
  • The National Government
  • What is Federalism?
  • The Police Power
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Freedom of Speech & Religion
  • Unreasonable Searches
  • Due Process of Law
  • Affirmative Action
  • The Right to Privacy

Paralegal: Advanced Module 2
The Court System & The Attorney

  • What is Trial Court?
  • Appellate Court
  • Understanding Jurisdiction
  • The State Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • Trial Proceedings
  • The Adversarial System
  • Attorneys-at-Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Hire & Fire an Attorney
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Paralegal: Advanced Module 3
Administrative Law & Crimes

  • What is Administrative Law?
  • History of U.S. Administrative Law
  • Administrative Agencies
  • Areas of Administrative Law
  • Agency Power, Process, & Action
  • Limits of Agency Power
  • What is a Crime?
  • Parties to a Crime
  • Corpus Delicti
  • Felony, Misdemeanor, or Infraction
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Crimes Against Property
  • Defenses to Crimes
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Procedures in a Criminal Trial
  • Parole, Probation, & Clemency

Paralegal: Advanced Module 4
Torts & Contracts

  • What are Torts?
  • Torts by Intentional Conduct
  • Torts by Negligent Behavior
  • Strict Liability Torts
  • Damages & the Collection of Damages
  • Contracts: Enforceable Agreements
  • How are Contracts Classified?
  • Requisites of a Valid Contract
  • Third Parties in Contracts
  • Discharged Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Individual Consumer Contracts
  • Warranty Protection

Paralegal: Advanced Module 5
Application of Law to the Individual

  • Homeownership
  • Role of Real Estate Agent
  • Disclosure Laws
  • Escrow
  • Closing Costs
  • Title Insurance
  • Fire Insurance
  • Neighbor Law
  • Motor Vehicle Laws
  • Purchasing Automobile Insurance
  • Intellectual Property

Paralegal: Advanced Module 6
Renters, Landlords & Employee Rights 

  • Types of Leases
  • Landlord-Tenant Relationship
  • Legal Remedies for Landlords
  • Legal Remedies for Tenants
  • Employee Rights
  • Worker Laws
  • Legal Classification of Employees
  • Discrimination Laws
  • Employee Duties
    Benefits for Employees
  • Rights Regarding Unions

Paralegal: Advanced Module 7
Consumer Rights, Family Law and Wills

  • Consumer Rights and Protection
  • Consumer Privacy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Federal Government Involvement in Family Law
  • What is Marriage?
  • Legal Consequences of Marriage
  • Laws Govern Parenthood
  • Divorce
  • Family Laws and Contracts
  • What is Estate Planning?
  • Tax Burdens Reduced or Avoided
  • Matters Concerning Wills
  • Matters Concerning Probate
  • Living Wills & Advance Directives 

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Paralegal 3: Advanced

Upon successful completion of our 3 levels of Paralegal courses (900 hours), students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Paralegal and will be prepared to sit for the NALA national certification exam to become a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) or Certified Paralegal (CP).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player