WE TRAIN YOU IN JUST 5 SHORT MONTHS!
Our 5 month hands-on Legal Assistant Program includes the following courses. The program includes preparation for the Nala Paralegal Association National Board Exam, Job Placement Assistance and Software Training.
After completion of the program graduates are qualified to work in any law firm as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal including the following specialties: Estate Planning, Probate, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal law.
Note: The terms “legal assistant” and “paralegal” are used interchangeably, much like the terms attorney and lawyer.
Introduction to the Legal System and Paralegalism Clock Hours: 36
Students will learn legal terminology, origins of the legal system, the three branches of government, the functions of state and federal court. Students will also learn about jurisdiction, legal and resume writing, ethics, grammar, various computer and time keeping systems along with state agencies and researching skills.
Business Law and Contracts Clock Hours: 36
Students will learn about various business organizations, general partnerships, sole proprietorships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability corporations and contracts. Students will become familiar with the creation and operation of these various business entities, how to draft and file documents.
Estate Planning Clock Hours: 48
Students will learn the basics of estate planning including wills, trusts, advanced directives, and how the federal estate tax system works. Students will learn how to draft estate planning documents, transfer assets, record deeds and create client binders.
Trust Administration and Probate Litigation Clock Hours: 18
Students will learn the process of trust administration and probate. Students will learn how to draft common documents, pleadings and court filing procedures .
Family Law Clock Hours: 24
Students will learn various issues pertaining to family law, including the marital relationship, divorce, alimony distribution of property, and child custody. Students will learn how to draft common family law pleadings and court filing procedures.
Litigation and Rules of Procedure Clock Hours: 36
Students will learn the major aspects of civil litigation and how to manage a case from beginning to end including initiating and commencing a lawsuit; client counseling; investigation techniques and the discovery process. Students will learn how to draft summons and complaints, motions, briefs, pleadings, calendaring, docketing and e-filing. Students will also learn to use a variety of research tools.
Criminal Law Clock Hours: 12
Students will learn the basic concepts of criminal law including common law crimes and the various legal defenses available to criminal defendants. Students will learn about trial preparation, procedure, and rules of evidence.
Job Placement Presentation Clock Hours: 3
Students will be provided information on Altrain Dental’s Job Placement Services including interview tips and techniques, job boards and direct placement leads.
Applied Legal Experience Clock Hours: 12
Students will perform document preparation tasks as assigned for additional practical experience before entering the workforce.
Total Clock Hours for the Legal Assistant Program: 225