Paralegal Studies Certificate - Online

Our school in partnership with Midwest Paralegal Studies is offering a 12-month Paralegal certificate of completion. For program details and questions, contact the instructor, Mr. Zoran Perovanovich via email, zoran1990@juno.com & visit the Website http://www.paralegalstudies.com.

This professional non-credit program is recommended for those in the legal profession seeking advancement or for someone interested in a career change. It is open to anyone with a high school diploma/GED. This course begins with a “FREE” orientation seminar & counseling at this link: http://www.paralegalstudies.com/free_orientation.htm.

What do Paralegals do?
Although lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals—also called legal assistants—are continuing to assume new responsibilities in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. Nevertheless, they are explicitly prohibited from carrying out duties considered to be within the scope of practice of law, such as setting legal fees, giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.

One of a paralegal's most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals might investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. After they analyze and organize the information, paralegals may prepare written reports that attorneys use in determining how cases should be handled. If attorneys decide to file lawsuits on behalf of clients, paralegals may help prepare the legal arguments, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits and assist attorneys during trials. Paralegals also organize and track files of all important case documents and make them available and easily accessible to attorneys.

Job Outlook
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.

Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services.

Private law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, but a growing array of other organizations, such as corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real-estate and title insurance firms, and banks also hire paralegals. Corporations in particular are expected to increase their in-house legal departments to cut costs. The wide range of tasks paralegals can perform has helped to increase their employment in small and medium-size establishments of all types.

Wage Potential
Wages of paralegals and legal assistants vary greatly. Salaries depend on education, training, experience, the type and size of employer, and the geographic location of the job. In general, paralegals who work for large law firms or in large metropolitan areas earn more than those who work for smaller firms or in less populated regions. In May 2008, full-time wage-and-salary paralegals and legal assistants earned $46,120. The middle 50 percent earned between $36,080 and $59,310. The top 10 percent earned more than $73,450, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $29,260. In addition to earning a salary, many paralegals receive bonuses, in part to compensate them for sometimes having to work long hours. Paralegals also receive vacation, paid sick leave, a savings plan, life insurance, personal paid time off, dental insurance and reimbursement for continuing legal education.

What Triton Courses should I take?
There are five required courses in this certificate program, which should be taken in the order below:
   • BSN E72 - Paralegal Research
   • BSN E73 - Paralegal Jurisprudence
   • BSN E74 - Paralegal Litigation
   • BSN E75 - Paralegal Management
   • BSN E76 - Paralegal Career

Paralegal, lawyer’s assistant, legal technician—they are all interchangeable titles used to describe individuals who work with attorneys and other professionals in the field of law. It’s a challenging career for those interested in doing research, drafting and managing court documents, investigating facts and performing other important tasks in today’s legal profession. Information about the next Virtual Paralegal Opportunities Seminar is available by clicking the link below.

Note: All students must email the instructor before registration for advising & the free orientation seminar online at zoran1990@juno.com. Students may not sign up for more than one class without the express permission of the instructor.

Interested students must begin with a free virtual orientation seminar at this LINK.

Cost: $197 for each on-line class

Prerequisite: GED or High School Diploma