This course is designed for those who want to learn more about the American legal system, work in a law office as a paralegal, open a freelance paralegal business, litigate their own cases on a pro se basis, assist retained attorneys in litigating their own cases or prepare themselves to excel during their first year of law school.
Paralegal I: Provides the foundation for the study of paralegalism. This part of the course will provide a detailed understanding of the American legal system, legal terminology and ethics. Students will learn how to prepare pleadings, discovery, motions and briefs, as well as review the rules of evidence and civil procedure.
Paralegal II: Provides instruction on more advanced paralegal skills including legal research, writing and proper citation format. Students will learn how to prepare important legal documents relating to real property, corporations, partnerships, wills, trusts, bankruptcy and domestic relations. Formal and informal advocacy techniques and principles of appellate procedure will also be covered.
This course is completed in two consecutive seven-week sessions, both of which are included in the $1,289 tuition. Upon successful completion of Paralegal I and II, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from UW-Stout.