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Legal Assistant / Paralegal

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Legal Assistant / Paralegal

Legal assistants are an essential part of nearly every legal team. They are generally well-organized and have a genuine interest in the law.

Stratford's Legal Assistant/Paralegal course is a career-focused course designed to help students determine if a supportive career in the legal system is of interest to them.

Instruction begins with exploration of the modern law office and quickly moves on to civil litigation, criminal procedure and foundations of law. Upon completion, students should have a valid understanding of the important role a legal assistant/paralegal play in today’s law offices and courtrooms.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for legal assistants/paralegals is $48,810. The number of jobs is projected to increase by 8% through 2024.*
Becoming a Paralegal
• The Law Office Setting
• Duties of the Paralegal
• The Court System
• The Role of the Paralegal
• The Discovery Process
• The Framework of a Lawsuit
• Real Estate Law
• Medical Records
• Legal Research
• The Paralegal

Civil Litigation and the Paralegal
• Civil Litigation Law Firms
• The Framework of a Civil Lawsuit
• Negligence and its Defense
• The Discovery Process
• Expert Witnesses and Trial Preparation
• From Initial Case Development to Trial Technology
• Trial Evidence
• Settlement
• Post Trial Motions and Appeals

Criminal Procedure
• Court Systems in the United States
• Constitutional Law
• The Anatomy of a Criminal Prosecution
• Elements of a Crime
• Statutory Law: From Introduction Through Analysis
• Defenses
• Victims of Crime
• Criminal Trials and Evidence
• Post-Conviction Issues
• The First Amendment

Legal Writing
• Sentences and Paragraphs
• Word Selection and Usage
• Grammar
• Punctuation
• Legal Citation
• Computer and Internet Research Web Sites
• The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing
• Legal Correspondence
• Legal Research Memorandum
• Court Briefs

The titles “Legal Assistant” and “Paralegal” can be used interchangeably. The preferred title depends on the area in which you reside.

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
Legal Assistant Paralegal Program

"The learning material provided by Stratford is clear and direct, which makes me confident in my success.”

Rachel W.

"Thanks to Stratford I am finally in the field I love and absolutely enjoy my job!"

- Carolina F.

"Stratford has enhanced my knowledge. It has allowed me to grow and progress in this field."

- Michael M.