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||Paralegals provide valuable services while working under the supervision of lawyers. Responsibilities vary greatly depending upon the employer and position, and can include conducting research, drafting legal documents, working with clients, and assisting in trial preparation.
There is a steadily increasing need for paralegals in the private sector as well as in various government offices. Even when other elements of the economy slow down, the need for paralegals will continue to grow.
Our nationally-accredited Legal Assistant / Paralegal Training Program provides the required clock hours needed to test to become a Paralegal, plus the materials, training, and support that you need to become an entry-level paralegal.
Course Curriculum Detail
All materials have been time-tested and proven to provide students with the knowledge necessary to succeed. While comprehensive, the materials are also easy to understand because they are written in clear English.
Upon successful completion of this self-study program you will recieve an official transcript and diploma which will allow you to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) certification exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
The comprehensive Paralegal course curriculum covers a broad range of legal topics, including:
Legal Assistant / Paralegal Course Materials
- Law - Its Origin, Nature And Development & Contracts
- Criminal Law
- Real Property
- Pleadings In Civil Actions, Practice In Civil Actions, Criminal Procedures
- Wills & Trusts
- Partnerships & Corporations
- Constitutional Law
- Legal Research And Writing
- How To Find A Job As A Paralegal
- Ethics For Paralegals
Blackstone will provide you with the following tools for your success in the paralegal profession, all of which are included in your tuition and have been have prepared by experts in the field of paralegal studies.
Blackstone Modern American Law Series
This ten-volume set of standard texts will become a valuable lifelong reference. Texts average 155 pages, with almost 2,150 pages in all.
Blackstone Law Glossary
This extra volume gives a concise definition of legal words and phrases that the law student is likely to encounter, plus the phonetic pronunciation of words - an invaluable tool when going through the Blackstone course. This will arrive with your first shipment.
Black's Law Dictionary (Pocket Edition)
This is an authoritative and up-to-date dictionary, fully defining over 10,000 terms. Based on the award-winning Black's Law Dictionary Abridged Edition, it is unmatched in readability and ease of use. This 796 page deluxe, perfect bound book - a must for every law student - will be sent at the midpoint of your course.
Legal Research and Writing - Part I Study Unit
This text provides a solid foundation in legal research, covering an introduction to the U.S. legal system; primary and secondary sources; computer-assisted legal research; conducting, updating and verifying legal research; and legal analysis.
Legal Research and Writing - Part II Study Unit
Building on the information presented in Part I, this text focuses on the skills paralegals need to perform on-the-job professional legal writing. The text covers the preparation of legal letters, legal research memorandums, trial court legal memorandums, and appellate briefs.
How to Find a Job as a Paralegal Study Unit
This text provides readers with the vital information necessary to begin an exciting career in the legal field. Candidates learn about the various legal work environments and specialty areas for which paralegals are in demand. In addition, the text covers crucial information about starting the job search, guidelines for resumé and cover letter writing, and some rules for having a successful interview. Tips for succeeding on the job are also presented in this unit.
Ethics for Paralegals Study Unit
This text covers the evolution of the paralegal profession; job responsibilities; confidentiality, conduct, and ethics; working as a freelance or independent paralegal; and lifelong learning.
Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center
Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can take exams and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone.
LexisNexis® Student Membership
Blackstone Legal Assistant / Paralegal students will receive a one-year membership to LexisNexis®, the premier online research tool of legal professionals. Learn the research skills you’ll need to perform in the workplace!
In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:
Can I enroll in the Blackstone legal assistant / paralegal course without prior legal training?
- Thorough Testing
A total of 31 exams, comprised of approximately 120 pages, and six writing exercises assist Blackstone in assessing your understanding of the concepts taught.
You will receive an official transcript and a Legal Assistant / Paralegal diploma upon successful completion of the entire program. A copy of your transcript will also be on permanent file with Blackstone and is available for a nominal fee.
- Ample Time
You have up to two years to complete the Blackstone Legal Assistant / Paralegal program. If additional time is needed, a six-month extension can be purchased.
- Individual Grading
Your mailed exams and assignments will be individually graded by Blackstone’s staff. If you submit your exams through the Online Student Center, you will receive an electronic Grade Report instantly.
Your success is important to us! Any time you need assistance, please contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or problems you encounter with the course materials or exams.
Yes! If you are a motivated self-starter, you will find the home study course to be well-paced and easy to understand. You will learn to crawl before you have to walk. Then before you know it, you will be running towards your new and exciting career.
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||Train for a new career and get ahead with Blackstone Career Institute, a pioneer in distance education since 1890. Unlike some career schools, Blackstone is privately licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, D.C. These regulations are your assurance that Blackstone offers first-rate quality programs and instruction.
As a "school without walls," Blackstone offers you the freedom to study when you want and where you want. Since there are no classes to attend, you progress at your own pace.
Depending on your learning style, you may choose correspondence-based instruction or electronic instruction through our Online Student Center. No matter which format you choose, you receive advice, guidance, and tutoring from our experienced faculty and staff.
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