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This is a free course offered as part of the Saylor Foundation's Professional Development program. 'This program is designed especially for adult learners who are ready to learn and apply skills demanded by today’s employers. Whether you are new to the employment world or wish to develop and improve your workplace skills, you will...
This is a free course offered as part of the Saylor Foundation's Professional Development program. 'This program is designed especially for adult learners who are ready to learn and apply skills demanded by today’s employers. Whether you are new to the employment world or wish to develop and improve your workplace skills, you will be able to select short-term courses targeted to your success.'
'With the expansion of law and the legal process into so many areas of everyday life, the responsibilities of the legal profession have expanded to meet new challenges. For example, the advent of the Internet since the early 1990s has raised a multitude of new legal issues related to various areas of intellectual property, including copyright, patent law, and trademark law. In recognition of the fact that many law-related responsibilities can be handled by well-educated and trained non-lawyers, the legal profession has increasingly come to depend on the assistance of paralegals. Paralegals perform key functions within a law office from drafting legal documents to investigating cases and interviewing witnesses. While they are no replacement for lawyers, paralegals have become recognized as key components of a well-functioning legal office.
This course will introduce you to the basic knowledge and skills required of paralegals. You will familiarize yourself with basics of the American legal system, as well as the substantive areas of law that are addressed within this system. You will also learn and apply skills, such as researching legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, and drafting motions and pleadings. By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of what a paralegal does, the skills needed to be a successful paralegal, and what it will take to begin a career as a paralegal.'