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Paralegal Training Online

Career Diploma
Paralegal Studies

Paralegal training online is your key to an exciting career working closely with attorneys. In our popular Paralegal Studies course you’ll learn how to research cases, draw up legal documents, interview witnesses, and prepare for trial for corporate, civil and criminal cases.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online paralegal training lessons introduce you to the legal system, the role of a paralegal, types of laws, and much more. Upon completion, you have the opportunity to take one of our Advanced Specialty Courses. Choose from Litigation, Real Estate Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Law or Estates, Wills and Trusts. It’s your choice – yours at no additional cost.

  • The Constitution and our legal system
  • Functions of federal and state court
  • Researching cases
  • Contracts
  • Torts and property law

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Legal and Criminal Justice Careers  

This lesson introduces you to the legal system. You will learn about federal and state laws and federal and state court systems. You will also learn about types of crimes, the civil litigation and criminal justice processes, and careers in the legal and criminal justice fields.

Lesson 3: Introduction to the Legal System and Jurisdiction  

In this lesson, you will learn about the origins of the legal system, the sources of law, the three branches of government, and the functions of federal and state court. You will also learn about the types of jurisdiction and how jurisdiction impacts legal research.

Lesson 4: Categorizing the Law and Procedural Law  

This lesson teaches you how to classify cases to streamline and focus legal research. You will learn how to distinguish between substantive law and procedural law and criminal law and civil law. You will also learn how to effectively read the law and apply the law to the facts of a case. You will learn the stages of a trial and the significance of procedural law and how it affects criminal and civil law and the trial.

Lesson 5: The Role of the Paralegal, and Criminal Law  

In this lesson, you will learn to identify the qualities an ideal paralegal should possess, the career opportunities available to paralegals, and the ethical considerations faced by paralegals. You also will be introduced to the essential elements of criminal law, the significance of the Model Penal Code, how to distinguish between general intent and specific intent, how to identify the two essential elements of a criminal offense, how to explain the difference between burglary and robbery, and the defenses available in most criminal cases.

Lesson 6: Contracts and Business Law  

In this lesson, you will learn what a contract is, its essential elements, defenses to valid contracts, remedies available to breach of contract actions, and the purpose of the Uniform Commercial Code. This lesson also introduces you to the major forms of business organization, such as sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.

Lesson 7: Torts and Property Law  

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the primary classifications of torts: intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability torts. Negligence and potential defenses will be discussed as well as strict liability and remedies. You will also learn about real and personal property and how property is classified, transferred, and recorded.

Lesson 8: Wills and Estates, and Family Law  

In this lesson, you will learn about wills, trusts, estates, and the essential elements of a valid will. You will also learn about the distribution of property before and after death. This lesson will also introduce you to the essential elements of family law; you will study the topics of marriage, dissolution of marriage, and the legal aspects of the parent-child relationship.

Lesson 9: The Paralegal Profession, and Ethics and Professional Conduct  

This lesson introduces you to the world of the legal professional. You will learn what the law is, how it actually operates, and the role of a paralegal. You will also study the ethical considerations necessary for the study of law, including the ethical issues faced by paralegals and the importance of professionalism.

Lesson 10: The American Legal System  

In this lesson, you will learn about American law, its development and history, and its structure and components. You also will learn about jurisdiction over subject matter, persons, and things.

Lesson 11: Legal Research and Writing  

This lesson teaches you how to read court decisions and how to write a case brief. You will learn techniques and strategies for finding and applying legal materials from both primary and secondary authorities, and you will learn legal research and writing.

Lesson 12: Paralegals and Substantive Law  

In this lesson, you will be introduced to substantive law and to the specialty areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and property.

Lesson 13: Family and Business Matters  

In this lesson, you will learn legal specialties dealing with family matters -- about how the law affects and governs many important aspects of our personal relationships. This lesson will also teach you about business-related topics within the legal practice, such as contracts and business organizations.

Lesson 14: Paralegals in the Workplace  

In this lesson, you will learn about the process of obtaining employment in the legal profession, techniques that paralegals use to obtain training and continuing legal education, examples of actual work that can be performed by paralegals, and the outer boundaries of paralegal activity.

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  What You Get

Complete our paralegal training online and on your terms. Study at your own pace and get assistance when you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

Our online paralegal courses give you a balance of important theory and hands-on application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive paralegal textbooks & learning guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates of our paralegal training online courses receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. With a career diploma from an accredited online paralegal training course you’ll be ready for the fast-paced world of law.

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Don’t put your future on trial. Prepare for a secure future by enrolling in our Paralegal Studies course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.