These specialized online classes are available to students who wish to extensively build upon their knowledge of law and paralegal studies with classes in specialized facets of contemporary law. These classes build upon the Paralegal Certificate course that is a prerequisite for this class.
Students are required to complete six Advanced Paralegal course topics to complete the requirements for the online Advanced Paralegal Certificate. Each course topic is offered in a seven-week online session. Students may take up to three topics per seven-week session. Individual topics may also be selected and course topics do not have to be taken in any particular order.
To review the detailed syllabi on any of the Advanced Topics offered through the Advanced Paralegal Certificate course, visit: http://www.legalstudies.com/syllabi/advancedtopics.html
Advanced Topics Offered:
- Bankruptcy Law
- Victim Advocacy
- Advanced Legal Research
- Mediation and Other Forms of ADR
- Business Law and Practices
- Estate Planning: Probate, Wills, and Trusts
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
- Immigration Law
- Water Law
- Education Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Intellectual Property
- Real Property Law
Bankruptcy is an area of law that has provided significant employment for paralegals. This course examines the debtor-creditor relationship and the difference between voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy, both under Chapter 7 (liquidation) and 11 (reorganization). Students study the Bankruptcy Code in depth and learn how to prepare the most important bankruptcy forms.
This intensive online program is designed to train and qualify students to provide assistance to crime victims. The course provides an overview of criminal procedure and discusses the devastating effects crime can have on its victims. Students learn how paralegals as victim advocates can assist their office’s clients who have been victimized by crime.
Advanced Legal Research
Advanced and specialized approaches to use the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, are examined. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research is taught. Students also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing.
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Students learn about Alternative Dispute Resolution, or dispute resolution techniques that may better suit the needs of parties than does traditional litigation. This intensive course is designed to train paralegals in the art of negotiation and how to participate in the conflict mediation processes. Participants review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Specific attention is given to the traditional techniques of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration and more modern variations, such as summary jury trials and mini-trials. Topics include divorce settlement mediation and labor arbitration. The course covers the mediation process, the role of the mediator, and problems encountered in mediation and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions.
Business Law and Practices
This course examines the law and practice of business organizations and the paralegal’s potential functions in this area of law. It begins with an examination of basic agency law, followed by a study of the fundamental structure and the most important legal doctrines relating to general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, small closely held corporations, and large publicly-traded corporations.
Estate Planning: Probate, Wills & Trusts
This course explores the paralegal’s role in estate planning. The requirements of creating enforceable wills and trusts are covered. A study of resulting and constructive trusts is provided.
The course begins with an overview of the concept of punishment and goes on to study the burden of proof and criminal defenses; it also provides a critical look at the most common crimes. Students learn common terminology in criminal law and how to consider a crime thoroughly in terms of its elements.
Family law pertains to the formation and dissolution of domestic relations, including the law of marriage, annulment, separation and dissolution, maintenance, and custody and support of children. This course covers the differences between community and separate property, the classification of property, and the impact of such classification. The role of the paralegal in family law practice and the importance of mediation of domestic issues are also discussed.
Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of the federal constitution, including the institution of judicial review, the limitations on federal judicial power, the constitutional roles of the legislative and executive branches, due process of law, and individual rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Possible future trends of the U.S. Supreme Court are also explored. This course focuses on individual civil liberties and 42 U.S.C. section 1983 claims, emphasizing redress for violations of the Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendment rights of the U.S. Constitution.
This course explores all significant aspects of the immigration and naturalization process in the United States, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Topics include worker and student visas, as well as Family Residence requirements, and the removal process. Finally, the course covers citizenship and the requirements for an immigrant to become a citizen. Paralegals who plan to work in this challenging and demanding area will find the information gained in this course especially helpful in a rapidly growing specialty in the law.
This intensive class is designed to give students, particularly from Colorado and neighboring states, an appreciation of the importance of allocation of water resources in the American West. Participants will learn about the common law and civil law approaches to the distribution of water in arid regions, the transportation of water from one basin to another, and the hierarchy of competing uses for the water. Water was first viewed as a means of transportation (and the main impetus behind dispensing with the Articles of Confederation in favor of the Constitution), and later as power for industry, irrigation for agriculture, and the water resource behind the growth of cities of the American West. Las Vegas and Phoenix, for example, would have been mere refueling stations on the transcontinental railroads were it not for massive water projects to make the desert bloom. Special emphasis will be given to Colorado’s unique system of water courts and water judges.
This course focuses on the laws that govern America’s public school system, as well as home schooling, including student rights regarding discipline, suspension, personal grooming, testing and grading, and drug testing. Topics such as segregation, integration, dress codes and drug testing are essential, not only for paralegals seeking full or part-time law office employment, but also for teachers, school counselors and administrators working in the schools.
In Criminal Procedure, students are presented with a clear and concise overview of the Constitutional protections that are provided to the accused in the United States, including the law of search and seizure, Miranda rights, Fifth Amendment protection, and the right to an attorney. The knowledge gained in this course is essential to full or part-time law office employment, as well as employment with government agencies in the criminal justice system.
This cutting edge course provides in depth instruction in one of the most dynamic and challenging areas of the law. Paralegals working in Intellectual Property work on copyrights, patents, trademarks, unfair competition, and protection of trade secrets, to name a few. The knowledge gained in this course is not only applicable to full or part-time law office employment, but is also essential for authors and business owners who may be involved in entertainment and contract matters. This challenging specialty is in great demand.
Real Property Law
The law of real property is one of the basic law school courses, and is a must for paralegals in a business law firm. Covered are the system of common law property, the recording acts, conveyancing, mortgaging, landlord-tenant, and financing. Included are subjects every paralegal should know about land transactions and the documents that record the purchase, sale, and leasing of real estate. Beyond buyer-seller issues, the student gains knowledge about working with title insurance companies, recorders of deeds, and how to recognize land finance subjects. Finally, the foreclosure of mortgages and the possibility of redeeming a mortgage that has gone into default are covered.