PARALEGALSTUDIES  2012–2013  PROGRAM GUIDE
PARALEGAL STUDIESParalegals play a central role in law offices. They helpattorneys create legal documents, investigate fac...
PARALEGAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAMThe program is a rigorous and intensive educational experience that gives you the pra...
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Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

  1. 1. PARALEGALSTUDIES 2012–2013 PROGRAM GUIDE
  2. 2. PARALEGAL STUDIESParalegals play a central role in law offices. They helpattorneys create legal documents, investigate facts,conduct legal research, and interview clients and witnesses.Given these responsibilities, it’s no wonder that theparalegal profession is one of the country’s fastest growing:U.S. Department of Labor estimates suggest that thenumber of paralegals will increase by 22 percent between2006 and 2016. Salaries also are expected to increase at animpressive rate.With DePaul’s Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, you’llgain the skills and credentials to succeed in this dynamic,rewarding profession. “DePaul’s Paralegal program pulls the most important aspects of the profession and puts them into a rigorous educational course. The practical application of skills taught made the transition into a paralegal career very smooth. And, the evening program makes attaining the certificate easier for working adults.” Meghann Artner
  3. 3. PARALEGAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAMThe program is a rigorous and intensive educational experience that gives you the practicalskills needed to work as a paralegal. The program curriculum covers legal fundamentals andcore paralegal skills, as well as substantive topics of law, including torts, contracts and businesslaw. Develop the important skills you’ll use every day as a paralegal: interviewing, investigation,document preparation, file maintenance, correspondence, research, writing and analysis.Program Topics • Legal Research Skills • You’ll have access to the followingYou’ll gain knowledge, skills and • Bluebook Citation Form resources:credentials in these areas: • Strategies for Employment - website containing course support A • Electronic Legal Research Skills materials (interactive exercises,Substantive Law • Résumé Preparation diagrams, charts, graphics, textbook• Tort Law commentary and mock exams)• Business Law Who Should Attend - CD-ROM with templates, A• Contract Law This program is designed for those forms, links and other important seeking new careers or interested in informationEssential Skills for Paralegals enhancing their paralegal career. It builds - online communication hub An• Introduction to the Legal Field on expertise developed in non-legal fields, where you can access course• Legal Terminology such as accounting, education and health updates, class materials and grades,• Legal Analysis care, to provide a better understanding of while participating in postings and• Legal Memorandum Form the legal system. discussions with students and• Federal and Illinois Court Structure teachers• Government Structure How You Will Benefit• Legal Ethics • This program is intensive. In just 17• Court Rules weeks, you’ll earn the credentials of• Discovery Preparation a paralegal.• Pleading Preparation • With a blended format of evening• Utilization of Legal Forms classes and online study, the program is• Summarizing Depositions specifically designed to accommodate• The Arbitration Process the schedule of working adults.• Discovery Coordination • A substantial portion of the program is• Interviewing Clients and Witnesses delivered through online study. You can• Law Office Investigation test drive the program on our website at cpe.depaul.edu/paralegal.Prerequisites Information Sessions Campus LocationsA bachelor’s degree or three years DePaul University CPE offers free Courses are offered at DePaul’s Loop,experience in the legal field is strongly information sessions about our Paralegal Naperville and O’Hare campusesrecommended. For further information Studies Certificate Program prior to beginning each fall and winter. Presentedabout eligibility, call (312) 362-6292. the start of each new term. Meet with as a combination of evening classes and a Paralegal Studies instructor who online study, this program is specifically will provide an overview of the program designed to accommodate the schedules and answer your questions. Visit of working adults. cpe.depaul.edu/paralegalinfo for the dates and times of upcoming information sessions. cpe.depaul.edu/paralegal
  4. 4. DePaul University Continuing andProfessional Education (CPE) is a leading Pprovider of professional developmentand learning for working adults seekingto enhance their skills, advance in theircareers and enrich their understanding of Sa rapidly changing world. CPE also offerseducation solutions customized to meetthe needs of business, government andnonprofit organizations.Visit Our WebsiteFor online registration, course informationand current dates, please visit our websiteat cpe.depaul.edu/paralegal.Program ContactMoses Hudson, Program Manager(312) 362-6292mhudson2@depaul.edu

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