Paralegal Programs

E-mail: lscont@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-2109

Fax: 703-993-2121

Paralegal
This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and related to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand.
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
This stimulating Advanced Legal Research and Writing Online course is designed to teach advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library and elsewhere. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. Students will 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.
Advanced Paralegal
These advanced paralegal topics build upon the nationally-acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course© offered by over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. These 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. The study and concentration on substantively specific materials will enable student to gain a strong competitive edge over other paralegals. The additional training gained through participation in these advanced classes will embellish students’ legal knowledge and skills, which in turn should increase their salary and marketability.
Employment Law
This course will cover statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other various statutes dealing with public employees. Topics to be included are master and servant, wages and hours, antidiscrimination in employment and minimum wages and maximum hours, as well as regulation of working conditions.
Intellectual Property Law for Engineers
This course will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement, and computer applications of software (protected by copyright), and hardware (by patents). Students will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials, methods of doing business, and research. Not only do they deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.
Legal Investigation
This course is designed to teach legal investigation to those interested in pursuing a new career and those presently working in the legal field. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies, and private businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies, in the process of civil and criminal investigation.
Personal Injury for Paralegals
With this fast-paced class you will learn many of the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents. Students will review the negligence theory of torts upon which many personal injury claims are based. Students will discuss interviewing, investigating, and other case building techniques vital to a personal injury paralegal's success in the law office.
Software Essentials for the Law Office
This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office.

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