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Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Similar to the medical field (Physicians and Physician Assistants) , Attorneys and the legal field have embraced the profession of Paralegals. In fact, paralegals — also called legal assistants — are continuing to assume new responsibilities in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers.

One of a paralegal's most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, litigation support, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals might investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases.

Like your paralegal courses? Earning a degree will open the door for opportunities in law office management, government, court administration, arbitration/mediation, financial institutions, the medical field, the insurance and real estate industry, etc. It can also become your first step towards law school!

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Degree Programs

Certificate Programs


Introduction to Paralegalism
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to various aspects of the law, including but not limited to torts, contracts, criminal law and procedure and constitutional law. The course also surveys the structure and procedure of a number of court systems in the United States, and includes discussions of some topics of concern to the paralegal, including legal ethics, the rights of the elderly, the poor, the young and other disadvantaged minorities.

Legal Research and Writing
3 Credits

Selected topics to develop skills in the use of legal encyclopedias, digests, reports, statutes, restatements, law reviews, and other research materials used by the legal profession are presented as an introduction to the uses of the law library. It is necessary that students do much of their legal research assignments in one of the many state or university law libraries located at various places throughout Connecticut. Students who are unable to devote several hours of research per week in one of the law libraries are advised not to enroll in LGL*H102.

Real Estate Practice
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the law of real property, and includes the preparation and recording of deeds, easements, leases and other public documents, in addition to a large variety of other documents, forms and procedures that a paralegal will encounter in real estate practice.

Criminal Procedure
3 Credits

This course enables the student to utilize the classroom as a learning law laboratory since it will explore the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment in detail as well as the entire United States Constitution. Constitutional law cases will be studied in the context of criminal procedure issues evolving from the precedents set by the United States Supreme Court.

Bankruptcy Law
3 Credits

This course will provide students with a thorough review of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The course is tailored to explore the general functions of the Bankruptcy Court. The applicable rules and proceedings for various types of bankruptcy cases will be thoroughly discussed.

3 Credits

As an introduction to civil and criminal procedures, this course includes a survey of the functions of the federal and state court systems. The preparation of documents relative to the trial and appellate process is examined.

Probate Practice and Estate Administration
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the law of wills, trusts and estates, and includes the law of intestate succession as well as a survey of the probate system. This course will help to prepare the paralegal to become fa-miliar with the various forms and documents associated with probate and estate practice.

Family Law
3 Credits

This course will provide a strong background in the area of family law, with special emphasis on family law practice, including litigation. Other family law topics such as adoption, custody, community property, and child support are thoroughly investigated.

Advanced Legal Issues Seminar
3 Credits

This course will be taught as a seminar and through a series of lectures. A guest speaker is also likely to participate. The problem-solving method will be used to examine critical issues in the wake of current legal events and new trends in the law.