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Goals and Objectives of the Paralegal Studies Program

The mission of the Paralegal Program is to prepare students for employment in the paralegal field at the entry level or, for those already so employed, to meet requirements for promotion and additional career responsibility. It is also designed to prepare students to transfer effectively to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a degree in paralegal studies, jurisprudence, or other law-realted fields.

GOAL #1   Students will become critical thinkers
Objectives: 

  1. Conduct proactive problem solving
  2. Identify legal and factual issues
  3. Demonstrate understanding of legal research methodology
  4. Demonstrate sufficient attention to details  
  5. Actively listen to supervising attorney, clients, witnesses, and coworkers

GOAL #2   Students will become effective communicators
Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of English language
  2. Demonstrate mastery of legal terminology 
  3. Demonstrate professional writing skills
  4. Demonstrate oral communication skills  
  5. Demonstrate visual communication skills
  6. Conduct effective client interviews
  7. Comprehend written materials and information

GOAL #3   Students will become competent legal professionals
Objectives:

  1. Explain basic concepts of substantive and procedural law, including operation of the legal system and the theory of law
  2. Employ legal terminology in the legal environment 
  3. Understand the operation and management of a law office
  4. Manage multiple projects at one time
  5. Demonstrate self-discipline and ability to work independently
  6. Demonstrate good organizational skills
  7. Establish and maintain professional relationships

GOAL #4   Students will become ethical legal professionals
Objectives:

  1. Identify the unauthorized practice of law and understand and how to avoid it.
  2. Demonstrate the elements of competency, including knowledge, thoroughness, diligence, communication, and attention to detail
  3. Differentiate between the duty of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege and understand how to minimize the unintentional disclosure of information 
  4. Identify impermissible conflicts of interest and appropriate screens to overcome them. 
  5. Describe appropriate means to secure clients’ property and improper fee-sharing arrangements
  6. Appreciate special issues involved in advocacy and litigation, including solicitation of clients