Career Diploma: Paralegal
Penn Foster Career School's Paralegal Career Diploma Program is designed to give students the skills necessary to work as paralegals. Read more about this program here.
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Students in Penn Foster Career School's Paralegal Career Diploma Program are given the opportunity to learn about legal terminology, the U.S. court system, conducting legal investigations and interviews, legal writing and research, paralegal ethics, and professional responsibilities. This program is also intended to teach students about the role of paralegals in civil litigation, criminal litigation, the federal and state court systems, case investigations, evidence, and evaluation. Students have the chance to gain PC and administrative skills while also enhancing their communication skills. To enroll in the paralegal program, students must already have their high school diploma or GED. This program is designed to be completed in as little as one year, although students can take more time if necessary.
Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:
Penn Foster Career School provides students in the Paralegal Career Diploma Program with all the lessons, equipment, and learning aids needed to complete the program.
Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.
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Required Courses for a Paralegal Career Diploma:
Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
- Instruction Set 1
- Learning Strategies
- The Paralegal Professional
- Instruction Set 2
- Legal Terminology, Part 1
- Legal Terminology, Part 2
- Developing Critical Thinking Skills
- Instruction Set 3
- Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
- Graded Project: Thinking Critically About Ethics
- Instruction Set 4
- How the Law Works
- U.S. Court System, Part 1
- U.S. Court System, Part 2
- Instruction Set 5
- Business Law
- Graded Project: Business Law
- Instruction Set 6
- Civil Litigation
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Criminal Litigation
- Instruction Set 7
- First Steps in Using a Personal Computer
- Using Windows(R) XP
- Internet Basics
- Study Unit: Microsoft(R) Word
- Graded Project: Microsoft(R) Word
- Study Unit: Microsoft(R) Excel(R)
- Graded Project: Microsoft(R) Excel(R)
- Study Unit: Microsoft(R) PowerPoint(R)
- Graded Project: Computer Applications
- Instruction Set 8
- Introduction to Writing
- Using the Parts of Speech
- Punctuation and Capitalization
- Writing Sentences and Paragraphs
- Improving Your Writing
- Types of Business Writing
- Instruction Set 9
- Legal Writing
- Graded Project: Legal Writing Project 1
- Legal Research
- Graded Project: Legal Writing Project 2
- Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Part 1
- Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Part 2
- Graded Project: CALR Project
Furthering Your Education:
Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Paralegal Career Diploma Program may be interested in pursuing associate or bachelor's degrees in paralegal studies or legal studies. This might increase their knowledge of the legal field and prepare them for advancement in the paralegal field.
Degree options include (but are not limited to):
- Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
- Associate of the Arts in Paralegal Studies
- Associate of Business in Paralegal Studies
- Associate of Specialized Business in Paralegal Specialist
- Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
Students who complete Penn Foster's Paralegal Career Diploma Program might pursue employment as paralegals in private law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, or court offices. The work of paralegals might include preparing legal documents, conducting research, and getting cases ready for trial.
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