Legal assistants are an essential part of nearly every legal team. They are generally well-organized and have a genuine interest in the law.
Stratford's Legal Assistant/Paralegal course is a career-focused course designed to help students determine if a supportive career in the legal system is of interest to them.
Instruction begins with exploration of the modern law office and quickly moves on to civil litigation, criminal procedure and foundations of law. Upon completion, students should have a valid understanding of the important role a legal assistant/paralegal play in todays law offices and courtrooms.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for legal assistants/paralegals is $52,920. The number of jobs is projected to increase by 10% through 2029.*
Becoming a Paralegal The Law Office Setting
Duties of the Paralegal
The Court System
The Role of the Paralegal
The Discovery Process
The Framework of a Lawsuit
Real Estate Law
Civil Litigation and the Paralegal Civil Litigation Law Firms
The Framework of a Civil Lawsuit
Negligence and its Defense
The Discovery Process
Expert Witnesses and Trial Preparation
From Initial Case Development to Trial Technology
Post Trial Motions and Appeals
Criminal Procedure Court Systems in the United States
The Anatomy of a Criminal Prosecution
Elements of a Crime
Statutory Law: From Introduction Through Analysis
Victims of Crime
Criminal Trials and Evidence
The First Amendment
Legal Writing Sentences and Paragraphs
Word Selection and Usage
Computer and Internet Research Web Sites
The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing
Legal Research Memorandum
The titles Legal Assistant and Paralegal can be used interchangeably. The preferred title depends on the area in which you reside.
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.
We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021 Edition