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Paralegal Studies

This catalog lists the upcoming sections of the courses in the Paralegal Certificate program. Students must complete four core courses, two electives, and two professional development seminars to earn the Paralegal Certificate. Emory Continuing Education'

Administrative Law

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This is an introductory course to Administrative Law with a thorough explanation of how agencies are created and how they impact daily activities of individuals and businesses. Students will be taught the difference between administrative proceedings and judicial proceedings. They will also learn to differentiate between federal, state, and local government administrative proceedings. This course will provide an overview of administrative law in various areas such as Social Security, Immigration, Taxation, Medicaid, Education, Workers Compensation, Child Support, Professional Licensing and Health Care Facility Regulation.

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Note: Students are encouraged to rent this book or buy a used copy. Students will not need the disc-based workbook that comes with a new copy.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Explain the creation and role of administrative agencies in federal, state and local governments
  • Distinguish between administrative law proceedings and judicial proceedings
  • Identify various benefits and regulatory processes in such areas as Social Security, Immigration, Taxation, Medicaid, Education, Workers’ Compensation, Child Support, Professional Licensing and Health Care Facility Regulation
  • Identify due process appeal rights available when adverse action by an agency results in a denial, modification, or termination of a benefit or in the imposition of fines, license revocation or other sanctions
Section: ADMINLAW (04MAR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 04, 2017 End Date: Apr 01, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Steven Teate Register

Intellectual Property

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

An examination of the four major areas of intellectual property law: trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secret. Related topics including trade names, restrictive covenants and social media may be addressed. The course will provide students with a conceptual background and practical skills.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Search, register and maintain trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Identify what a copyright is and what works may be copyrighted.
  • Obtain practical experience in registering a copyright with the Copyright Office.
  • Recognize what constitutes trademark, copyright and patent infringement.
  • Understand the different types of patents, how patents are granted, and what rights are protected.
  • Recognize what constitutes a trade secret and how to protect it.
Section: IPLAW (15APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 15, 2017 End Date: May 13, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Steven Dubner Register

Introduction to Law

This course is required to complete the Paralegal Certificate and is offered multiple times throughout the year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This course provides the foundation for understanding the legal system, court structure, and attorney/paralegal ethics. Completion of this course is required to obtain the Paralegal Certificate.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Identify the ethical duties imposed on attorneys and paralegals
  • Distinguish between the federal and state court systems
  • Identify the various Georgia courts and their jurisdictions

Section: LAW (13APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 13, 2017 End Date: May 18, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Cicely Barber Register
Section: LAW (24JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 24, 2017 End Date: Jul 29, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Dorian Murry Register

Law Office Technology

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This course will provide students with a detailed, hands-on introduction to law office technology. You will have the opportunity to use applications in the following areas: timekeeping, database management, litigation support and trial presentation. In addition to class lectures, you will have intense hands-on experience downloading, installing, and using the same software used by law firms and corporate legal departments.

Students taking this class should either complete the Introduction to Law and Civil Litigation classes first or should have practical litigation experience.

Please note:

1. You will need access to a Windows-based computer and a high speed (no dial up) Internet connection to access all of the resources in this class. Most law office software is designed for use on a PC, and does not work on an Apple computer.

2. Do not purchase a used copy of the text for this class. The textbook comes with an access code to a website with links to the necessary software. A used textbook will not have a valid access code. And please DO NOT load any software until specifically instructed to do so.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Understand the basics of electronically stored information (ESI), metadata and electronic discovery
  • Use document assembly software (HotDocs)
  • Use law office billing software (Clio)
  • Use law office database software (Clio)
  • Use litigation support software (CaseMap and TimeMap)
  • Use trial presentation software (PowerPoint and TrialDirector)
  • Identify how social media and the cloud impact the practice of law
  • Understand the ethical issues raised by all of the above topics
Section: LAWTECH (11APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 11, 2017 End Date: May 23, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Matthew Cornick Register
Section: LAWTECH (15AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 15, 2017 End Date: Aug 31, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Matthew Cornick Register

Real Estate Law

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This course provides an analysis of the basic principles involved in real and personal property law, as well as a practical understanding of real estate transactions, land lord-tenant issues, and land use restrictions.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Understand the closing process from contract to document execution
  • Recognize all of the documents that are relevant to the real estate transaction process
  • Understand how to conduct a title examination and present the results in a title commitment
  • Analyze land lord-tenant issues and timelines
  • Recognize the relevant land use concepts, land use restrictions, and language
Section: PROPLAW (06JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 06, 2017 End Date: Jul 18, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Leonard Medley Register

Torts & Personal Injury Law

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This class focuses on the legal system surrounding civil wrongs that do not arise from contractual relationships.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the elements of intentional torts (e.g. trespass, false imprisonment, assault and battery, etc.)
  • Recall the elements of negligence and their applications (e.g. automobile accidents, slip and falls)
  • Distinguish the elements of defamation (libel and slander) and the different torts involving privacy rights
  • Understand the concept of strict liability and its application
  • Comprehend the different causes of action for product liability cases
  • Identify and apply defenses to torts
Section: TORTLAW (13JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 13, 2017 End Date: Aug 17, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Clarence R Johnson Register

Civil Litigation

This course is required to complete the Paralegal Certificate and is offered multiple times throughout the year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This class prepares graduates to work within the Georgia legal environment. Note that Georgia’s legal system is similar to many other states, so much of this knowledge is applicable outside of Georgia. Completion of this course is required to obtain the Paralegal Certificate.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Understand the terminology and rules of civil procedure
  • Understand the trial process from beginning to end
  • Draft a complaint and answer
  • Create discovery documents for submission to opposing parties
Section: CIVLIT (25MAR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 25, 2017 End Date: May 06, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Dorian Murry Must Apply
Section: CIVLIT (08MAY17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 08, 2017 End Date: Jun 26, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Cicely Barber Must Apply
Section: CIVLIT (22JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 22, 2017 End Date: Aug 26, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Cicely Barber Must Apply

Contract Law

This course is required to complete the Paralegal Certificate and is offered multiple times throughout the year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This course will provide an introduction to basic contract law, including the Uniform Commercial Code. Specifically, the course will provide an introduction to the requirements for an enforceable contract, contract performance and remedies available upon the breach of a contract. Emphasis will be placed on practical drafting and analysis. Completion of this course is required to obtain the Paralegal Certificate.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize what is required for a binding contract
  • Understand how contracts might be modified by the parties
  • Recognize when a party commits a breach of contract
  • Analyze available contract remedies
Section: CONLAW (10MAY17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 10, 2017 End Date: Jun 14, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Leonard Medley Must Apply
Section: CONLAW (29JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 29, 2017 End Date: Aug 26, 2017 Tuition: $895.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Steven Dubner Must Apply

Interview Skills for Legal Careers

You may have noticed that every job ad asks for 3-5 years of experience, and the legal industry is no different. What’s a newly minted paralegal supposed to do? Yes, these jobs require experience, but focusing on strategy can help new paralegals get into the field. Our seminar will discuss the ins and outs of legal recruiting and help you develop a sound strategy for your job search. You’ll also discover various ways to land that first job by getting in front of a hiring manager, presenting yourself professionally, and interviewing effectively.
Section: INTERVIEW (10JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 10, 2017 End Date: Jun 10, 2017 Tuition: $0.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Craig Hardesty Must Apply

Legal Research & Writing

This course is required to complete the Paralegal Certificate and is offered multiple times throughout the year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This course provides the foundation for finding legal authority, conducting legal analysis, and writing basic legal memoranda.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • identify and distinguish the differences between primary and secondary legal authority
  • conduct online research using Westlaw software
  • use proper Bluebook citation format for both primary and secondary legal authority
  • research primary authority and conduct legal analysis based on a given fact pattern
  • author a closed-legal memorandum
Section: LR&W (20MAY17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 20, 2017 End Date: Jun 24, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Matthew Cornick Must Apply
Section: LR&W (19JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 19, 2017 End Date: Aug 30, 2017 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Matthew Cornick Must Apply

Specific Areas of Paralegal Practice

As a new paralegal, the first step on your career ladder is figuring out what you want to do and where you want to do it. There are many types of law firms and organizations that utilize paralegals, so you need to decide the right atmosphere for you and where you will thrive. Joining a law firm, a corporate or government legal department, or a nonprofit agency are just a few of your options. Our seminar provides information about these organizations, the various areas in which they practice, and employer expectations for new paralegals. You will gain valuable insight into what makes a superstar paralegal and how to put yourself on that path.
Section: PRACTICE (10JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 10, 2017 End Date: Jun 10, 2017 Tuition: $0.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Craig Hardesty Must Apply

Bankruptcy Law

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This class is an overview of bankruptcy law and procedure, the rights of creditors and debtors, and a brief introduction to garnishments and other judicial attachments of property. The role of paralegals in bankruptcy matters will be reviewed.

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Business Organizations

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This class provides the foundation for understanding the types of legal entities most commonly used by businesses including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. It will focus on how such entities are created, managed, taxed, transferred and terminated, as well how such businesses may be liable for the actions of its agents and employees.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different business entities
  • Draft a basic partnership agreement
  • Incorporate a corporation and organize an LLC on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website
  • Understand how business entities operate and who may act for those entities

Criminal Law

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

In this class, students will learn the fundamental concepts basic to an understanding of criminal law and criminal procedure. Our readings and lectures will focus on national trends and general concepts, but we will also study specific Georgia criminal statutes and procedure as well as individual rights under the federal and state constitutions. Students will be able to analyze what crime or crimes are applicable to specific factual scenarios as well as to understand how a case moves through the criminal justice system from investigation through post-appeal procedures.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize criminal conduct and defenses to criminal charges.
  • Identify the elements of specific crimes such as murder, assault, and DUI.
  • Understand the law of search and seizure, and the right against self-incrimination and other constitutional principles.
  • Obtain familiarity with the mechanics of a jury trial, from jury selection to appeal.

E-Discovery

This course is an elective option in the Paralegal Certificate and Project Management Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

The prolific use of technology has created an enormous volume of information that when overlooked, creates serious consequence in litigation. The objective of this e-discovery course is to introduce participants to the complexities and challenges of e-discovery and how to apply industry best practices for managing e-discovery projects. You will be able to apply comprehensive knowledge of the E-Discovery process to successfully manage the collection, review and production of electronic evidence for a law firm, government agency, or corporate legal department, as well as to help enterprises prepare their data for litigation readiness.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the role of E-Discovery in today’s legal system
  • Understand the E-Discovery process, based on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model and The Sedona Principles
  • Manage E-Discovery cases according to traditional and legal project management standards
  • Assess and practically address E-Discovery issues

Family Law

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This course will introduce students to the areas of family law including: marriage, pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, and adoption. Students will create all forms required for a GA divorce.

Students taking this class should either complete the Introduction to Law and Civil Litigation classes first or should have practical litigation experience.

The instructor for this class wants to encourage you to purchase a used copy of the textbook. The textbook will be supplemented with current materials and forms.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the arise rights and obligations that arise from marriage
  • Identify legal requirements for a pre-nuptial agreement
  • Distinguish between annulment and divorce
  • Prepare the documents required for a Georgia divorce
  • Create a Georgia child support Excel spreadsheet
  • Understand the process and procedure for a valid Georgia adoption

Wills, Trusts & Estates

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

This course focuses on estate planning, wills, trusts, and the probate process. Students will be exposed to the drafting of wills and the creation of trusts.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize and identify the basic terminology associated with will and trusts.
  • Analyze the rules regarding heirs and inheritance.
  • Understand the process of Estate Administration and the Georgia Probate Court System.
  • Understand the process of Estate Planning for the elderly, including healthcare, guardianship, etc.
  • Master the formalities of will execution.
  • Detail the requirements, creation, and restrictions of basic trusts.