Curriculum

Introduction to Law *

This class provides the foundation for understanding the legal system, court structure, and attorney/paralegal ethics. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Civil Litigation

This class prepares graduates to work within the Georgia legal environment. Note that Georgia's legal system is similar to many other states, do much of this knowledge is applicable outside of Georgia. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Legal Research & Writing

This class provides the foundation for finding legal authority, conducting legal analysis, and writing basic legal memoranda. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Contract Law

This course will provide an introduction to the broad area of contract law, including the Uniform Commercial Code. Specifically, the course will provide an introduction to the basic requirements of an enforceable contract, contract performance and remedies available upon the breach of a contract. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

*Introduction to Law is a prerequisite for all other required courses.

Students are required to complete two elective courses. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Administrative Law

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.

Bankruptcy Law

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.

Business Organizations

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.

Criminal Law

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.

E-Discovery

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.

Family Law

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.

Intellectual Property

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

Law Office Technology

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.

Real Estate Law

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.

Torts & Personal Injury Law

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

Wills, Trusts & Estates

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.

ECE provides two complimentary seminars to help students learn about the paralegal profession and gain insights into how to find their first jobs. These seminars are open to all students who have received acceptance into our Paralegal Certificate program.

Upon acceptance, you can register for the seminars:

Go to My Certificate Programs, choose Paralegal Certificate, and then locate the seminars at or near the bottom of the page.

Interview Skills for Legal Careers

You may have noticed that many job ads ask 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.

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. Many types of law firms and organizations utilize paralegals, so you need to decide how and where you can thrive in the right atmosphere. 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. Learn what makes a superstar paralegal and how to put yourself on that path.