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Paralegal Core Courses

This catalog lists the upcoming sections of the core courses in the Paralegal certificate program. Students must complete each of these four courses, two electives, and two professional development seminars to earn the Paralegal Certificate.

Civil Litigation

This class prepares graduates to work within the Georgia legal environment. Topics include civil procedure rules and terminology, the trial process, complaints and answers, discovery documents, and more.

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

Contract Law

This course will provide an introduction to basic contract law, including the Uniform Commercial Code. Content includes the requirements for an enforceable contract, contract performance and remedies available upon the breach of a contract.

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

Introduction to Law

This course provides the foundation for understanding the legal system, court structure, and attorney/paralegal ethics. Areas covered include federal and state court systems, and identification of various Georgia courts and their jurisdictions.

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

Legal Research & Writing

This course provides the foundation for finding legal authority, conducting legal analysis, and writing basic legal memoranda. We'll identify the differences between primary/secondary legal authority and conduct online research using Westlaw software.

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

Paralegal Job Search and Career Development Skills

Starting your paralegal career requires effective transition planning – develop your own strategy with valuable job search tools and techniques. Create a polished resume/cover letter, build your professional image, and master essential interview skills.

You’ve taken the first step towards enhancing your career prospects via the paralegal program – but now comes an even more critical stage: capitalizing on your new education credentials and turning those qualifications into a job.

Confidently starting your paralegal career requires effective transition planning – join us to develop your own personal strategy utilizing valuable job search tools and techniques. Create a polished resume and cover letter, build your professional image, master essential interview skills, and prepare to start your successful paralegal career!

Only students enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate Program may register for this course.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Develop a resume and cover letter to use in their job search
  • Establish an online presence that portrays a professional image
  • Use their research skills to find available positions and develop a solid plan for a successful job search
  • Enhance their interview skills for all types of interview formats
  • Establish a foundation for long-term success in a new paralegal position