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Goals and Objectives

Goals

UNDERSTAND LEGAL CONCEPTS AND THEIR PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

Objectives

  • Identify legal issues in cases
  • Apply legal issue to facts
  • Understand the core concepts of the primary areas of legal specialties including Criminal Law; Family Law; Real Estate; Debtor/Creditor; Contracts; Estates and Trusts; Litigation; Administrative Law
  • Understand the structure and function of state and federal court systems *

COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY ORALLY AND IN WRITING

Objectives

  • Draft a legal memorandum
  • Use proper grammar and punctuation
  • Create client correspondence
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate orally
  • Develop client interviewing skills

PROFICIENT IN USING LEGAL TECHNOLOGY

Objectives

  • Students will be familiar with CALR - Lexis
  • Students will be familiar with Computer Litigation Support: Concordance
  • Students will be familiar with Law Office Management technology
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing local websites to obtain forms for various court practice, i.e., Surrogate practice; Real Estate practice (Monroe County Clerk); Bankruptcy (electronic filing)

EXHIBIT ANALYTICAL THINKING SKILLS

Objectives

  • Able to identify issues in legal writings
  • Able to prioritize issues of interest to the case at hand
  • Able to apply the appropriate law to given fact patterns

DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS

Objectives

  • Recognize the ethical obligations of a paralegal
  • Be familiar with the local professional code of ethical responsibility along with the State Professional Code and the ethical standards of major paralegal professional associations