Advanced Paralegal

These classes are available to students who wish to extensively build upon their knowledge of law and paralegal studies with classes in specialized facets of contemporary law. Your study and concentration on substantively specific materials will enable you to gain a strong competitive edge over other paralegals. The additional training gained through participation in these advanced classes will embellish your legal knowledge and skills, which in turn should increase your salary and marketability. Students must successfully complete the Core Requirements before they take the Advanced Paralegal Course. Up to three Advanced Paralegal Course topics may be taken during a seven-week online session and Advanced Paralegal Course topics do not have to be taken in any particular order. They are as follows:

Bankruptcy Law
This course examines the debtor-creditor relationship and the difference between voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy, both under Chapter 7 (liquidation) and 11 (reorganization).

Victim Advocacy
The course provides an overview of criminal procedure and discusses the devastating effects crime can have on its victims.

Advanced Legal Research
Advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, will be examined.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Specific attention will be given to the tradition techniques of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration and more modern variations, such as summary jury trials and mini-trials.

Business Law
This course examines the law and practice of business organizations and the paralegal's potential functions in this area of law.

Estate Planning
This course explores the paralegal's role in estate planning. The requirements of creating enforceable wills and trusts will be covered, and study of resulting and constructive trusts will be provided.

Criminal Law
The course begins with an overview of the concept of punishment and goes on to study the burden of proof and criminal defenses; it also provides a critical look at the most common crimes.

Family Law
Family law pertains to the formation and dissolution of domestic relations, including the law of marriage, annulment, separation and dissolution, maintenance, and custody and support of children.

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the federal constitution, including the institution of judicial review, the limitations on federal judicial power, the constitutional roles of the legislative and executive branches, due process of law, and individual rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Possible future trends of the U.S. Supreme Court will also be explored.

Water Law
This intensive class is designed to give students, particularly from Colorado and neighboring states, an appreciation of the importance of allocation of water resources in the American West.

Immigration Law
This course explores all significant aspects of the immigration and naturalization process in the United States, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

Education Law
This course focuses on the laws that govern America’s public school system, as well as home schooling, including student rights regarding discipline, suspension, personal grooming, testing and grading, and drug testing.

Criminal Procedure
In Criminal Procedure, you are presented with a clear and concise overview of the Constitutional protections that are provided to the accused in the United States, including the law of search and seizure, Miranda rights, Fifth Amendment protection, and the right to an attorney.

Intellectual Property
Paralegals in this exciting area work on copyrights, patents, trademarks, unfair competition, protection of trade secrets, and much more.

Real Property Law
In this course you will examine the system of common law property, the recording acts, conveyancing, mortgaging, landlord-tenant, and financing.

Tuition: $300 per topic

Call 718-390-3221 or visit The Center for Legal Studies for more information.