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COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGEINTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES, LAW C100EXAMINATION NO. 1, Chapters 1 -6 - STUDY GUIDEChapter 1Acronyms for various legal organizationsNALA – National Association of Legal Assistants o1975 - Actively involved in paralegal professional developmentNFPA – National Federation of Paralegal Associationso1974 - Actively involved in paralegal professional developmentABA – American Bar Association oNational Association for attorneysoROLE – In 1974 established educational standards for paralegal training programs – this is a voluntary process for schools/programsAAfPE – American Association for Paralegal Education o1981 – national association of paralegal educators established to promote high standards for paralegal education oROLE – to promote high standards for paralegal educationAssociation responsible for establishment of standard for paralegalEducationAAfPE or ABABoth NALA & the ABA agree on the definition of Paralegal/Legal Assistant as:“A legal Assistant of Paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who performs specificallydelegated substantive legal work, for which a lawyer is responsible.”What paralegals may or may not do:Paralegals may perform substantive legal work under the supervision of anattorney (who is ultimately responsible for the paralegal’s work product)THEY DO NOT: Practice law/Give legal advice etc.Types of tasks paralegals traditionally perform – vary by type/size of employer:
Conduct client interviewsLocate/interview witnesses Summarize witness testimonyCoordinate & Attend litigation proceedingsUse computers & technology Conduct legal investigation Calendar/Track important deadlinesOrganize/maintain client filesConduct legal researchDraft legal documentsFile legal documents w/CourtsParalegal schools – requirements and standards1.Two Year community college programs2.Four Year Bachelors 3.Certificates offered by private institutions 4.Post graduate certificate programs5.Master’s Degree ProgramA blend of substantive and procedural law Substantive LawoLaw that defines the rights and duties of individuals with respect to each other’s conduct and propertyProcedural lawoRules that define the manner in which the rights and duties of individuals are enforced.Continuing legal education (state?)8 hours every 2 years o4 of which are in ETHICSCommunication skillsVerbal/Listening SkillsWritten Communication – the ability to put thoughts in writing