EXAM Study Guide Ch 1-6 - COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES LAW C100 EXAMINATION NO 1 Chapters 1-6 STUDY GUIDE Chapter 1

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COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL STUDIES, LAW C100 EXAMINATION NO. 1, Chapters 1 -6 - STUDY GUIDE Chapter 1 Acronyms for various legal organizations NALA – National Association of Legal Assistants o 1975 - Actively involved in paralegal professional development NFPA – National Federation of Paralegal Associations o 1974 - Actively involved in paralegal professional development ABA – American Bar Association o National Association for attorneys o ROLE – In 1974 established educational standards for paralegal training programs – this is a voluntary process for schools/programs AAfPE – American Association for Paralegal Education o 1981 – national association of paralegal educators established to promote high standards for paralegal education o ROLE – to promote high standards for paralegal education Association responsible for establishment of standard for paralegal Education AAfPE or ABA Both 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 specifically delegated 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 an attorney (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 interviews Locate/interview witnesses Summarize witness testimony Coordinate & Attend litigation proceedings Use computers & technology Conduct legal investigation Calendar/Track important deadlines Organize/maintain client files Conduct legal research Draft legal documents File legal documents w/Courts Paralegal schools – requirements and standards 1. Two Year community college programs 2. Four Year Bachelors 3. Certificates offered by private institutions 4. Post graduate certificate programs 5. Master’s Degree Program A blend of substantive and procedural law Substantive Law o Law that defines the rights and duties of individuals with respect to each other’s conduct and property Procedural law o Rules that define the manner in which the rights and duties of individuals are enforced. Continuing legal education (state?) 8 hours every 2 years o 4 of which are in ETHICS Communication skills Verbal/Listening Skills Written Communication – the ability to put thoughts in writing
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