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Paralegal Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Certificate Number 901101

A Legal Assistant or 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 designated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals are not authorized to practice law.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Communicate effectively orally and in writing within the context of a legal environment.
. Work collaboratively while demonstrating professionalism, individual initiative and responsibility.
. Apply ethical principles and critical thinking skills to solve problems in a legal environment.
. Effectively organize legal information.
. Conduct accurate, effective and efficient legal research using both traditional and computerized research techniques.
. Generate work product in various fields of law, using computer software applications typical in a modern legal environment.

Requirements for Certificate Entry:

. Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (transcript to be submitted with enrollment form).
. Ability to use Microsoft Word and Windows proficiently.

Credentials

. The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is also a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
American Bar Association
541 North Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 988-5617

Note

. Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics, 10-110-101, is a corequisite for 10-110-XXX courses in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate only. Legal Research, 10-110-104, is a prerequisite for Legal Writing, 10-110-105, and Civil Litigation 1, 10-110-102, is a prerequisite for Civil Litigation 2, 10-110-103, in the Paralegal Post Baccalaureate Certificate.
. The American Bar Association (ABA) requires each learner to take a minimum of four legal specialty courses in a live, synchronous “real time” format (face-to-face). NWTC requires you to take Civil Litigation 1 (10-110-102), and three other legal specialty courses of your choice, from NWTC in a live, synchronous, “real time” format (face-to-face).
. NWTC has designated the following courses as legal specialty courses:

10-110-102, Civil Litigation 1
10-110-103, Civil Litigation 2
10-110-106, Law-Family
10-110-107, Legal Aspects/Business Org
10-110-110, Real Estate Law
10-110-114, Estates and Probate
10-110-115, Administrative Law
10-110-122, Creditor/Debtor Relations
10-110-160, Law-Employment
10-110-162, International Law & Immigration
10-110-165, Contracts and Insurance Law
10-110-168, Paralegal Criminal Procedures
10-110-169, Indian Law

Curriculum

Catalog No. Description Credits

10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics
3
10-110-102 Civil Litigation 1
3
10-110-104 Legal Research
3
10-110-105 Legal Writing
3
Choose three selective courses from the list below:

10-110-115 Administrative Law
3
10-110-103 Civil Litigation 2
3
10-110-165 Contracts & Insurance Law
3
10-110-122 Creditor/Debtor Relations
3
10-110-160 Employment Law
3
10-110-114 Estates and Probate
3
10-110-106 Family Law
3
10-110-169 Indian Law
3
10-110-162 International Law and Immigration
3
10-110-168 Paralegal Criminal Procedures
3
10-110-110 Real Estate Law
3

Certificate Total
21

Curriculum Note
10-110-106, Law-Family is offered only in the fall.
10-110-110, Real Estate Law is offered only in the spring.
10-110-114, Estates and Probate is offered only in the fall.
10-110-115, Administrative Law is offered only in the fall.
10-110-122, Creditor/Debtor Relations is offered only in the spring.
10-110-160, Law-Employment is only offered in the fall.
10-110-162, International Law & Immigration is offered only in the spring.
10-110-165, Contracts and Insurance Law is offered only in the spring.
10-110-168, Paralegal Criminal Procedures is offered only in the spring.
10-110-169, Indian Law is offered only in the fall.

Course Sequence for Students Starting in the Fall

SEMESTER ONE: 12 Credits
10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics
10-110-104 Legal Research
10-110-XXX Selective Course
10-110-XXX Selective Course

SEMESTER TWO: 9 Credits
10-110-102 Civil Litigation I
10-110-105 Legal Writing
10-110-XXX Selective Course

Course Sequence for Students Starting in the Spring

SEMESTER ONE: 12 Credits
10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics
10-110-104 Legal Research
10-110-102 Civil Litigation I
10-110-XXX Selective Course

SEMSTER TWO: 9 Credits
10-110-105 Legal Writing
10-110-XXX Selective Course
10-110-XXX Selective Course

Course Descriptions

10-110-102 Civil Litigation 1...civil procedure in state and federal courts, the litigation process with emphasis on the paralegal function in investigating and gathering information, and preparing pleadings and motions. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-103 Civil Litigation 2...civil litigation including discovery, settlement, trial, and appellate procedure. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; 10-110-102, Civil Litigation 1)

10-110-115 Administrative Law...the paralegal's role in preparation and representation of cases before administrative agencies, structure and authority of administrative agencies, procedures, and substantive state and federal administrative law. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-165 Contracts and Insurance Law...explore contract formation, breach of contract, defenses to contract, parol evidence rule, statue of frauds, and warranties. Examine insurance law including insurable interests, insurer's duty to defend, subrogation, and bad faith claims. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-114 Estates and Probate...property classification; property ownership; succession; wills: modification, revocation, drafting, execution; client contact; probate courts; trust classification; estate planning; ethics; personal representatives; formal probate; summary proceedings; informal probate. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-169 Indian Law...Wisconsin Indians, tribal sovereignty, federal/Indian relations, tribal governments, tribal courts, treaty making, removal/reservation life, assimilation, reorganization, termination, self-determination, gaming, and other contemporary issues. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-162 Intl Law and Immigration...develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of international law and immigration including international organizations, treaties and courts; student and worker visas; citizenship, residency and removal; and legal systems throughout the world. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-160 Law-Employment...analyze federal and state laws governing employment relationships, job discrimination, sexual harassment, work place privacy, labor standards, and human resource management. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-107 Legal Aspects/Business Org...formation, operation, and dissolution of types of business organizations, and substantive and procedural law involving business organizations. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-168 Paralegal Criminal Proc...substantive and procedural criminal law, the role of paralegals in both the prosecution and defense of criminal actions, emphasis on investigations and preparation of legal documents. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-110 Real Estate Law...law of real property, forms of ownership, land description methods, public and private encumbrances, real estate contracts, deeds, financing sources, title evidence, and the closing process. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-122 Creditor/Debtor Relations...legal rights of creditors and debtors, collection of outstanding debts, execution of judgments, small claims court, bankruptcy procedures, and filing bankruptcy petitions and schedules. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-106 LAW-FAMILY ...this course is designed to familiarize the student with basic legal concepts involved in the area of family relations. The primary emphasis will be in the field of divorce. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with “C” or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-104 Legal Research...research terminology; sources of law; primary/secondary authority; mandatory/persuasive authority; citation form; factual/legal issues; effective research strategies; validating and updating results; computer-assisted legal research; Internet research. (Prerequisite FOR PROGRAM ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better. Corequisite FOR CERTIFICATE ONLY: 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics)

10-110-105 Legal Writing...process writing; writing fundamentals; proofreading; in-house documents; legal correspondence; analytical writing; synthesizing cases/authorities; briefing cases; legal memoranda; persuasive writing; drafting pleadings, motions, legal briefs; drafting discovery documents. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; 10-110-104, Legal Research)

10-110-101 Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics...introduction to the legal profession: ethics, court system, legal research, and roles of the paralegal.

For more information, please contact: The Business & Information Technology Department,(920) 498-5435 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 5435,or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.