These courses 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.
Each topic is offered in a seven-week online session. Course topics do not have to be taken in any particular order. Those who successfully complete at least six advanced topics will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Textbooks necessary for these courses can be found through the following hyperlink: https://www.legalstudies.com/bookstore/
- Advanced Legal Research
Advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, will be examined. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAWNext, WESTLAW classic and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution refers to dispute resolution techniques that may better suit the needs of parties than traditional litigation does. This intensive course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. The course will discuss the mediation process, the role of the mediator, and problems encountered in mediation.
- 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). You will study the Bankruptcy Code in depth and learn how to prepare the most important bankruptcy forms.
- Business Law and Practices
This course examines the law and practice of business organizations and the paralegal’s potential functions in this area of law.
- Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
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. This course will focus on individual civil liberties and 42 U.S.C. section 1983 claims.
- 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.
- Criminal Procedure
In Criminal Procedure, students 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. The course also covers citizenship and the requirements for an immigrant to become a citizen.
- Intellectual Property
This cutting edge course provides in depth instruction in one of the most dynamic and challenging areas of the law. Paralegals in this exciting area work on copyrights, patents, trademarks, unfair competition, protection of trade secrets, and much more. This challenging specialty is in great demand.
- Real Property
The law of real property is one of the basic law school courses, and is a must for paralegals in a business law firm. Here we examine the system of common law property, the recording acts, conveyancing, mortgaging, landlord-tenant, and financing. We cover the subjects every paralegal should know about land transactions and the documents which record the purchase, sale, and leasing of real estate. Foreclosure of mortgages and the possibility of redeeming a mortgage that has gone into default are also examined.
- Victim Advocacy
This course provides an overview of criminal procedure and discusses the devastating effects crime can have on its victims. You will learn how paralegals as victim advocates can assist their office’s clients who have been victimized by crime. Successful graduates of our training program will be eligible at minimum for the NACP Provisional Credential and possibly for the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Credential based upon their experience in the field. Please refer to NACP for additional information.This instruction is practice-oriented and focuses on those areas of law that are most in demand. No prerequisite but expect to complete a significant amount of homework for each session.
Other Online Courses
Software Essentials for the Law Office
This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Course topics include: computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery, and trial presentation and graphics software. Hands on exercises will prepare students to work with popular programs such as MS PowerPoint, AbacusLaw, CaseMap, Clio, DiscoverFY, HotDocs, Tabs3, TimeMap, and TrialDirector, as well as understand the common functions and purposes of similar programs. Common billing procedures and payment agreements, accurate time tracking, proper calendar and docketing procedures as well as the processes involved in electronic discovery will be addressed through a variety of exercises. In addition, students will be presented with real-life scenarios and asked to identify and examine ethical issues raised by the use of technology in a legal practice.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete this course.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from the college. Students may submit this certificate to MA OEMS and receive up to 23.5 hours of continuing education credits!
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Withdrawal and Refund Information
You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0–50% depending on the length of the course.
Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.
There are designated parking lots available for students; however, a parking decal is required. If you do not have a decal, visit the Massasoit campus police with your driver’s license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.