Credits: 3 Credits (126 Clock Hours)
This course is designed for persons who will work in a law office management position, either as an employee of a law firm or as an entrepreneur operating his or her own law/paralegal office. This course may be studied as a "stand-alone" course but is especially effective when studied in conjunction with a substantive area of the law. For instance, this course and the Immigration course comprise the Immigration Law Certificate Program, as the acquisition of knowledge of immigration law and law office management is a crucial first step for any paralegal hoping to earn a living helping immigration clients as an entrepreneurial immigration paralegal.
This course takes you into the exciting world of the legal marketplace. You will learn about law offices, their fundamental characteristics, and the differences between different types of law firms. This course also discusses personnel relations, and how the legal team functions together. As a paralegal, you must have a foundation in ethics, the next subject of study in this course. Client relations are going to be a major part of your career, and you need to know the ethical boundaries which guide legal professionals. This course also examines legal fees, timekeeping, billing, and financial management, managing clients' trust fund accounts, and reviews law office systems and technology. Finally, the course considers the important subjects of record-keeping, and law library organization and management. All in all, this course is a must for anyone interested in owning and operating their own legal office, open to the public.
Earn Your Certificate Online
Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from Washington Technical Institute.
Certification from the accredited Washington Technical Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.
This certificate is valid in all 50 States.
Course Format: Instructor Led Online Course
Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WTI online classroom.
Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.
Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.
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Washington Technical Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning