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Advanced Paralegal Courses

Blackstone Career Institute makes every effort to accommodate the enrollment of incarcerated individuals in our Advanced Paralegal Courses. We use soft-covered books and materials for ease of entry into most state prisons, federal penitentiaries, county jails, and other institutions.

Our Advanced Paralegal Courses are intended to build on the paralegal certificate program with content focusing on a specialized area of law, including Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation and more. Each course provides more in depth information to expand legal knowledge and present the paralegal’s role in these law specialties.

Many students interested in our programs reach out to loved ones to fund their education. As a sponsor, you provide an inmate the opportunity to serve productive time by learning the law – knowledge they can use now and in the future.

  • Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
  • Study Method: Mail correspondence
  • Program Length: Completion time ranges from 1-6 months, with students given the option of up to 6 months if needed.

Overview

Criminal Law

The predominance of criminal law cases within the legal system has caused an increasingly high demand for paralegals trained in this field. This course prepares students to participate in trial preparations and procedures. The course also covers homicide, assault and battery, arson, burglary, embezzlement and extortion. Students are challenged to apply their legal reasoning skills to realistic case scenarios and analysis problems.

Civil Litigation

The Civil Litigation course offers paralegals specialized knowledge for a litigation firm. It discusses the paralegal’s role in assisting the attorney before, during, and after a trial, including: investigating and gathering evidence; participating in discovery; drafting the complaint; preparing witnesses for depositions; assisting in the completion of interrogatories; preparing the trial notebook; preparing witnesses for trial and post trial practice; and drafting appellate briefs.

Family Law

The Family Law course uses articles, cases, and examples to describe a paralegal’s role in matters of family law. Paralegals will be able to assist attorneys as they draft premarital and cohabitation agreements, help clients start or end their marriages, set up a mutually agreeable child custody arrangement, clarify paternity, adopt a child, litigate tort cases, and more. This course includes up-to-date information on same-sex relationships, the enforcement of child support orders, the legal status of frozen embryos, and the confidentiality of adoption records.

Business and Corporate Law

The Business and Corporate Law course discusses important topics related to business law, including traditional and online dispute resolution, sales and leases, warranties, product liability, consumer law, e-contracts, negotiable instruments, corporations, financing, investor protection, online securities offerings, real and personal property, agency and employment, and international law in a global economy.

Real Estate Law

The Real Estate Law course discusses different forms of ownership of real property, aspects of real estate finance and title insurance, and special circumstances surrounding the ownership of condominiums and cooperatives. This course also explains the paralegal’s role in assisting the attorney with the reading and preparation of various real estate documents including encumbrances, easements, licenses, contracts, deeds, titles, closings, surveys, land descriptions, and leases.

Personal Injury/Torts

Tort law is the arena of law primarily responsible for making citizens whole after they have been injured by the wrongs of others. The Personal Injury/Torts course introduces students to tort law by discussing the scope, definitions, elements, and purpose of torts. It also discusses specific torts such as battery, assault, negligence, strict liability, and torts within and against family members.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

The Wills, Trusts, and Estates course uses articles, cases, and examples to describe a paralegal’s role in the administration of wills, trusts, and estates. This course will prepare paralegals to assist attorneys as they plan estates, explain rights, draft wills, set up trusts, appoint personal representatives, probate wills, file estate taxes, and represent clients in probate court.

Practical Bankruptcy Law

The Practical Bankruptcy Law course provides the building blocks of bankruptcy law by explaining cases from the perspective of the debtor, the trustee, and the creditor; and discusses the special rules and procedures that must be followed in each type of case. This course also explains how cases are commenced, converted, dismissed, and closed.


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Advanced Paralegal Course Materials

Blackstone makes it easy for incarcerated students to complete our Advanced Paralegal courses while incarcerated. All of the materials needed to successfully complete each of the Advanced Paralegal courses is provided, including a soft-covered commercial textbook and an accompanying study guide. Textbooks for each course are listed below.

Criminal Law

Fundamentals of Criminal Practice: Law and Procedure, 2012, by Thomas E. McClure and Thomas E. Eimermann. Paperback edition. ISBN 978-0-7355-7094-8

Civil Litigation

Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals, 7th Edition, 2012, by Marlene A. Maerowitz and Thomas A. Mauet. Custom-published paperback edition. ISBN 978-145481683-6

Family Law

Family Law for Paralegals, 5th Edition, 2011, by J. Shoshanna Ehrlich. Paperback edition. ISBN 978-0-7355-8773-1

Business and Corporate Law

Fundamentals of Business Law, 2011, by Daniel V. Davidson, Lynn M. Forsythe and Brenda E. Knowles. Custom-published paperback edition. ISBN 978-145481682-9

Real Estate Law

Real Estate and Property Law for Paralegals, 2nd Edition, 2009, by Neal R. Bevans. Paperback edition. ISBN 978-0-7355-6944-7

Personal Injury/Torts

Personal Injury and the Law of Torts, 2nd Edition, 2012, by Emily Lynch Morissette. Paperback edition. ISBN 978-0-7355-9877-5

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Basic Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Paralegals, 5th Edition, 2011, by Jeffrey A. Helewitz. Paperback edition. ISBN 978-0-7355-9873-7

Practical Bankruptcy Law

Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals, 8th Edition, 2011, by David L. Buchbinder. Paperback edition. ISBN 978-0-73550786-9




In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:

Thorough Testing

Each Advanced Paralegal Course has six graded examinations to assist Blackstone in assessing a student’s understanding of the concepts taught.

Documents

Students will receive an official transcript and a certificate upon successful completion of the Advanced Paralegal Course in which they are enrolled. A copy of their transcript will also be on permanent file with Blackstone and is available for a nominal fee.

Ample Time

Students have up to six months to complete an Advanced Paralegal Course. If additional time is needed, a six-month extension can be purchased for $75.00.

Grading

Students just mail their exams to us and we’ll send them a grade report within one business day of receiving their answer sheet! Blackstone provides pre-addressed envelopes for the expedient return of each exam.

Support

Each student’s success in his or her Advanced Paralegal Course is important to us! Blackstone has an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and service. Our highly trained staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST to assist with questions. Students may also send us their questions by mail using the consultation forms located in all study guides and we will send a prompt reply.

Affordable Tuition

Our low tuition cost covers the entire Advanced Paralegal Course selected, including: textbook, study guide, supplemental materials, teacher evaluations, record keeping, a certificate upon graduation, and more!

Financial Assistance

Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include sponsorship, interest-free financing with low monthly payments, and GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans.

All tuition plans are interest FREE! Choose affordable education on your terms. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Tuition

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy to receive a quality education at an affordable cost. Choose the payment plan that best fits your budget and get started today!


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Resources for Inmate Advanced Paralegal Students

These include sites that specifically relate to paralegal students, as well as those who are incarcerated. Find organizations to join and increase networking abilities. Many of these organizations and associations have their own newsletters or magazines, job databases, and certification exams. Relevant links to other web sites for paralegal careers, as well as books, software or journals that can help as students build their professional knowledge.

Explore online resources below in the following categories:

  • Resources for Incarcerated Students
  • Paralegal Associations
  • Law-Related Sites and Resources
  • Job Resources for Paralegal Careers
  • Books and Journals for the Paralegal Profession

Resources for Incarcerated Students

Paralegal Associations

Law-Related Sites and Resources

  • U.S. Courts: Locate district courts, probation offices, court of appeals, bankruptcy courts, and pretrial services offices by city, state, county, zip or area codes.
  • American Civil Liberties Union: Find information on all the latest civil rights issues
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association: Resources for those seeking more information on equal justice
  • Library of Congress: U.S. and overseas newspapers, current periodicals, and government publications
  • Lawyers.com: Search by practice area or location
  • Paralegal Today: Website for the trade magazine Paralegal Today; with online articles, news briefs and events related to paralegal careers
  • FindLaw: News, cases and codes; a resource for students, those in paralegal careers and other legal professionals, as well as the public
  • Law.com: Buy legal books and products, search for legal terms and verdicts, file legal documents and forms, links to legal magazines
  • Lawsource.com: Home of American Law Sources On-line, providing a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada
  • Federal Judicial Center: Reference to help students, those employed in paralegal careers, the public, and federal court employees understand aspects of the federal courts
  • Legal Information Institute: An electronic library covering various law topics, court opinions, introduction to basic legal citation, state and federal laws
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information

Job Resources for Paralegal Careers

  • U.S. Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook for paralegals with current data on paralegal careers
  • Exclusively Legal: Provides specialized staffing services to law firms and corporate legal departments, a job search engine, and ability to submit a resume
  • Law jobs: Search jobs, post your resume, submit career questions related to paralegal careers
  • Legal Career Center Network: Job search and recruiting services for legal community and those interested in paralegal careers, search for Associations by state
  • Beacon Hill Legal: Provides interim and direct-hire staffing solutions to law firms and corporations for paralegals, legal support staff, and those interested in paralegal careers in specific and specialized practice areas
  • Paralegal Post.com: Jobs for the paralegal community, interview and resume tips
  • Kelly Law Registry: Legal placement firm specializing in permanent and temporary assignments Paralegal Jobs- Search jobs and post your resume
  • Law Crossing: The largest collection of legal jobs in the world, including paralegal careers
  • IHireLegal: Search jobs, upload your resume, and receive live customer support and email notifications of new job postings that match your qualifications
  • Become a paralegal: State-specific information for aspiring paralegal professionals including hourly and annual wage figures, relevant professional organizations, and more.

Books and Journals for the Paralegal Profession

  • NOLO: Legal books, software and forms
  • Amazon.com: Check out the various titles available and type "paralegal" into the search bar
  • Paralegal Today: Subscribe to their bimonthly magazine for Paralegal Professionals, or join the PT Listserv to network with others and learn more about paralegal careers

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a correspondence program work?

How long does it take to complete the program?

Our average student takes between 4 and 6 months to complete an Advanced Paralegal course. The minimum completion time is 1 month. Some complete in less time and others take longer. This is one of the major advantages of studying independently—you set the pace.

What are the prerequisites to enroll?

We require a High School or General Equivalency Diploma. All applicants must complete and return the Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment. Applications will only be processed when accompanied by the required payment.
Students are expected to be able to read at the high school level. If a student has difficulty with the first lesson and exam, our Education Department will assess the reason for the difficulty. If reading comprehension is a problem, we will offer the student our help. If the issue cannot be resolved, Blackstone will allow the student to cancel.

Is it possible for an incarcerated student to find employment as a Paralegal after their release?

We often hear from graduates who were incarcerated indicating that they obtained positions as paralegals upon their release. In fact, many of them state they have found positions with attorneys they met while incarcerated or during their court proceedings.

Obviously, it would be up to the employer’s discretion and will depend on the nature of the particular offense. He or she may be limited in their capacity to obtain certain positions within the federal and state government or positions that require a two-year or four-year degree. In addition to having the knowledge that our program provides, other skills that employers are looking for, such as professionalism and good verbal and written communication skills are needed.

Inmates choose to take our course for various reasons. They realize the value of continuing their education, they want to become more knowledgeable in understanding their own case, or they want to show the parole board that they are working for positive change.

Securing employment is possible. However, the student will need to be realistic in his or her expectations. Education is never a guarantee of employment, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

What is required to graduate and receive the certificate?

Students must satisfactorily complete all exams as well as have the tuition paid in full to graduate. Our staff is available through written correspondence to provide whatever support needed to meet this goal. A student who is committed to finishing should have no problem doing so.

What happens if the student is transferred or released?

We are aware that incarcerated students may be transferred to other facilities or be released during their enrollment with Blackstone. The student and/or sponsor should contact Blackstone as soon as possible to notify of an upcoming transfer or release. This will allow the school to hold material if needed or send any course material to the new location.

Can students take a break from their studies due to illness or other issues?

Leaves of absence for a maximum of three months will be granted for good cause. Requests should be made in writing to the Student Services Department. A leave of absence does not extend the required time for completion nor suspend the tuition payment plan. A course extension is available for a nominal fee if two years is not sufficient time to complete your studies.

How do I get my friend or loved one started in the Advanced Paralegal program?

The easiest way to enroll a student is online. You may also call us at 800-826-9228 to enroll by phone or you may use the printed enrollment agreement and mail to our office.

Please make sure all information on the enrollment is correct, especially the student's name, DOC/inmate number, and correct mailing address. If there are any special shipping/mailroom requirements at the facility, please contact our office to inform our staff.

Features
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Low monthly payments
Includes Shipping
No Hidden Charges
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$396
1 Time Payment for Full Tuition
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$160 Down
4 Low Monthly Payments of $59
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