Blackstone’s Accredited Interviewing and Investigating Course

This course provides an overview of interviewing and investigating skills used by paralegals to gather relevant information in order to assist the legal team in case preparation. The concept of formal discovery as it relates to civil and criminal litigation is discussed. Ethical considerations that affect the interviewing and investigating process are addressed. Students will learn to identify and find witnesses, use public and private sources of information, and prepare and conduct interviews of clients and witnesses.

Objectives

a. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the purpose and role of factual investigation and interviewing as it relates to formal discovery and informal investigation in the law office.

b. Describe the American adversarial system.

c. Explain formal discovery in civil and criminal procedure

d. Describe the basic rules of evidence and how they are applied in interviewing and investigating by legal professionals.

e. Discuss relevant ethical and professional concerns including the unauthorized practice of law, client confidences, conflicts of interest, and improper communications.

f.  Illustrate the communication and factual analysis skills needed to competently plan and carry out an effective investigation in a realistic case context including locating public and private records, identifying fact witnesses, locating qualified expert witnesses, and the scheduling and conducting of a client interview and a witness interview as well as the preparation of a witness statement.

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Maintain your certification

Our Advanced Paralegal Courses are designed for both professional development and to meet the continuing legal education (CLE) needs of practicing paralegals. Each advanced paralegal studies course has been reviewed by NALS… the association of legal professionals, and can be applied to the five-year PLS and PP recertification. If you are a Certified Paralegal (CP) through NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, each advanced course is worth 20 hours toward the 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education needed for paralegal recertification.

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Nala Member

Use of the NALA logo indicates membership in NALA and does not indicate an endorsement, approval, or recommendation of any school, education program, or training related to the qualifications for any testing or certifications provided by NALA.

Material Included in Your Interviewing and Investigating Program

Interviewing and Investigating: Essentials Skills for the Paralegal, 8th edition, ISBN: 9781543840209

Blackstone’s Advanced Paralegal Courses include all materials needed: a commercial e-textbook and an accompanying study guide. Your e-book is delivered via VitalSource, one of the most popular and user-friendly e-textbook platforms for higher education. Blackstone’s Online Student Center allows you to easily access your coursework, take exams and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, chat real-time, participate in online discussions, and receive news about Blackstone.

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Blackstone’s Accredited Interviewing and Investigating Course

This course provides an overview of interviewing and investigating skills used by paralegals to gather relevant information in order to assist the legal team in case preparation. The concept of formal discovery as it relates to civil and criminal litigation is discussed. Ethical considerations that affect the interviewing and investigating process are addressed. Students will learn to identify and find witnesses, use public and private sources of information, and prepare and conduct interviews of clients and witnesses.

Objectives

a. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the purpose and role of factual investigation and interviewing as it relates to formal discovery and informal investigation in the law office.

b. Describe the American adversarial system.

c. Explain formal discovery in civil and criminal procedure

d. Describe the basic rules of evidence and how they are applied in interviewing and investigating by legal professionals.

e. Discuss relevant ethical and professional concerns including the unauthorized practice of law, client confidences, conflicts of interest, and improper communications.

f.  Illustrate the communication and factual analysis skills needed to competently plan and carry out an effective investigation in a realistic case context including locating public and private records, identifying fact witnesses, locating qualified expert witnesses, and the scheduling and conducting of a client interview and a witness interview as well as the preparation of a witness statement.

Continue Reading >

Maintain your certification

Our Advanced Paralegal Courses are designed for both professional development and to meet the continuing legal education (CLE) needs of practicing paralegals. Each advanced paralegal studies course has been reviewed by NALS… the association of legal professionals, and can be applied to the five-year PLS and PP recertification. If you are a Certified Paralegal (CP) through NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, each advanced course is worth 20 hours toward the 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education needed for paralegal recertification.

NALS
Nala Member

Use of the NALA logo indicates membership in NALA and does not indicate an endorsement, approval, or recommendation of any school, education program, or training related to the qualifications for any testing or certifications provided by NALA.

Material Included in Your Interviewing and Investigating Program

Interviewing and Investigating: Essentials Skills for the Paralegal, 8th edition, ISBN: 9781543840209

Blackstone’s Advanced Paralegal Courses include all materials needed: a commercial e-textbook and an accompanying study guide. Your e-book is delivered via VitalSource, one of the most popular and user-friendly e-textbook platforms for higher education. Blackstone’s Online Student Center allows you to easily access your coursework, take exams and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, chat real-time, participate in online discussions, and receive news about Blackstone.

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Available Payment Plans

1. You can choose to pay the $396 tuition in full or;

2. We offer a payment plan with a 100% approval rate for our advanced paralegal courses‚ÄĒyou will pay a $160.00 down payment & 4 monthly payments of $59.00.


 

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Financial Assistance

At Blackstone, we want to see you reach your education and career goals. We firmly believe that continuing education provides the opportunity to improve your lifestyle by increasing your skill set, marketability, chances for promotion, an increase in salary, and in some cases a career transition.  In order to receive the high quality education you deserve, we have put together some options to assist you in choosing how to pay for your Advanced Paralegal Course:

‚óŹ BCI Payment Plans Our all-inclusive online certificate programs offer payment plans with no interest.

‚óŹ State and Local Assistance Blackstone Career Institute is currently an eligible training provider in many states supported by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and an approved vendor with Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in most states. Check with your local Workforce Service or Vocational Rehabilitation office to determine if you qualify for assistance through one of their programs.

‚óŹ Employer Tuition Reimbursement Blackstone is both nationally and regionally accredited which means we qualify for most corporation education reimbursement programs. Check with your company human resources department for information about their tuition reimbursement benefits.

‚óŹ Military Benefits We‚Äôre proud to be on a National list of military friendly schools. If you qualify for Military Benefits please click here to learn more.

 

Each Advanced course is 100% online and self-paced. Students have 6 months to complete their course. Blackstone requires students provide a copy of their High School Diploma or GED. 

 

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 


 

Can these courses be used for continuing education?

Yes, these certificate courses have been designed for the purpose of professional growth, personal enrichment and continuing education. They are approved by our national and regional accreditors, however they are separate from our Pennsylvania licensure. If you are a Certified Paralegal (CP) through NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, each advanced course is worth 20 hours toward the 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education needed for paralegal recertification.

 


 

How much is tuition?

You can choose to pay the $396 tuition in full or; We offer a payment plan with a 100% approval rate for our advanced paralegal courses‚ÄĒyou will pay a $160.00 down payment & 4 monthly payments of $59.00.

 


 

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

 


 

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Monday ‚Äď Friday from 8:30 AM ‚Äď 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online programs anytime, 24/7/365.

 


 

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

 

 

Our Advanced Paralegal Courses are designed for both professional development and to meet the continuing legal education (CLE) needs of practicing paralegals. Each advanced paralegal studies course has been reviewed by NALS - the association of legal professionals, and can be applied to the five-year PLS and PP recertification.

If you are a Certified Paralegal (CP) through NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, each advanced course is worth 20 hours toward the 50 hours of Continuing Legal Education needed for paralegal recertification.

  • Sharpen your paralegal resume with advanced industry-related knowledge in a legal specialty. Additional credentials show initiative and may contribute to your resume standing out to potential law firms.
  • Possible increase in your pay rate. Generally speaking, the more education you gain, the more you qualify for advancement which typically leads to a higher salary.
  • Increase your opportunities for employment. Larger law firms tend to hire paralegals with a specialization, while smaller firms typically hire¬†paralegals with general knowledge.
  • Continuing your education in a specialized area,¬†you are more likely¬†to be considered for a position at any firm. ¬†The more job opportunities you qualify for, the greater your chances for employment.

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