Career Training Programs
Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal Career Training Program teaches you how to do legal research, help prepare legal cases for hearings and trials, and work with legal documents. You will also learn how to perform an initial case analysis, research various legal topics, draft legal documents, and use public records and news sources to compile information using the LexisNexis® Total Research System, including Shepard’s® Citations Service. Work in a law firm, bank, court, government agency, or one of dozens of organizations who are depending more on legal assistants and paralegals today. Graduates of Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal program will have the 900 clock hours of coursework needed to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Graduates of Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal program will meet the accredited business/legal course criteria needed to sit for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) exam given by NALS…the association for legal professionals. Certification provides further assurance of skills and knowledge to employers.
- Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
- Study Method: E-volumes with online study guides and exams
- Program Length: Completion time ranges from 4-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.
After completing the Paralegal Career Training Program, students will be able to:
- Define law and identify basic legal terms.
- Explain legal concepts related to contracts.
- Identify aspects of torts.
- Identify legal cause, negligence, and deceit.
- Demonstrate an understanding of civil and criminal defamation.
- Give the legal definition of property and describe damages.
- Distinguish a crime from a tort and list the three classes of crime.
- Describe larceny and identify the three degrees of larceny.
- Identify legal terms related to real property.
- Identify actions to recover damages in civil suits.
- Identify legal terms related to civil actions.
- Identify legal terms related to criminal procedure.
- Explain the process of criminal procedure.
- Identify and explain legal concepts related to wills.
- Identify and explain legal concepts related to trusts and trustees.
- Explain how partnerships and corporations are formed.
- Discuss the elements of constitutional law.
- Describe how legal research should be conducted.
- Identify effective job-search techniques for paralegals.
- Describe common ethics related to the paralegal profession.
If you want to become a paralegal and enjoy working in a rewarding, respected profession, Blackstone’s accredited paralegal training program can help you achieve your goals. Earning your paralegal certificate can provide the edge you need in your career as well as help you obtain professional certification.
Paralegals, sometimes referred to as legal assistants, are skilled professionals who serve in a variety of capacities in the legal community. They provide valuable services, typically while working under the supervision of lawyers. Paralegals are often responsible for conducting research, drafting legal documents, working with clients, and assisting in trial preparation.
Are there paralegal job opportunities out there? And what about job security?
When you become a paralegal, you’ll benefit from a high level of job security. A steadily increasing need for paralegals in the private sector as well as in various government offices means even when other elements of the economy slow down, the need for paralegals will continue to grow. This is because paralegals can provide many of the same services as lawyers, but at a lower cost.
In recent years, the number of new jobs in the national paralegal market outpaced the growth rate for most other jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates employment for paralegals will grow up to 18% through 2020.
Choosing to become a paralegal opens up a wide range of employment opportunities at private law firms, large corporations, insurance companies, and government agencies. Some paralegals choose to work in community legal aid offices, helping to bring legal services to those who wouldn’t normally have access to such help.
What kind of salary could a paralegal earn?
You can expect to earn an attractive salary when you become a paralegal. According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, top paralegal pay was over $74,870 in 2010, while the middle 50 percent of paralegals earned between $46,680.
When I become a paralegal, where can I work?
Paralegals fill an assortment of positions in almost every locale in law firms and a multitude of other entities. Often, paralegals choose positions based on unique interests and skills, previous work experience, or future goals for specialization and advancement.
When you become a paralegal, you may work in a corporate legal department handling employee benefits and contracts, or performing necessary regulatory research and analysis. Or, you could work for a small law firm and use your knowledge of all aspects of law, or a large law firm where you will specialize in areas such as criminal law or real estate law.
Organizations that employ paralegals include:
- Banks; Savings and Loans
- Construction Companies
- Corporate Legal Departments
- Court Reporting Agencies
- Federal and State Banking Agencies
- Insurance Companies
- Internal Revenue Service
- Law Firms
- Legal Aid Societies
- Municipal, Trial, and Appellate Courts
- Private Investigators
- Sheriff’s Department
- Title Companies
Paralegals also work for federal, state, and local government. Large numbers of paralegals work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
No matter what your interests, the paralegal field—with its unlimited variety of employers, specialties, and positions—likely holds the perfect opportunity for you and your dreams for the future.
Are you ready to become a paralegal and enter a respected profession with a competitive salary, high job security, and rewarding job responsibilities? Get started now with Blackstone’s accredited paralegal training program.
Enroll online or call 1-800-826-9228 to speak with an admissions advisor.
Our accredited online Paralegal Career Training Program provides foundation-level knowledge and skills in general law which prepares you to work in a law firm, bank, court, government agency, or one of dozens of organizations who are depending more on legal assistants/paralegals today. You will acquire entry level skills needed to:
- Assist in contract preparation
- Draft pleadings and motions
- Assist in civil suits
- Prepare will and real estate transactions
- Assist in legal research
- Assist in trial preparation
View Curriculum Details
Volume I: Law – Its Origin, Nature and Development & Contracts
Volume II: Torts
Volume III: Criminal Law
Volume III: Criminal Law
Volume IV: Real Property – Part I
Volume V: Real Property – Part II
Volume VI: Pleadings in Civil Actions, Practice in Civil Actions, Criminal Procedures
Volume VII: Wills and Trusts
Volume VIII: Partnerships & Corporations
Volume IX: Constitutional Law
Volume X: Constitutional Law – Part II
Volume XI: Legal Research and Writing – Part I, by Tracey Biscontini
- Introduction to the Law and the U.S. Legal System
- Primary Sources
- Secondary Sources
- Computer-Assisted Legal Research
- Conducting Legal Research
- Updating and Verifying Legal Research
- Legal Analysis
Graded Assignment: Shepardizing
Effective Legal Research Using LexisNexis®
- Online tutorial
- Individual search assistance available 24 x 7 by LexisNexis® support personnel
- Training Session 1—Introduction to Lexis.com
- Training Session 2—Using Secondary Sources for Initial Case Analysis
- Training Session 3—Researching Statutes and Regulations
- Training Session 4—Case Law Research
- Training Session 5—Cite Checking with Shepard’s® Citation Service
Volume XII: Legal Research and Writing – Part II, by Tracey Biscontini
Volume XIII: How to Find a Job as a Paralegal, by Tracey Biscontini
Graded Assignment: Resumé Graded Assignment: Cover Letter
Volume XIV: Ethics for Paralegals
Start your path to success … Obtain your online paralegal certificate! Once you enroll in the Blackstone Paralegal Training Program, you’ll receive the following paralegal course materials—all included in your tuition:
Blackstone Modern American Law Series
This set of 14 e-volumes will become a valuable lifelong reference. E-Texts average 155 pages, with almost 2,150 pages in all.
Blackstone Law Glossary
This extra e-volume gives a concise definition of legal terms and phrases that the law student is likely to encounter, plus the phonetic pronunciation of words—an invaluable tool when going through the Blackstone course.
Legal Research and Writing – Part 1 Study Unit
This e-volume provides a solid foundation in legal research, covering an introduction to the U.S. legal system; primary and secondary sources; computer-assisted legal research; conducting, updating and verifying legal research; and legal analysis.
Legal Research and Writing – Part 2 Study Unit
Building on the information presented in Part I, this e-volume focuses on the skills paralegals need to perform on-the-job professional legal writing. The e-volume covers the preparation of legal letters, legal research memorandums, trial court legal memorandums, and appellate briefs.
How to Find a Job as a Paralegal Study Unit
This e-volume provides readers with the vital information necessary to begin an exciting career in the legal field. Candidates learn about the various legal work environments and specialty areas for which paralegals are in demand. In addition, the e-volume covers crucial information about starting the job search, guidelines for resumé and cover letter writing, and some rules for having a successful interview. Tips for succeeding on the job are also presented in this unit.
Ethics for Paralegals Study Unit
This e-volume covers the evolution of the paralegal profession; job responsibilities; confidentiality, conduct, and ethics; working as a freelance or independent paralegal; and lifelong learning.
Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center
Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.
LexisNexis® Student Membership
Blackstone Legal Assistant/Paralegal students will receive a four-month membership to LexisNexis®, the premier online research tool of legal professionals. Learn the research skills you’ll need to perform in the workplace!
In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:
Testing Throughout the Course
We support your success with 31 exams (approximately 120 pages in all), and six writing exercises to assist you and the Blackstone staff your understanding of the concepts.
You will receive an official transcript and a Legal Assistant and Paralegal certificate upon successful completion of the entire program. A copy of your transcript will also be on permanent file with Blackstone and is available for a nominal fee.
Ample Time to Complete Your Online Course
You have up to one year to complete the Blackstone Legal Assistant and Paralegal Program and earn your Paralegal Certificate. Take charge of your paralegal training!
Your mailed or e-mailed assignments will be individually graded by Blackstone’s team of qualified instructors. When you submit your exams through the Online Student Center, you will receive an electronic Grade Report instantly.
Your success is important to us! Any time you need assistance, please contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or problems you encounter with the course materials or exams.
Your tuition cost covers your entire program, including all e-volumes, e-study guides, exam evaluation services, access to the Online Student Center, LexisNexis® Student Membership, and your certificate upon graduation.
Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include Military Tuition Assistance, Military Spouse MyCAA and GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans. BCI also offers its own payment plans, which are interest-free.
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