The Paralegal courses are designed to introduce students to legal training, law application and the legal environment, while also examining business, family, and employment law. In addition, courses include the study of business ethics, estate administration, trial preparation, and office administration. Students receive instruction from industry experienced experts in each Paralegal course at Vatterott College – Online.
The Paralegal courses at the Online Division will prepare graduates to work in entry-level positions as a legal assistant or paralegal under the supervision of attorneys engaged in private practices or corporate legal departments. This paralegal training will provide students with fundamental skills in keyboarding, legal research, corporate law, and will build an understanding of trial preparation and procedure.
Courses & Descriptions
This course provides an introduction to legal vocabulary, definitions, pronunciation and usage. Students will learn the history and development of the common language of the domestic legal system.
This course will provide the student with an overview of the structure of the judicial system. The topics covered will include: history of the legal system, the working structure of the government, court procedure and different legal concepts.
This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the law relating to marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship, paternity, support, prenuptial and settlement agreements. Students will draft documents related to family law legal issues and proceedings.
This course will provide students with an understanding of the the substantive criminal law defining common law, statutory crimes and punishments, classification of crimes, state law defining crimes, principles of liability and the limitations of such liability by specific defenses, and basic criminal procedure concepts. It will also provide an analysis of civil procedure; instruction in the preparation of documents for lawsuits covering pre-and post-trial matters; jurisdictional, evidentiary, and admissibility issues.
This course provides a study of the basic principles of the laws surrounding hiring and workers’ compensation. Additionally, employment law concepts concerning eligibility, compensation, medical treatment, payments, death benefits, settlement and vocational rehabilitation will be discussed in the course. The preparation of documents from both the applicant and defense positions will be a focus.
This course provides students the opportunity to understand law-office operations and theories of management, timekeeping and billing, law-office equipment, budgeting, preparation of forms and checklists, docket control, personnel issues and time management.
This course introduces the Legal Research Process to students. It will provide an overview of case analysis and methodology; research and interpretation of statutory and administrative regulations; research procedures in primary, secondary, and non-legal sources; interpreting, use, and proper preparation of legal citations; methods of tracing legal issues chronologically; practice in preparing case briefings.
This course will provide a practical application of litigation methods and procedures. This course covers interviewing and investigative techniques as well as pretrial motions and hearings. The will students learn to use proper methods of organization for effective trial presentation. Additionally, the course includes an introduction to drafting of documents essential to litigation and an explanation of post-trial hearing and procedures.
This course provides an introduction to estate and probate terminology, wills and trusts, probate law and procedures, required orders and notices, estate sales, estate taxes, joint tenancy, judicial determination of death, and disposition of judicial findings. Students will also become familiar with common documentation and forms for an estate planning practice.
This course provides the basic concepts of the law of real property including forms and instruments of ownership, real estate conveyance and financing instruments, foreclosures, easements, basic zoning concepts, and landlord and tenant issues. The student will have a working knowledge of title searches and a thorough understanding of closing procedures.
Study of appropriate format and styles in legal writing; preparation of various legal documents including but not limited to trial and appellate briefings, memorandums, legal opinions, and various procedural document. Students will develop skills such as legal application, analysis, and synthesis skills by identifying and classifying the best sources that apply to legal problems. Students will evaluate the relevance of sources for specific problems and critically evaluate the level of authority of various legal sources.
This special course is designed to offer advanced topics in the legal field. Special subject matter will be announced in advance to students interested in this course. Topics will include: Juvenile Law, Elder Law, Workers Compensation, Immigration Law, Consumer Protection, and Land and Abstract Law.
This course will provide students an overview of the formation, operation, and dissolution of the corporate entity as well as Stockholders rights and remedies as corporate owners will be examined. Corporate documents and corporate formalities will be discussed.
This course will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the competency and knowledge they have developed throughout the program. The student must develop a capstone project proposal, to be approved by the instructor. The proposed project may be a case study, research paper, portfolio of work with written explanation, etc.
This course focuses on the basic physical principles and contemporary issues in the fields of energy and environment, from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewable energy sources. Students will examine the scientific, technological, environmental, economic, health, ethical, and political aspects of energy production and use. Emphasis will be placed on these issues in relationship to society and the individual.
This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical operations and functions as they apply to the workplace. The course starts with a review of numbers, their systems, forms, and operations. It then introduces basic algebraic concepts including solving systems of one and two variables, simplifying equations, and practical applications of basic technical formulas. Also included are basic geometric forms and relationships. The course’s emphasis is on providing students with a practical and useful working knowledge of these concepts for use in the rest of their program as well as on the job.
This course is designed to introduce basic concepts and issues in microeconomics with an emphasis on analyzing and applying economic principles to real-world problems. It enables students to apply economics to their daily lives. Topics to be studied in depth include supply and demand analysis, price-setting, profit, firm behavior, labor market, and consumer choice.
This course is designed to provide a practical overview of principle ethical theories and concepts of human conduct as well as a critical evaluation of these theories and concepts as they apply to problems and decisions in contemporary professional life. Students will learn to apply critical thinking skills, ethical reasoning, and professional codes of conduct to resolve a variety of personal, social, and professional ethics issues.
This course is designed to meet the writing needs of a wide variety of students in the following ways: 1) prepare students who will continue in college to write acceptable college-level expository essays, 2) provide career students with a strong base for technical and business writing, 3) familiarize all students with the kinds of writing skills that will be valuable in their everyday experience, 4) provide students with some awareness of the way language functions and affects their lives. To help reach these goals, the course will focus on the elements of clear writing, well-organized expository essays, the necessary critical thinking that must always precede expository writing, analytical reading, and, when necessary, a review of the principles of grammar.
In the computer concepts course, students will learn basic computer applications and concepts. The workings of the computer and its system are an essential skill in today’s technological society. The course materials place an emphasis on today’s most popular applications that pervade the working network today. Students will learn the workings of the computer so as to be able to use computers in their chosen career.