Paralegal Studies

UPDATE: March 27, 2020

Regrettably, all Continuing Education programs with the exception of Paralegal Studies, Human Resources Management and the Certificate in Financial Planning are suspended as we implement measures to protect students, faculty and families from unnecessary risks due to the Corona virus outbreak. We hope you understand that safety is our utmost concern in these unprecedented times. For more information, please contact ceinfo@fdu.edu.

 

Paralegal Studies Certificate

FDU’s 300-clock hour, American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies Certificate Program provides training in the practical aspects of the law. It is a non-credit, certificate program that prepares students for a smooth transition from the classroom to the office — at law firms, corporate legal departments, banks, insurance companies, and government agencies, among others. The program is taught by experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary who specialize in the area of law which they are teaching. Many faculty members are associated with some of the leading law firms and corporations in the region. The program is designed for individuals who are:

  • interested in the legal profession and the challenges it offers
  • seeking additional training for a career change or job promotion
  • considering law school, but uncertain about the time and money it requires
  • ready to return to the work force and obtain a position in a high-demand field

Admissions requirements

  • Application – Apply Online to waive the $25 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree, or the equivalent of 60 semester credits from an accredited college or university. Exceptions to this policy may be made on a very limited basis, taking into consideration such factors as work experience and commitment to the legal field. from an accredited college or university
  • A 100-200 word essay explaining why you are interested in enrolling in the program
  • Official college transcript(s)
  • If you have less than 60 semester credits, you must also submit a chronological resume detailing all work experience in addition to the above. You will be notified regarding acceptance at our earliest possible opportunity. It is not uncommon to be contacted close to the start date.
  • If you have a degree from a foreign country, you must have your transcript evaluated professionally and successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam with a certain score. For more information on the TOEFL exam, please visit: www.ets.org

Program Curriculum

  • Civil Litigation

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: prepare summonses, complaints and other pleadings; participate in motion practice; digest transcripts of depositions; summarize trial testimony; index documents and exhibits; act as librarian for trial documents and prepare exhibits for trial. The course introduces basic tort and contract law, together with certain jurisdictional considerations.

  • Criminal Law

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: assist the attorney in client interviews; draft pretrial motions, assist in conducting discovery, assist in trial preparation and draft post-conviction pleadings.

  • Family Law (Includes exposure to Family Software-Divorce Financials, CIS)

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: interview a matrimonial client; draft a summons and complaint; draft and answer interrogatories; organize and digest information obtained through discovery; assist the attorney in preparing for depositions; assist the attorney in trial preparation; draft settlement agreements; participate in motion practice, and draft final judgments.

  • Legal Research and Writing (Includes exposure to WestlawNext and Lexis/Nexis Academic)

The graduate will become familiar with the American legal system, including the courts and the legislature; judicial reports (including federal and state reports); constitutions, statutes and ordinances; basic citation forms, case finding techniques in digest, encyclopedias, annotated law reports; other secondary research tools, including Shepard’s Citations; miscellaneous research aids and non-legal research aids; case analysis and briefing; memorandum format and writing; legal brief writing and use of computerized legal research.

  • Ethics

The graduate will be able to avoid the unintentional violation of the ethical duties placed directly on attorneys and indirectly on paralegals. The graduate will have a working knowledge of the applicable disciplinary rules and ethics opinions to be able to function ethically under an attorney’s supervision.

  • Corporate Law

Graduates learn the distinguishing legal attributes of various types of business organizations including the sole proprietorship, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporate forms. Under the supervision of an attorney, students should be able to evaluate when and how each form of business might be advisable for particular clients; identify and evaluate the obligations, responsibilities and potential liability of business owners and management; and perform fundamental tasks necessary for the formation, legal maintenance, regulatory compliance and dissolution of various types of business entities.

  • Real Estate and Mortgages

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: draft deeds, contracts of sale and leases; prepare closing statements utilizing appropriate formulae and complete a HUD-RESPA form; assemble evidence for quiet title and foreclosure actions; deal with title guaranty representatives regarding title search and the “abstract”, and draft mortgages and deeds of trust.

  • Estates, Trusts, and Wills

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: assist in preparation of documents associated with estate planning; participate in the collection of assets, valuation of assets and maintenance of records; draft wills and trusts for review; complete federal and state tax returns; prepare court forms from account records; draft periodic statements for estates, trusts and individuals.

  • One Legal Specialty Course

Students are assigned one legal specialty course as part of the Program. Students may choose to register for a different legal specialty course outside of the one assigned, space-permitting, for a $75 registration fee. Students may choose to take an additional legal specialty course, space-permitting, at an additional charge of $512 plus a $75 registration fee, which must be paid in full before the start of the course. No discounts apply to the cost of the legal specialty course. Specialty courses are Advanced Contracts, Law Office Management for Paralegals and NALA Test Prep.

Legal Specialty Courses

For more information on all of our courses, please email ceinfo@fdu.edu

Administrative Law
(Special Education Law)
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course presents basic concepts of administrative law and procedure in federal and state agencies, with emphasis on the paralegal’s role in the administrative process. Paralegal students will learn both formal and informal advocacy techniques, including representing clients before administrative bodies. Substantive topics will include administrative delegation of power, rule making, agency discretionary powers, remedies, and judicial review. Procedural topics include agency operation, adjudication, hearing preparation, and administrative and judicial appeals.

Advanced Contracts
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course presents an overview of contract law with emphasis on the legal sources of law (common law and Uniform Commercial Code) with respect to contract formation and interpretation. The student will be introduced to tasks such as drafting contract provisions and interpreting the potential rights and liabilities of the client.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the various types of alternative and dispute resolution programs that are being used by the courts and parties independent of court mandated programs, including mediation and arbitration. Furthermore, students are provided with a working knowledge of the rules, ethical considerations and other procedural issues that arise in dispute resolution arenas.

Bankruptcy Law (Includes exposure to Best Case® Bankruptcy Software)

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: assist in the preparation of documents associated with bankruptcy, including petitions for voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy, case management, marshalling assets, preparing for reorganization; draft creditors’ meetings minutes, proofs of claim and final orders.

Elder Care Law
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course provides an introduction to the legal issues effecting the elder population with an emphasis on Federal and State of New Jersey law. An overview of issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care, Power of Attorney, Guardianships, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and Viatical Settlements will be covered.

Employment Law
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

An overview of the legal framework governing employer-employee relations will be explored. Topics such as Employment Contracts, Wrongful Discharge, Work Place Torts, and Unemployment Compensation will be explored.

Environmental Law
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: prepare environmental complaints and other pleadings, work with environmental consultants and experts, maintain environmental files, and assist as a librarian at trial of environmental cases.

Federal Practice and Procedure (Includes exposure to Federal E-Filing-PACER)
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course presents an overview that enables a graduate, under the supervision of an attorney, to understand the process and procedure necessary to adjudicate a dispute in the Federal District Court system between parties arising from a private injury utilizing the rules and regulations contained in the Federal Rules of Procedure.

Franchise Law
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the regulatory aspects of franchising. Franchising is a highly regulated and complex area of law requiring legal professionals to tread cautiously in counseling clients and prospective franchisees to become educated to make informed decisions before embarking into a franchise relationship. This course will provide insight into what constitutes a franchise, the benefits of a franchise business model, legal protections afforded to franchisees and the considerations a franchisor must make in the implementation and maintenance of a franchise system. The student will be introduced to the regulatory process from the perspective of a franchisor and be asked to perform paralegal level functions necessary to assist in the registration of a Franchise Disclosure Document.

Immigration Law
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

The course provides an overview of immigration law, including family visa petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, VAWA, relationship of immigration and matrimonial/criminal law, issues in criminal immigration, immigration court practice, employment and labor based visas, and naturalization. Practical exercises include preparation of basic immigration forms including affidavit of support, Alien Labor Certification, H1-B, and L-1. Basic explanation of refugee and asylum law; parole power of President, special legislation, e.g., TPS, NACARA.

Intellectual Property
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course presents an overview of the patents, trademarks and copyright law. Intellectual property law focuses on the marketplace activities of producing new products and services, thereby creating new intellectual property rights to be protected. The student will be introduced to tasks such as searching to determine whether a proposed trademark is available for use and registration or to determine who is record owner of a patent or trademark or copyright registration.

Landlord/Tenant Practice
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

An overview of New Jersey landlord/tenant law as it pertains to residential tenancies. Topics covered will include the creation and termination of a tenancy, grounds for eviction, the eviction process, housing discrimination, rent control and subsidized housing programs. “Hot Topics” that will be covered include the rights of a tenant when the property is in foreclosure, the distinction between a pet and a service animal and bed bugs.

NJ Land Use Practice
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

The paralegal, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to prepare land use applications to the various New Jersey Municipal Land Use Boards and understand the various statutory requirements necessary to bring an application for land use development approvals. The paralegal will obtain an understanding of the organization, jurisdiction and function of the Municipal Land Use Agencies, be able to prepare municipal land use applications and hearing documents, in addition to becoming familiar with the various forms used for relief and the appeal process.

NY Practice and Procedure
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This courses presents an overview that enables a graduate, under the supervision of an attorney, to understand the process and procedure necessary to adjudicate a dispute in the NY State Court system between parties utilizing the rules and regulations contained in the New York Practice Law and Rules (CPLR).

Torts (Personal Injury)
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course presents an overview of the elements of torts and the defenses asserted to intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability torts. The student will be introduced to the legal analysis used in tort law and evaluating the evidentiary material and learn what the paralegal’s role is in relation to tort litigation with an emphasis in pleading and discovery practice.

Workers’ Compensation
(Dates and Locations to be Announced)

This course covers the procedures and statutory method of providing benefits to an employee (or employee’s dependent) who suffers a personal injury or death by accident or occupational disease arising out of or in the courses of employment. The course presents an overview of the no-fault concept in New Jersey, limited discovery, hearing procedures and defenses available to employers.

Tuition and fees

  • $25 application fee (waived with the Online Application)
  • Upon acceptance, $75 registration fee
  • $5,695 Tuition (Subject to University Tuition Rate Increases)
Spring 2020 Schedule
Contact Information
ceinfo@fdu.edu