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  • Paralegal Certificate Course
    Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course
    Legal Secretary Certificate Course
    Software Essentials for the Law Office Certificate Course
    Legal Investigation Certificate Course
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course
    Victim Advocacy Certificate Course
    Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course
    Personal Injury Law for Paralegals Certificate Course
    LSAT Preparation
    Law School Preparation Course
    Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course
    Intellectual Property Law for Engineers Certificate Course

    Paralegal Certificate Course
    The online Paralegal Certificate Course© provides comprehensive training in preparation of working in the challenging and rapidly growing paralegal profession. This program is designed for those who want to learn more about the American legal system, work in a law office as a paralegal, open a freelance paralegal business, litigate their own cases on a pro se basis, assist retained attorneys in litigating their own cases, or prepare themselves to excel during their first year of law school. 

    Paralegal I: Provides the foundation for the study of paralegalism. During this part of the course, we will provide a detailed understanding of the American legal system, legal terminology, and ethics. Instruction will include how to prepare pleadings, discovery, motions, and briefs and will
    review the rules of evidence and civil procedure.

    Paralegal II: Continues the legal education developed in Paralegal I. This part of the course provides instruction on more advanced paralegal skills including legal research, writing, and proper citation format. Course topics also include how to prepare important legal documents relating to real property, corporations, partnerships, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, and domestic relations. Formal and informal advocacy techniques and principles of appellate procedure will also be covered.

    To receive a Certificate of Completion, students must pass numerous quizzes and successfully complete several legal document writing assignments.

    This course is completed in 2 consecutive 7-week sessions (both sessions are included in the $1,189 tuition amount). Students who successfully complete both Paralegal I & II will be awarded a Certificate of Completion
    from New Jersey City University.
    Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course
    The Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course picks up where the Paralegal Certificate Course© left off. These substantive law classes provide students with more in-depth coverage of specific topics of law. Each topic is completed in one 7-week online session, and students can take up to 3 topics per session. Students may take as many or as few topics as they choose, however, a certificate is only issued when 6 topics are completed.

    These topics are:
    Advanced Legal Research
    Victim Advocacy
    Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
    Criminal Law
    Bankruptcy Law
    Family Law
    Mediation and Other Forms of ADR
    Estate Planning
    Business Law and Practices
    Water Law
    Immigration Law
    Education Law
    Criminal Procedure
    Intellectual Property
    Real Property Law

    There are no certificates issued for individual Advanced topics. Students who successfully complete six Advanced topics will receive a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University.

    Prerequisite: The Paralegal Certificate Course©, or at least 1 year of legal experience.
    Legal Secretary Certificate Course
    This course will provide those interested in a career change with new, marketable job skills and help those already working as legal secretaries to increase efficiency and productivity in their offices.
    This course is completed in one 7-week online session. Those who successfully complete this non-credit program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University.

    Topics of Study:
    Introduction to the theory of law, the legal process, and the nature of the practice of law. Discussion will include the process of law as well as the specific legal terminology. Legal ethics are also covered. Particulars of law office management and technology in the law office. Students will prepare legal correspondence, draft court documents, open
    client files, conduct conflict checks, track and enter task times, calculate dates, process calendar and docket entries and prepare billing statements.

    Software Essentials for the Law Office Certificate Course
    This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Course topics include: computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery, and trial presentation and graphics software. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University. 

    Topics of Study:
    Hands on exercises will prepare students to work with popular programs such as MS PowerPoint, Practice Master’s Tabs 3, AbacusLaw, Summation iBlaze, Trial Director and LexisNexis Casemap & TimeMap, as well as understand the common functions and purposes of similar programs. Common billing procedures and payment agreements, accurate time tracking, proper calendar and docketing procedures as well as the processes involved in electronic discovery will be addressed through a variety of exercises. In addition, students will be presented with real-life scenarios and asked to identify and examine ethical issues raised by the use of technology in a legal practice.
     Legal Investigation Certificate Course
    This course is designed to teach legal investigation skills to those interested in pursuing a new career, and those presently working in the legal field. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies and private businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies, in the process of civil and criminal investigation. Students will also be taught how to create a freelance investigation business. This course is completed in one 7-week online session. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a
    Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University.

    Topics of Study:
    Introduction to our legal system, legal and ethical considerations for the investigator, law of agency and coverage of rules of court and evidence.

    General interviewing and investigation techniques, sources of leads and information, fact analysis, taking witness statements, forensic photography, proper service of legal process, and surveillance.

    Personal injury investigation techniques, traffic accident reconstruction, premises accidents, employment accidents, government investigation, document analysis and control, financial and equity analysis, testimony, and relevant case studies.
     Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course
    This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options, and takes the mystery out of settlement processes.
    This course is completed in one 7-week online session. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University.

    Topics of Study:
    Introduction, History and Origin of ADR-Mediation
    Techniques for ADR: The Mediation Process & Role of the Mediator Business Disputes, Settlement Issues in the Business Sector, Employment Disputes and Employer/Employee Relationships.

    Victim Advocacy Certificate Course
    This intensive program is designed to train and qualify students to provide 
    assistance to crime victims, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
    Participants will be prepared to work with state and county governments
    as advocates for crime victims, assisting them in progressing through the
    criminal justice system and toward successful recovery.

    This course is completed in one 7-week online session. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will receive a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University.

    Topics of Study:
    Legal terminology and the legal process, theories of victimization, effects of crime on victims, guidelines for responding to victims of crime and trauma, and crime victim statutes.

    Crisis theories, the role of the crisis interventionist, how to respond to crisis situations, understand the actual nature of the crisis, assess the victim’s situation, and implement effective listening skills to determine the best support system for the victim.

    Facts and myths regarding domestic violence, crimes against children, sexual assault, and related crimes. Discussions will include restraining orders, basic police procedures, guidelines for assisting those dealing with the death of
    a loved one, and the role of the victim advocate. Job search strategies and placement possibilities will also be discussed.
    This exciting course is designed to teach advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to
    formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as time-saving devices in legal research and legal writing.This course is completed in one 7-week online session. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a certificate of completion from New Jersey City University.

     Prerequisite: Completion of the Paralegal Certificate Course© or the equivalentor 1 year law office experience. 

    Topics of Study:
    • How to conduct manual legal research
    • How to conduct electronic legal research
    • How to find, interpret and use various types of legal authorities
    • How to shepardize legal authorities
    • How to write a legal analysis
    • How to draft a Memorandum of Law
    • How to brief case options
    • How to engage in various types of legal writing
     Personal Injury for Paralegals Certificate Course
    With this exciting, fast-paced class you will learn many of the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents. We will review the negligence theory of torts upon which many personal injury claims are based. Students will discuss interviewing,
    investigating and other case building techniques vital to a personal injury paralegal’s success in the law office.
    Class discussions and lesson material will include the different kinds of personal injury claims including (but not limited to): car accidents, slip and falls, medical negligence/malpractice, manufacturer product defects,and class-action lawsuits. Discover the basic categories of damages recovery, statutes of limitations, and schemes for liability.

    Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University.

    Course Objectives:
    • Interview clients with a narrative of the injury
    • Review medical records and nurses’ notes
    • Prepare summaries of depositions
    • Interview medical witnesses
    • Observe and identify possible areas of negligence
    • Keep and organize a trial notebook
    • Understand the concept of products liability
    • Be familiar with the concept of duty toward the victim
    • Distinguish personal injury from torts to property or reputation
    • Distinguish private torts from governmental torts under the Federal
    • Torts Claims Act
     LSAT Preparation
    Applying to law school means taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Our course prepares students to perform well on all three question types on the LSAT: reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical reasoning. Students will also practice on
    actual LSAT exams from previous years, and specific time saving techniques will also be covered. This course is attorney taught and includes a discussion of law school admission and survival techniques.

     Law School Preparation Course
    An intensive workshop for those desiring to excel, and not merely survive, in their first year of law school. This course’s objective is to teach a proven approach for attacking the casebook method of instruction so that a dedicated student can maximize his or her study time and grades even before the first day of law school. Enjoy this course in the privacy of your home by taking the online format. Sessions begin every eight weeks and include materials and first year course outlines.  
     Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course
    This program provides medical professionals with the opportunity to train for a career in the legal field as legal nurse
    consultants. Building on your medical education and possible clinical experience, this course prepares participants to advise
    law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and
    to testify in court as expert witnesses. The course teaches legal concepts related to the health care industry, as well as the role a legal nurse consultant might play in litigation areas such as medical malpractice, toxic torts, products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, criminal law, and workers’ compensation.

    Any RN or other medical professional interested in entering the legal field can benefit from the education provided by this
    course. The course is also open to anyone interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues, and participants with a RN background and 2000 hours of recent legal nurse consulting experience may be eligible to take the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) exam after graduation. LNCC is a discretionary exam separate from this training course that experienced registered nurses graduating from this class may decide to sit for. LNCC test eligibility requirements are discussed during this training course; however, graduates of this course need not take the LNCC in order to practice as legal nurse consultants. The curriculum of this course is designed to comply with the educational guidelines specified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC). Students will receive 42 hours of instruction and will be required to prepare assignments and pass weekly quizzes. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from New Jersey City University, and a certificate of contact hours from The Center for Legal Studies.

     Intellectual Property Law for Engineers Certificate Course
    All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally-based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention, and its creator, are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. This in-depth course will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution, the law of infringement, and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents).

    We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

    Although the course mostly focuses on patent law, we also cover copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods. We will give you a survey of the rights of creative and ingenious people and provide you with the information to protect yourself and your ideas in Intellectual Property matters.

    Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion from New Jersey City University.
  • 2014 Online Sessions:
    Fall Session I: August 25 - October 10, 2014
    Fall Session II: October 20 - December 5, 2014

    2015 Online Sessions:
    Spring Session I: January 12 - February 27, 2015
    Spring Session II: March 9 - April 24, 2015
    Summer Session I: May 4 - June 19, 2015
    Summer Session II: June 29 - August 14, 2015