Descriptions, Instructors, and Course Design
There are nine NALA Campus Courses available currently. Offered on a 24/7 basis, the courses are a great way to pick up much needed continuing education. Course registration fees are $50 for members and $75 for non-members for most courses. The registration fee for the course on Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution is $75 for members; $100 for non-members.
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Therese A. Cannon is the author of the NALA Campus Course on Legal Ethics. Ms. Cannon is the Educational Consultant to the Standing Committee on Legal Assistants of the American Bar Association. Ms. Cannon was a member of the Standing Committee on Legal Assistants and chaired its Approval Commission prior to her appointment as consultant in 1996. She also serves as Educational Standards Consultant to the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California and as the Program Director and a Professor for the Paralegal Studies and Legal Nurse Consultant Programs at San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning. She is the author of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Legal Assistants, now in its third edition, published by Aspen Law & Business (formerly Little, Brown and Company) and has been teaching paralegal ethics for more than 20 years. She is a past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education and served on its board for six years, including a term as president. She is a past member of the Certifying Board of National Association of Legal Assistants. Ms. Cannon is licensed to practice law in California.
Martin A. Frey, Professor Emeritus at The University of Tulsa College of Law. Mr. Frey earned a B.S.M.E. from Northwestern University, a J.D. from Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law, and an LL.M. from George Washington University. He is a member of the Oklahoma and Missouri Bar Associations, a Senior Settlement Judge for the United States Bankruptcy and District Courts for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Master Emeritus in the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag Inn of the American Inns of Court. In addition to teaching at The University of Tulsa, Professor Frey has taught at Drake University, and Texas Tech University. He has also been a visiting professor at Washington University, The University of Maine, The University of Alabama, Wake Forest University, Stetson University and Florida International University. Professor Frey is listed in Who's Who in America as well as in Who's Who in American Law. Professor Frey is a co-author of Frey & Frey, Introduction to the Law of Contracts
(Delmar Cengage Learning 4th ed. 2008), Frey & Swinson, An Introduction to Bankruptcy Law
(Delmar Cengage Learning 6th ed. 2013 ); Frey & Frey, Essentials of Contract Law
(Delmar Publishers, West Legal Studies 2001); Bucholtz, Tatus, & Frey, A Student’s Guide to Law School Competitions
(Carolina Academic Press 2001); and author of Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution
(Delmar Publisher, West Legal Studies 2002). Professor Frey volunteers at the Tulsa Police Department and is assigned to the Financial Crimes Unit.
Virginia Koerselman-Newman, Attorney at Law, of Hemingway, South Carolina, developed the content and is principal author for NALA Campus. Ms. Koerselman, is a sole practitioner with emphasis in business litigation, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops. A graduate of Creighton Law School, she has been an instructor in the paralegal program at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska and has served as the he program director for many years. She is well known as the author of the CP Review Manual and has written, co-authored, and edited many paralegal texts, study guides, and instructor manuals. She is the lead author of the NALA Campus Course, having authored the material for the courses on the American Legal System, Communications, Civil Litigation, Contract Law, Judgment and Analytical Analysis, Legal Research and Real Estate.
NALA Campus self-study courses are designed as a presentation of text and slides and interactive tests. The course text is available in audio format, also. Each course is divided into four modules with 20-25 slides each. In addition, each course offers a pre-test, module tests, and a course test.
The pre-test, available free to all interested in the courses, will give you an idea of the subject matter covered by the course and specific areas which may require a little more of your time when you reach them in the lectures. The pre-test also will provide you with an introduction to the test portion of each course. The tests are designed to provide you with information about your answer selection to assist in the learning process. Pre-test scores are not included in final course test scores. If you would like to take a course pre-test and have not registered on NALA Campus, click here to register and login. Course pre-tests and descriptions may be found under Available Courses. If you have already created a user account, click above on NALA Campus/Login.
The course material is divided into four modules. A module consists of a slide presentation and a test. A slide presentation consists of written and audio text, and a slide showing examples or additional information related to the lecture. There are about 20 slides for each module. Within a slide presentation, you may move through the slides by selecting an arrow for the previous slide or next slide, or select a slide by its number.
Once you have completed the slide presentation of a module, you may work through the module test. Similar to the pre-test, the test consists of multiple choice or true/false questions covering the subject matter of the module. When you complete all questions on a module test, you may view the results. In most instances, the test details will inform you why an answer is correct or incorrect, and will include a link back to a course page in the module for more study and review.
Essay questions may be used occasionally to test your grasp of legal writing and analysis. You will receive a score for the essay and feedback from the course instructor. Your test results will not be available for review until the essay is graded.
When you feel you have mastered the information presented in the modules, select "Course Test" to complete the course. Although you may re-take module tests, when you complete the test for the entire course, the program assumes you have finished the course and you will not be allowed back in the course modules.
A word about the course tests: These tests are designed as a means of reviewing the course material. They are not designed as assessments or measurements and there is a difference. There are trick questions!
Course Information Pages
Each course has a course information page which includes additional study information, information about the course authors, an e-mail link to course authors, and a link to a course message center. This page also includes a link to the Course Evaluation form - a very important form for your use in commenting about the course program and material. The link to the Course Information Page is found in the heading of the Course Modules listings.
The courses are both challenging and entertaining -- there is a lot to learn, even if you have had many years of experience as a legal assistant. Your registration in a course allows you to access the course program for 730 days or until you have completed the course test, whichever occurs first. You may listen to the lectures, review the examples, and work through the module assessments as frequently as you wish. It is estimated that it will take from 12-15 hours to work through an entire course and assessments.