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Alternative Dispute Resolution - Basic

Alternative Dispute Resolution gives you an overview of the broad array of methods or processes that are used to resolve disputes, their attributes, and how these individual methods are integrated into a dispute resolution strategy. The four course modules are organized as follows:

American Legal System

The American Legal System provides course participants with a general overview of the system of law in the United States. Through a series of 4 modules, students will work through text and questions covering the following modules:

Business Organizations: Incorporated Entities

This course covers both general concepts and specific techniques used in corporate law, from incorporation to merger or dissolution. The course reviews: Agency law Business structures The Business Organizations Incorporated Entities APC course relies on student participation through scenarios, case studies, and internet research. Upon completion of the course, paralegals will have completed exercises involving:

Business Organizations: Noncorporate Entities

This course presents essential concepts related to the historical development, governing law, formation, operation, taxation, and advantages and disadvantages of nonincorporated business entities. In this course, you will learn the essential concepts of noncorporate business organizations. You’ll examine the unique features of each type of organization and prepare a practical reference chart. Building on what you’ve learned, you’ll research business processes from selection and formation to taxation, dissolution, and dissociation.

California Advanced Specialization in Discovery

Become a California Advanced Specialist (CAS™) in Discovery by participating in the CAS program.  This course highlights differences between Federal and California discovery laws and procedures. Whether you have one year or ten years of experience, professional certification can help you advance your career. You are more valuable to your employer or a potential employer if you have more than the basic paralegal certificate. Earn the CAS™ in CA Discovery and move your career foward.   Paralegal awarded CAS™ in Discovery upon successful completion.

Civil Litigation

Every paralegal must be aware of the fundamentals of litigation to be effective in his or her position. This course covers the litigation process from pleadings to discovery, trial, post-trial and appeal. Knowledge on the American Legal System is recommended as a prerequisite for those who have little experience in litigation. Upon completion of this course, participants should be familiar with the civil procedure and the system within which it operates.

Commercial Bankruptcy

This course provides an in-depth analysis of commercial bankruptcy cases under Chapters 7 and 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The course focuses on bankruptcies of business debtors as opposed to consumer debtors. In commercial bankruptcy cases, Chapter 7 provides for debt relief and liquidation of the enterprise’s assets, while Chapter 11 gives a business protection from creditors and an opportunity to develop a plan of reorganization to pay its debts and continue in business.

Contract Law

Contract Law is a review of the essential rules of contract law. This includes creating a contract, rights and duties of parties and nonparties, contract performance, discharge; breach; and remedies for breach. References to statutes and the Uniform Commercial Code for the sale of goods are discussed throughout the four modules. The course is designed to provide useful tools and techniques to master or refresh one’s understanding of the principles and practical concepts of contract law which a legal assistant will likely encounter. The modules are organized as follows:

Criminal Litigation

The Criminal Litigation course explores the intricacies of criminal law and procedure.  Issues addressed in the course range from search and arrest, through the criminal process, to appeal. As a paralegal working with either a prosecutor's office or a defense attorney's office, you are likely to encounter issues involving criminal law, therefore the course examines these issues from both perspectives. Paralegals can assist attorneys in many ways throughout the duration of a criminal case. After completing this Criminal Litigation course, a paralegal will have knowledge to assist:


Discovery is the investigative stage of a case that is conducted prior to the trial. It provides parties with opportunities to verify their understanding of the facts of the case, to find out what witnesses know about the dispute, and to explore the other side’s legal theories. Well-conducted discovery allows parties to clarify the issues for trial, anticipate the opponent’s strategies, and accurately evaluate the likelihood of success at trial. Paralegals have significant responsibility for discovery. Paralegals working in this area should be able to: