|Course Title:||Paralegal Internship|
|Course Number:||PA 2289|
|Credits:||2 semester credits
(Students may take an additional 1 or 2 credits of Paralegal Internship if the student desires.)
|Prerequisites:||Written permission of the Paralegal Program Director one semester in advance. Students must complete PA 2220 – Legal Research (Minimum grade: 1.67 GPA Equivalent).|
|Recommendations:||It is strongly recommended that students take most, if not all, of the paralegal coursework before taking the internship. Students must have completed (PA 2220) Legal Research and received a “C” or better, and should take (PA 2222) Legal Writing or should take Legal Writing at the same time as the Internship.|
|Catalog Description:||Gives the pre-service student practical work experience in the paralegal area. Provides the student with the opportunity to develop skills and abilities to understand law office’s operation, apply the law and legal procedures, conduct legal research, write letters and memorandums, draft documents, contact clients or individuals, and maintain confidentiality and professional ethics.|
|Course Objectives/ Learning Outcomes:||Students will be able to:
|Topics Covered:||Participate in 180 hours (2 credits) of paralegal work experience in a supervised legal environment. The student has the opportunity to develop skills and abilities to understand the law office’s operations, conduct legal research and writing, draft documents, contact clients or individuals, learn legal and/or court functions and procedures, and observe legal transactions or cases, and maintain confidentiality and professional ethics.
Also, students will conduct resume and cover letter writing, site preparation, conference call visits, student presentations, use of technology, and participate in interviewing, networking and job search sessions.
|Course Focus:||The internship is designed to help the paralegal student to apply what the student has learned in the classroom to a real-life paralegal job setting.|
Grading of assignments and portfolio may include completion and timeliness. The final grade will be a full letter grade (A-F).