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LSU Alexandria Accepting Registration for Weekend Paralegal Program

Released: 10/22/2003

LSU Alexandria Continuing Education is now accepting registrations for the six-weekend Paralegal Certificate Course that begins in January 2004. The program was first offered this fall and filled quickly, so interested potential students should register early. The LSU Alexandria Paralegal Certificate program is being offered in conjunction with The Center for Legal Studies and will be taught by LSU Alexandria faculty. <p> Based on input from the LSU Alexandria Paralegal Advisory Committee, LSU Alexandria Continuing Education worked with The Center for Legal Studies to develop this comprehensive, 84-hour program designed to be affordable and convenient. </p><p> “This intensive program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers,” said Lafe Jones, director of LSU Alexandria Continuing Education. “Students will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for classroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand.” </p><p> The course fee is $989 per person with the cost of textbooks approximately $250. The course will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 18, 31, Feb. 1, 21, 22, March 6, 7 20, 21 and April 17 and 18. Pre-registration, which includes payment of fees, is required. </p><p>

There are no prerequisites, but students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each weekend session. This program will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable skills. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from LSU Alexandria Continuing Education. Students must pass 6 exams and successfully complete required legal document writing assignments to receive a Certificate of Completion.</p><p>

Attorney and LSU Alexandria faculty member, Steven C. Palmer, will teach the course. Palmer has 20 years experience as a practicing attorney and is currently an assistant professor of business law and paralegal studies. </p><p> LSU Alexandria will no longer be offering the paralegal associate degree program as the university focuses on four-year degree programming. This certificate program provides paralegal students a convenient and affordable alternative to an associate degree, while still providing the quality and quantity of instruction needed to be a successful paralegal. </p><p> The Center for Legal Studies has offered the Paralegal Certificate Course© since 1980, and there are currently 350 colleges and universities that offer the course on either a "live lecture" or online basis. </p><p> Class space is limited. Anyone interested in registering should contact LSU Alexandria Continuing Education at (318) 473-6495 or send an email request to learn@lsua.edu. </p>