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New Section:
September 11, 2014 - May 2015 (Please see the notes below)

CEUs:
Indivivdual Course: 1 CEU
Total Certificate: 10 CEUs

Price:
Individual Course: $295
Total Certificate: $2,950

Location:
Onsite classroom numbers are listed in the Program Schedule section and Online live streaming links to be provided in the follow up email from the Program Manager.

Notes:
This certificate is available for continuing education units (CEUs) and is not available for academic credit.

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Online Certificate: Master Certificate in Paralegal Studies

 

Current Session:
September 11, 2014 - May 2015

The Master Certificate in Paralegal Studies introduces and acclimates students to the world of law and the manner in which the law and the American justice system operates for paralegals. This program includes various substantive and procedural areas of law in relation to the paralegal field, as well as how to apply sound moral perspective. Students will learn how to apply the subject matter in legal analysis, research, writing, investigation and interviewing. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the paralegal in the law office.

Certificate Available | 10 CEUs

Certificate Program:

The Regent University Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Master Certificate in Paralegal Studies Program  is designed to introduce and to acclimate the student to the world of law and the manner in which the law and the American justice system operates for paralegals from a sound moral perspective. The certification program introduces the student to basic points of various substantive and procedural areas of law for paralegals that will be studied in greater detail as the student progresses through the mandatory (6) six core courses and (4) electives of their choice.  You will learn the various sources of law, their importance and hierarchy, and the manner in which they should be applied in the legal analysis / research / writing / investigation and interviewing. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the paralegal in the law office. 

This cost effective  paralegal studies program will help prepare students for challenging legal fields, such as:  Legal Assistant, Claims Adjuster, Law Clerk, Occupational Health/Safety Specialist and Title Examiner or Researcher. 

 You will graduate with a  Master’s  Paralegal Certificate (not a Master’s Degree) based on your successful completion of not only all seven core curriculum classes but your choice of three  additional specialty courses as well.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • The fundamental knowledge of legal terminology

  • Legal procedures and substantive law

  • Drafting of legal documents and research.

Who Should Attend:

College Graduates with Associates Degrees and BA/BS degrees, the unemployed or the underemployed, career changers, the military, all of CBN/Regent/OB, OP, area churches, etc.

Certification Requirements:

Student must attend, successfully complete all assignments/projects/reading, etc. and show competency in all six (6) core curriculum courses and (4) elective courses. Core curriculum courses are Foundation of Law for Paralegals, Investigation for Paralegals, Interviewing for Paralegals, Legal Research & Writing, Ethics and the Law and Office Management. Students may choose four electives to complete their certification. To receive a certificate of completion, a student must “Successfully Complete” the requirements of each course as determined by the Instructor. Student must also submit a completed program evaluation to receive certificate.

Program Prerequisites: A College Associates or Bachelors Degree

Program Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the program you will have learned (1) the fundamental knowledge of legal terminology, (2) legal procedurals and substantive law and (3) drafting of legal documents and research.

This Certificate Includes These Courses and Learning Outcomes:

  • CPC171 (Core Course) - Foundations of Law
  • This course will provide an overview of the foundation of law and the judiciary in America’s court systems. The course will provide the background to the creation and interpretation philosophy surrounding the law. The course will discuss the different levels of jurisdiction and specific differences between state and federal courts. The course will discuss how politics, philosophy and the biblical viewpoints help mold our understanding of the “rule of law” in America.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. To explore the “rule of law” and that “no one is above the law” and the biblical concept of man being subject to the governing authorities (Romans 13).

    2. To be able to understand the foundations of the legal system starting from the Constitution to the various levels of local, state and federal laws.

    3. To understand the procedural differences between federal and state level courts.

    4. To understand the judicial philosophy, politics and policy and how those philosophies affect the interpretation of the Constitution and the laws.

  • CPC172 (Core Course) - Interviewing and Investigating Part 1: Litigation, Discovery and the Rules of Evidence
  • Civil jurisprudence and investigative techniques will be studied in this class. This course covers material from organizational tools, public sources of information, the Freedom of Information Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence, to post judgment investigations. Practical, on-the-job training data is offered along with examples of real life situations, case studies and how to handle the problems and demands of paralegal. You will learn how to plan interviews for both clients and witnesses and how to plan and conduct investigations.

    NOTE: You are required to buy the following textbook for this course | Interviewing and Investigating: Essential Skills for the Legal Professional, Fourth Edition, by Stephen P. Parsons, ISBN 978-1-4548-1813-7. Go to the Following Website to make the purchase: http://www.aspenparalegaled.com/books/parsonsintinv5e/default.asp

    Please have a copy of the textbook in your possession prior to the start of the class.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Students will learn to combine an understanding of basic legal principles with an ethical approach to investigations. Emphasis is placed on the use of public resources for various types of investigations, which students encounter in actual practice after graduation. Know Federal, State and Local regulations governing rules of evidence.

    2. Know effective interviewing techniques that achieve successful and meaningful results.

    3. Learn how to prepare for an interview and what skills are necessary.

    4. Create an investigation plan

    5. Process the variety of sources you can use to locate witnesses or information

    6. Know the rules that govern the types of evidence admissible in a court of law

    7. Summarize investigation and interview results

  • CPC173 (Core Course) - Office Management, Professional Etiquette and Effective Communication
  • This course will provide an overview of clerical and management skills specific to a law firm and the various regulations within the legal profession for both attorneys and staff. This course will give perspective on the law firm as a business with regards to fee arrangements, time tracking, billing, basic accounting, handling client funds, and records management. The course will discuss proper etiquette for social events, marketing and how to help the firm attract and retain clients. The course will discuss how the paralegal can properly manage time to help manage stress and various tasks.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. To effectively communicate with clients, attorneys, and fellow staff about work and in what settings confidentiality and protecting the client’s information is imperative.

    2. To be able to understand and adapt to most accounting, billing, and records management systems.

    3. To be able to spot issues concerning conflicts of interests, confidentiality, and filing deadlines for the firm.

    4. To effectively conduct oneself and manage time effectively to limit stress for the paralegal and be an asset to any law firm’s team.

  • CPC174 (Core Course) - Interviewing and Investigating Part 2: Working with Clients, Witnesses and Information
  • Civil jurisprudence and investigative techniques will be studied in this class.  This course covers material from organizational tools, public sources of information, the Freedom of Information Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, to post judgment investigations. Practical, on-the-job training data is offered along with examples of real life situations, case studies and how to handle the problems and demands of paralegal.  You will learn how to plan interviews for both clients and witnesses and how to plan and conduct investigations.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Understand Federal, State and Local regulations governing rules of evidence
    2. Learn effective interviewing techniques that achieve successful and meaningful results.
    3. Prepare for an interview and what skills are necessary
    4. Create an investigation plan
    5. Know the variety of sources you can use to locate witnesses or information
    6. Grasp the rules that govern the types of evidence admissible in a court of law
    7. Summarize investigation and interview results
  • CPC175 (Core Course) - Legal Research & Writing
  • Students will learn to write a variety of basic legal documents, such as an analysis of case law, a complaint to initiate a lawsuit, and a legal memorandum presenting an argument to a court. This course will cover how to research and write legal briefs, what should be included, what should be excluded, what terminology and language to use, etc. Students learn the function and utility of litigation support software learn to generate legal documents and learn to conduct computer aided legal research using the resources of the Internet. This course offers an overview of how to perform legal research. This instruction introduces the student to the use and availability of online law libraries as well as other resources and research tools, so that the student acquires the basic legal research skills. Students learn the function and utility of litigation support software learn to generate legal documents and learn to conduct computer aided legal research using the resources of the Internet.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. You will learn how to do an analysis of case law.
    2. You will learn to create a complaint to initiate a lawsuit.
    3. You will learn to write a legal memorandum presenting an argument to the court.
    4. You will learn how to use online law libraries.
    5. You will learn other legal resources and research tools.
  • CPC176 (Core Course) - Law and Ethics
  • This course is designed to introduce and to acclimate the student to the world of law and the manner in which the law and the American justice system operate. We will review the structure and operation of the American government and the state and federal justice systems. The course introduces the student to basic points of various substantive and procedural areas of law that will be studied in greater detail as the student progresses through the curriculum. It includes a discussion of the various sources of law, their importance and hierarchy, and the manner in which they should be applied in the legal analysis of a fact pattern. Special emphasis is placed on the review of legal ethics and the role of the paralegal in the law office. This course will cover the history and nature of the law, with emphasis placed on the role of the paralegal. Introductory survey of substantive and procedural law. Relationships between the paralegal, attorney, co-workers and the general public are stressed. Ethical issues, such as attorney advertising, unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality and other practical aspects of ethics are covered. Students learn to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of law and the paralegal's role within the profession.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. You will learn the various sources of law, their importance and hierarchy.
    2. You will learn the manner in which they should be applied in the legal analysis of a fact pattern. Special emphasis is placed on the review of legal ethics.
    3. You will learn the role of the paralegal in the law office with emphasis on the fact that a paralegal is not a lawyer and may not give legal advice.
  • CPC178-1 (Elective) - Family Law
  • This is a detailed study of legal aspects of family law. Subject matter includes marriage, divorce, marital property, child custody, support, termination and adoption. Students learn to prepare the common documents directly related to the practice of family law. Equally important, students learn to understand the legal theories behind the documents they prepare.

    NOTE: You are required to buy the following textbook for this course | Family Law for Paralegals,  Fifth or Sixth Edition (AspenLaw – Wolters Kluwer) by J. Shoshanna Ehrlich, ISBN: 9781454816485 ; Available Online

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. You will learn about how to reasearch, interview and investigate cases that include marriage, divorce, marital property, child custody, support, termination and adoption law.
    2. You will learn to prepare the common documents directly related to the practice of family law.
    3. You will learn to understand the legal theories behind the documents they prepare.
  • CPC178-2 (Elective) - Immigration Law
  • This course introduces students to the practice of United States Immigration & Nationality Law. Topics include immigration courts and agencies, immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, admission to and removal from the United States, naturalization, refugees and asylum, appeal process and preparation of various immigration forms.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. You will learn the common vocabulary terms as related to immigration law.
    2. You will learn the various non-immigrant visa categories and requirements (Visa Alphabet)
    3. You will learn to complete a Family Based Petition
    4. You will learn to complete a Worker Based Petition
    5. You will learn how an individual gains lawful entry into the United States
    6. You will learn about deportation and removal requirements
  • CPC178-3 (Elective) - Personal Injury Law
  • This course covers various theories under which an injured party may seek redress for physical and economic injuries, including intentional torts, negligence and strict liability. The course also covers bodily injury damage, property damage as well as other types of compensation, such as worker's compensation. Students learn the practical aspects of personal injury practice as covered from both the plaintiff's and defense perspectives.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. You will learn about bodily injury damage.
    2. You will learn about property damage as well as other types of compensation.
    3. You will learn about worker's compensation.
    4. You will learn about the practical aspects of personal injury practice as covered from both the plaintiff’s and defense perspectives.
  • CPC178-4 (Elective) - Real Estate Law
  • This is a survey course in which students learn to review or draft earnest money contracts, deeds, mortgage instruments, foreclosure notices, mechanic’s liens, leases and listing contracts. Students learn legal concepts that relate directly to the documents such as estates in land, homestead, fixtures and easements. Students learn to develop skills in recording documents, conducting a title search, foreclosure sale and arranging a closing. Students learn how to do title searches.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. You will learn to draft earnest money contracts.
    2. You will learn about deeds.
    3. You will learn about mortgage instruments, foreclosure notices, mechanic's liens, leases and listing contracts.
    4. You will learn about legal concepts that relate directly to the documents such as estates in land, homestead, fixtures and easements.
    5. you will learn to develop skills in recording documents, conducting a title search, foreclosure sale and arranging a closing.
  • CPC178-5 (Elective) - Wills, Trusts and Probates Law
  • This course will provide an overview of the process legal documents that come into play prior to and after one’s death.  The course will give and overview of the probate process, basic accounting and the various filings required by the courts.  The course will give an overview of other documents that may be needed to help facilitate the transfer of assets as well as other needs of an Estate Planning attorney.  The course will give an overview of what is a trust and how trusts can be used and properly managed for various situations.  Lastly, the course will give the paralegal an education of the various non-probate transfers and how to help clients facilitate and navigate such a stressful and emotional moment. 

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. To understand the various concepts and components of an estate planning and probate law firm practice.

    2. To be able to understand and adapt to most form filings, accounting and processes concerning probate.

    3. To be able to identify the various fiduciaries and their role in regards to wills, trusts and probate.

    4. To effectively conduct oneself and manage time effectively to limit stress for the paralegal and be an asset to any law firm’s team.

Price for Certificate:

$295 per course
$2,950 for entire certificate

CEUs:

Indivivdual Course: 1 CEUs
Total Certificate: 10 CEUs

Location:
Onsite classroom numbers and Online live streaming links to be provided in the follow up email from the Program Manager.

Program Course List:

  • CPC171 (Core Course) - Foundations of Law | September 11, 2014 - October 2, 2014 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC172 (Core Course) - Interviewing and Investigating Part 1: Litigation, Discovery and the Rules of Evidence | October 13, 2014 - November 10, 2014 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC173 (Core Course) - Office Management, Professional Etiquette and Effective Communication | October 16, 2014 - November 4, 2014 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC174 (Core Course) - Interviewing and Investigating Part 2: Working with Clients, Witnesses and Information | November 18, 2014 - December 16, 2014 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC175 (Core Course) - Legal Research & Writing | January 7, 2015 - February 4, 2015 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC176 (Core Course) - Law and Ethics | January 8, 2015 (runs 5 weeks) | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC178-1 (Elective) - Family Law | October 30, 2014 - November 27, 2014 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC178-2 (Elective) - Immigration Law | November 12, 2014 - December 3, 2014 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC178-3 (Elective) - Personal Injury | February 10, 2015 - March 3, 2015 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC178-4 (Elective) - Real Estate | February 12, 2015 - March 5, 2015 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform
  • CPC178-5 (Elective) - Wills, Trusts and Probates | March 3, 2015 - March 24, 2015 | First Session Live Streamed - Time of day to be announced | Remaining Instruction online in the Blackboard Learning Platform

Discover the Regent Difference

  • The Master Certificate in Paralegal Studies will be taught by the ABA approved faculty of the Regent University Law School and regional practicing attorneys.  The Regent University Law School was rated, by 2013 The Princeton Review, as having one of the TOP TEN faculties in the nation. Regent University will help you strengthen your credentials and enhance your marketability. Here, you'll find suggested, innovative American Bar Association (ABA) approved programs, taught by a distinguished faculty, that offer a rigorous legal education within the context of a biblical worldview--recognizing that the legal profession is a call to much higher service.
  • Regent University is one of the nation's leading academic centers for Christian thought and action, with a multitude of graduate and undergraduate programs available worldwide. Our academic standards are high and our programs rigorous, but what sets Regent apart is our mission to prepare capable men and women to excel both in mind and spirit.

Instructors:

L.O. Natt Gantt II, Esq.Natt Gantt, II, Esq.

L. O. Natt Gantt, II, is Professor and Director of Academic Success and Advising; Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform. Professor Gantt received his A.B. in psychology and political science, summa cum laude, from Duke University; his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and his Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before joining Regent in 2000, he served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Donald S. Russell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; as an associate at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.; and as a Proxy Analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Gantt teaches Professional Responsibility and directs Regent's Academic Success Program. Professor Gantt has been active in the national academic support community and served from 2004 to 2007 as editor of The Learning Curve, the newsletter of the Academic Support Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has spoken on various topics related to legal education and legal ethics and has authored several articles on those topics.
Fields of Expertise: Academic Success, Legal Reasoning & Logic, Professional Responsibility.

Chris Davis Esq. Chris Davis, Esq.

Chris Davis founded Davis Law, PLC in 2008 with the goal of serving the business and litigation needs of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He has experience in all areas of business and corporate matters, litigation, franchising, and government contracts. Chris has helped both small and large business settle matters out of court to avoid the costs of litigation. When litigation is necessary, Chris has handled jury and bench trial around the country, and even litigated a multi-billion dollar class action before an MDL panel in Chicago. He has experience in franchise formation, ongoing franchise compliance and registration, and related franchising issues such as advertising compliance, trademark, financial products and UDAP. In addition to Davis Law, PLC, Chris serves as Senior Counsel with the Franchise Practice Group of General Counsel, P.C., in McLean, Virginia. Chris spent six years as Corporate Counsel to a large franchisor in Virginia Beach, Virginia with over 4,000 franchisees internationally. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was the C.I.O. for an Internet Service provider in Buffalo, NY. Chris received his JD and MBA from Regent University School and Law and School of Business (2007). He received a Certificate Of Graduate Studies in International Politics from the Robertson School of Government (2007). In 2004 and 2005, he did graduate work at Hertford College, Oxford University. He received his undergraduate degree from Elim Bible Institute in Rochester, NY (2004).

Janis L. Kirkland, Esq. Janis L. Kirkland, Esq.

Janis L. Kirkland, Esq. is the Assistant Director, Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Program at Regent University. Instructor, Legal Research and Writing Program, Regent University School of Law. She graduated with her JD, magna cum laude, from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond.  B.S., and the College of William and Mary. She is currently the Instructor for the Legal Research and Legal Writing Program, Regent University School of Law and has taught there since 2000.
Previously she had been an Adjunct Professor at Regent University School of Law 1997-2000.

Before Regent she was an Associate at the firm of Hunton & Williams, Norfolk, VA, 1987-96. She specializes in the fields of Environmental Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Legal Research & Writing.

She has published papers on An International Perspective on Environmental Liability, Environmental Dispute Handbook: Liability and Claims (1991) (co-author with Turner T. Smith, Jr. and Nancy G. Simms). She has also written Journal Articles and Notes on: What's Current in Asbestos Regulations, 23 University of Richmond Law Review 375 (Spring 1989).

Macayla M. Nicolaison, Esq.Macayla M. Nicolaison, Esq.

Macayla M. Nicolaison, Esq. is currently the managing partner in the law firm of LentzLawGroup, PLC.

She received her undergrad degree, majoring in Communication, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2004.

She went on to pursue her law degree at Regent University School of Law and graduated with a Doctorate in May of 2012 where she is an adjunct Professor for the Communication School.

Anthony Mulford, Esq.Anthony Mulford, Esq.

Attorney Anthony Mulford, Esq. is an Associate of Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly, PLLC, a law firm in Chesapeake, VA. As a lawyer in Chesapeake, Virginia, attorney Mulford serves Chesapeake City County, as well as clients throughout Virginia.

Mr. Mulford is also an Adjunct at Regent University Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he specializes in teaching Family Law. Previously, he had served with Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly, PLLC, and served our nation in the US Navy Reserves. He graduated from Regent University School of Law where he currently teaches as an adjunct professor.

 

Hugo Valverde, EsquireHugo Valverde, Esq.

Hugo Valverde, Esq. currently serves as co-chair of the Immigrant Outreach Committee of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and a legal advisor to the Illegal Immigration and Crimes Task Force of the Virginia State Crimes Commission. He is also admitted to practice as a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hugo's passion for immigration law stems from his own family's immigration experience. His father and mother came to the United States from Peru as political asylees, and as he grew up, Hugo spent many summers in Peru. Hugo uses his experience growing up in an immigrant family and time abroad to understand the conditions where his clients or their employees may have come from and the challenges they face when they come to the United States. He uses this understanding to provide better service to his clients.

Prior to starting Valverde & Rowell, P.C. Hugo served as an attorney advisor to the Immigration Courts in Oakdale and New Orleans, Louisiana, and Memphis, Tennessee. The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review selected him for this position under the highly competitive U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program.

He graduated with his B.S. degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and then went on to pursue his Master’s, M.E.M., at  Duke University in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  After successfully completing his M.E.M., he went on to attend Regent University and received his JD, cum laude, from the Regent University School of Law.  He currently is an adjunct professor at Regent University and also has his own law practice in Virginia Beach, Valverde & Rowell P.C.  Professor Valverde specializes in Immigration Law.

Hugo graduated with honors from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, where he served as a senior editor of the Regent University Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he earned a master's degree in environmental management from Duke University and a bachelor of science degree from the College of William and Mary. Hugo has published articles in the Journal of Coastal Research and the Journal of Coastal Management. Hugo is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.