Essential Skills for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Essential Skills for Paralegals and Legal Assistants provides a solid foundation for paralegals and other lay advocates who represent clients on behalf of legal services programs. Recognizing, as its starting point, the vital role that legal assistants and paralegals perform in our community, this course includes skill-building and practical tools in key areas of legal aid practice – client interviewing and counseling, case planning and preparation, administrative hearings, fact development – and is a welcome chance to learn, refresh and practice critical skills in a hands-on and supportive environment.

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Topics covered in this course include:

  • Administrative Hearing Skills
  • Client Interviewing and Counseling
  • Fact Development and Information Management
  • Fundamentals of Legal Reasoning and Analysis
  • Time Management
  • Tools for Enhancing Teamwork and Managing Relationships with Lawyer Colleagues