Legal Studies Programs

One of Bristol University's primary goals has been to prepare adults for successful careers in the legal field at an affordable cost in the shortest amount of time. Our Paralegal Training program can be completed in 900 hours of coursework and takes just nine months to complete. Students focus on taking two courses each month, attending class three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. It is also possible to attend part-time, although the program takes longer to complete. Part-time students are usually working adults who attend one class in the evening three days a week.

The Paralegal Training program is our most popular diploma program. This is a comprehensive program combining extensive procedural training with substantive law courses necessary to work as a Paralegal in today's legal environment. Our graduates will have a solid and broad foundation of skills to work directly with a supervising attorney, and we offer placement assistance to assist students in securing a position that is right for them.

Paralegal Program (All required)

This program is delivered only in residence. The Paralegal Training program is a comprehensive program combining extensive procedural training with the substantive law courses necessary to work as a Paralegal in today's legal environment. Our graduates have a solid and broad foundation of skills to work directly with a supervising attorney. This program will provide students with entry-level skills and knowledge to be competent to work in a law firm or other legal setting.

Completion of this program requires 9 months (36 weeks) of study taking two classes per month.

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Course      Title Quarter Credits Clock Hours
Total 50 900*
CD 100

Career Development

This course is designed to provide specific recommendations for self-improvement in attitude, personal image, and communications skills. Resume and cover letter writing will be included, and correct interview techniques will be covered.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading of the text, and completing exercise as given.

3 50*
CT 110

Computer I (Beginning WordPerfect)

This course provides training in WordPerfect, the program which has become the industry's standard for word processing. In Computer I the student will learn the fundamentals of operating the WordPerfect program in order to create a document, modify it, edit using the built-in dictionary and thesaurus, and print a final draft.
* Out-of-classroom work includes time spent on practical application and typing practice.

2 50*
CT 120

Computer II (Intermediate WordPerfect)

Prerequisite: Computer I (Beginning WordPerfect) or Permission from the instructor
Students will apply what they have learned in Computer I to the creation of business and legal word processed documents. Document assembly and mail merge will be emphasized in this course.
* Out-of-classroom work includes time spent on practical application and typing practice.

2 50*
CT 140

Computer II (Legal Solutions)

This course covers the practical applications of word processing to the preparation of legal forms.

2 50*
EN 100

English Grammar for Legal Professionals

This course is designed as a review of grammar, punctuation, and basic sentence structure. The goal of this class is to review business vocabulary and introduce legal terminology. Also covered will be the rules of spelling. * Out-of-classroom work includes assignments spend on class workbook.

4 50*
EN 110

English Writing for Paralegals

This course covers the fundamentals of expository writing needed by paralegals to successfully complete all written matters assigned by a supervising attorney.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading, journaling, and outlining of text material.

3 50*
LP 100

Legal Procedures I

This course uses a logical, step-by-step method to give the student the necessary terminology, background, and knowledge of legal procedures. The preparation of a lawsuit in a personal injury firm will be covered.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading the text, outlining material read, and preparation of additional documents.

3 50*
LP 110

Legal Procedures II

Necessary terminology, background, and knowledge of legal procedures and the preparation of lawsuits in the areas of Criminal and Probate Law are covered in this course.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading, journaling, and outlining of text material.

2 50*
LP 120

Legal Procedures III

Necessary terminology, background, and knowledge of legal procedures and preparation of lawsuits in the areas of Corporate Law and Real Property are covered in this course.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading, journaling, and outlining of text material.

2 50*
LP 130

Civil Litigation

This course offers an overview of California civil procedures from acceptance of a civil case to trial. The student will study complaints, cross complaints, answers, motions, discovery techniques, arbitration, and preparation for trial. The study of the court systems will be included as well as preparation of a deposition digest.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading, and outlining of material, and completing calendaring exercises.

4 50*
LP 140

Legal Procedures IV

This course uses a logical step-by-step method to give the student the necessary terminology, background, and knowledge of legal procedures and preparation of lawsuits in the area of Family Law.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading, journaling, and outlining of text material.

2 50*
LW 100

Business Law

This course will provide a study of the laws of personal property, bailments, real property leases, landlord-tenant relationships, agency, forms of business organizations and franchises, and probate law.
* Out-of-classroom work includes daily journals and preparation for tests and exams.

4 50*
LW 120

Contract Law

This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the law of contracts as it serves as the base on which many other laws are founded. The course goes further to include a section on Sales Law (Uniform Commercial Code) to show the variations from contract law to facilitate business transactions. Students have the opportunity to develop reasoning skills by learning the law by the Socratic Method.
* Out-of-classroom work includes daily journals and preparation for tests and exams.

4 50*
LW 170

Tort Law / Personal Injury

This course will provide a study of tort law, including intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, products, damages, and the defenses to those torts.
* Out-of-classroom work includes daily journals and preparation for tests and exams.

4 50*
LW 180

Legal Research

Advisory Prerequisite: LW 170 Tort Law/Personal Injury
Fundamentals of legal research and essential skills for paralegals to perform research under the direction of a supervising attorney are covered in this course. Students will learn to distinguish between secondary and primary legal authority. They will be trained in traditional research at a law library as well as technical research on-line in our computer lab.
* Out-of-classroom work includes log of memorandum, research and reading assignments.

2.5 50*
LW 190

Legal Writing

Prerequisite: LW 180 Legal Research
In this course, emphasis will be given to the writing form and style that is necessary in a law firm. Also taught will be how to write and prepare an “Internal Memorandum” to a supervising attorney based on the research done in the legal research module.
* Out-of-classroom work includes Log and Table of Authorities.

2.5 50*
OP 110

Machine Transcription

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of the transcribing machine and to help the student become competent in transcribing recorded dictation. The ability to take letters from their roughest form and transcribe them to a “mailable” copy (no errors) will be the primary purpose of this course.
* Out-of-classroom work includes preparation of additional styled letters and documents

2 50*
OP 130

Records Management

Because business and legal records are the memory of any business or law firm, their proper organization and control is of primary importance for all legal secretaries. The rules of filing will be covered in this course.
* Out-of-classroom work includes reading the material and completing workbook assignments.

2 50*

*Includes 40 hours classroom work and 10 hours of out-of-classroom work.

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