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The UHD Paralegal Program's curriculum is specifically designed to offer skills-based paralegal training so that you can hit the ground running when you start your first paralegal job. You will complete field work, draft legal documents, conduct client interviews, and do substantive legal research projects as part of your coursework. You will also learn legal vocabulary so that you can understand and participate in conversations in legal workplaces and learn about a wide range of practice areas directly from experienced lawyers and paralegals who are experts in their respective fields. 

All students will also participate in a file-to-trial mock trial. Students will draft the documents and perform tasks necessary to prepare for a real trial, including drafting pleadings, propounding discovery, answering discovery requests, drafting motions, preparing witnesses, preparing questions and arguments, and conducting legal research. At the end of the program, students will argue their case before a mock jury.  

Course Topics Include
  • Statutes, common law, case law, regulations, and the Constitution
  • Ethics of being a paralegal
  • State and federal court systems
  • Foundations in torts, contracts, civil procedure, property law, evidence, and more
  • Propounding and answering discovery 
  • Drafting pleadings and other legal documents
  • Legal research 
  • Practical skills needed to be a paralegal