Get ready to step into the fast-paced legal field with The Certificate of Legal Administration – Paralegal. This online professional development course is perfect for those wanting to change careers, current practitioners wanting to refresh or formalise their skills as well as those in administrative positions wanting to enhance their knowledge of legal processes.
This online paralegal course will teach you how to produce complex legal documents, apply knowledge of the legal system to complete tasks, deliver court documentation, assist in prioritising and planning activities, maintain records for the time and disbursements, use legal terminology, draft legal correspondence, maintain records for time and legal disbursements, carry out search of the public record and apply principles of confidentiality in the legal office.
On completion of this online legal program you will have acquired the skills and knowledge required to work as a legal secretary, paralegal or administrator in a legal office or legal department within an organisation.
Unit 1 - Complex legal documents
Produce complex legal documents
Time frame and process
Document management software
Document design and structure
Design and layout
Facilitate review process
Problem-solving and constraints
Training and documentation
Advanced software functions
Linking data between applications
Spelling grammar numeric data
Numerical address information
Spelling and grammar
Format and style
To do lists
Security and confidentiality
The Australian standard
Policies and procedures
Maintenance and security
Accessibility and safety
Unit 2 - Prioritising and planning in a legal practice
Critical dates and times
Identify file-related deadlines
Check notices of listing
Lists published by courts / tribunals
Contacting courts / tribunals
Document lodgment cut off dates
Standard court rules
Record file-related deadlines
Front cover file information
Legal practice manager
Partners and supervisor
Delays by other parties
Preparing for critical dates
Reminder of critical files dates
Legal practice regulations
Schedule of fees and duties payable
Follow-up actions and activities
Unit 3 - Apply knowledge of the legal system
Australian legal system
Clerks and graduates
Paralegals and Secretaries
Cost disclosure and billing
Wills and estates
Specialty legal services
In-house legal departments
Accepting service of legal documents
Purpose of document/form
Briefs to counsel
Retainer letter and conditions
File / matter numbers
Addressing the courts/tribunals
Parties involved in legal proceedings
Legal words and phrases
Unit 4 - Time and disbursements in a legal practice
Record fee-earner time
Electronic time sheets
Paper time sheets
Accurate time recording
Irregularities or uncertainties
Legal practice regulations
Court / tribunal costs
Postage, printing and photocopying
Telephone, accommodation, and flights
Documentation file numbers
Unit 5 - Deliver court documentation
Copy and collate documents
Rule practice notes and procedures
Margins and nature of binding
Affidavits and witness statements
Exhibits and expert reports
Notices and writs
Briefs to counsel
Filing copies of documents
Plan delivery schedule
Establish delivery of documents
Court / tribunal timelines
Transport documents securely to court
Proof of lodgement documents
Incorrect form used
Expiry of deadline for document
Non-payment of appropriate fee
Unit 6 - Legal terminology
Written and oral communication
Model of communication
Internal and external parties
Appropriate legal terminology
Spelling and pronunciation
Assess competency levels
Training coaching and mentoring
Skills required for research
Legislations and rules
Unit 7 - Confidentiality and security in a legal environment
Confidentiality and security
Errors and grammar
Relevant state / territory legislation
Cost disclosure and billing
Conflicts of interest
Treating clients with respect
Trust account monies
Australian privacy principles (APP’s)
Discretion and judgement
Preparing client records
Power of attorney
Storage of materials
Unit 8 - Carry out search of the public record
Public record search
Timelines for completing search
Method used for a search
Time taken by public authority
Reasons why search is needed
Workload of legal practitioner
Case management issues
Method of delivery or collection
Cost of search
Business license agencies
Certificate of title
Intellectual property register searches
Record of lodgement
Review and correct documents
Estimated duration 120 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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