2015-2016 Paralegal Certificate Program Schedule

Currently registering students for the Summer 2015 term:

Click here to access: Paralegal Program REGISTRATION FORM

The Spring II, 2015 term of the Paralegal Certificate Program at SMC will begin soon and I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!  The following courses will be offered:

Summer

Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25: September 1, 8

Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10

 DAY                 ________  CLASS DESCRIPTION      _________          INSTRUCTOR      _____        ROOM #

Tuesday evenings       Professional Paralegal Job Search (R)                        Tracie Parker                           Walker 104

Tuesday evenings       Computer Technology (R)                                              Christie Beall Lindsey          Walker 101

Thursday evenings     Advanced Legal Research & Writing (R)                     Jennifer Jordan                    Walker 101

Advanced Legal Research and Legal Writing * – Legal Research is a prerequisite to this course. Students will be introduced to the concepts of legal reasoning and legal precedent. Students will learn how to prepare for and execute a legal research project including, analysis and synthesis of legal resources, verification of current case law and statutes, and proper citation of legal resources. Writing instruction will emphasize grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, word usage and analysis. Students will prepare an interoffice memorandum.

Communications and the Professional Paralegal Job Search – This course is designed to prepare students to communicate effectively in a clear and concise style necessary in the business and legal community. A study of major concepts of verbal communication with a basic review of grammar, the course will also cover styles of business letters, memoranda, short reports, and oral reports.  Emphasis will be placed on English proficiency, developing and delivering oral presentations, practicing recording and translation information, and developing interpersonal skills, including appropriate conversational language, listening skills, body language, and telephone skills.  The student will gain knowledge of the profession and marketplace, as well as providing the “how to’s” on resume writing, Internet searches, interviews, evaluating and negotiating job offers, follow-up letters, and managing the first 100 days of the new job. Instruction will provide resume checking and evaluation, in addition to presenting many samples and tips on resume and letter writing. Course will also include interesting case studies in the lives of real paralegals in their dailywork activities.

Technology and the Legal Process –   In this largely hands-on experience, students will not only be exposed to legal documents, forms and computer programs that are used in the law office but also trial presentation technologies.  Basic working knowledge of computers and some typing skills are essential. 

Registration needs to be completed and returned by July 6, 2015.   Paralegal Program REGISTRATION FORM

You are welcome to email your registration to harpery@smcsc.edu or fax to 864-587-4350.  For additional assistance, please contact me at (864) 266-7409 or harpery@smcsc.edu.  I look forward to helping you achieve your educational and career goals. 

SCHEDULE OF TERMS, GRADUATION AND PARALEGAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

SUMMER, 2015 TERM 

Tuesdays:                    July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; September 1, 8

Thursdays:                  July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10

FALL I, 2015 TERM

Tuesdays:                    September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17

Thursdays:                  September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19

FALL II, 2015 TERM  / NO Class November 24 or 26, 2015   NO Class December 22 or 24, 2015     NO Class December 29 or 31, 2015           

Tuesdays:                    December 1, 8, 15; January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16

Thursdays:                  December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18

SPRING I, 2016 TERM 

Tuesdays:                    February 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26

Thursdays:                  February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28

SPRING II, 2016 TERM / (Each course will ONLY meet 9 times with 1 independent/community attendance)

Tuesdays:                    May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays:                  May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Paralegal Advisory Committee Meetings:

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 Noon to 1:15 (Buchheit Board Room)

Paralegal Registration Form available for download here.