All persons involved in law or business are acutely aware of the necessity of having a decent working knowledge of accounting and financial documents. However, the only people who typically have such backgrounds are those persons who have specifically studied accounting and finance; the legal professional is at a disadvantage in most areas of practice without some knowledge of accounting.
Spartanburg Methodist College is currently registering students for its Evening Paralegal Certificate Program’s Spring II term and will be offering a course designed to bridge the gap between law and business by providing legal professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to represent clients effectively in a business environment.
Financial Documents and Accounting for Legal Professionals will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, beginning May 15 and concluding on Thursday, June 26. According to Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, “this course was developed for not only our paralegal students, but also law students and practicing legal professionals in the community. It is geared to the interpretation and use of numbers, NOT on the preparation of such numbers. Our goal is to provide a simple to comprehend guide to the world of finance and accounting.” Shane Williams, Senior Buyer at Robert Bosch Corporation in Anderson, will serve as instructor. The general public can audit this seven week course for $175.
The seven-week term will kick off on Tuesday, May 13 with an introduction to the legal system and the paralegal profession course. Introduction to Paralegal Studies, taught by Amy Thyen, a 2008 graduate of the SMC Paralegal Program, provides an overview of the nature of various law specialties. The course covers legal terminology, teaches the responsibilities of paralegals in the law office and outlines legal ethics for the attorney and paralegal. Thyen has worked as a paralegal for the Smith & Haskell Law Firm since July of 2007, when she was a student in the SMC program.