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 SRU PLANS TWO, SIX-WEEKEND ' PROGRAMS TO TRAIN STUDENTS IN LAW OFFICE, COURTROOM LITIGATION 

 

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10/07/02
Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU PLANS TWO, SIX-WEEKEND ‘PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE COURSE’ PROGRAMS TO TRAIN STUDENTS IN LAW OFFICE, COURTROOM LITIGATION WORK  

          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Two, intensive six-weekend “Paralegal Certificate Course” programs designed to train students to assist trial attorneys in courtroom litigation will be offered by Slippery Rock University’s Office of Continuing Education.

          The separate fall and spring programs will include 84 hours of instruction by experienced attorneys and will provide a professional certificate from SRU to those who successfully complete the training. The sessions will be held at the newly remodeled SRU Center for Lifelong and Community Learning.

          Students may select to attend either the fall or spring program. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 24. The spring session will run March 22-May 4. Classes will deal with legal terminology, ethics, the litigation process, introduction to the evidence procedure, legal research, legal writing, identifying relevant law, the appellate procedure and other related topics.

          Richard Comings, director of SRU’s continuing education program, explains the program is offered in conjunction with The Center for Legal Studies based in Golden, Colo. “It is a program that is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand. The program has no prerequisites, but there is significant homework. This is a program that will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills,” he says.

          Tuition is $915 plus textbooks. Handouts and assistance with placement in a voluntary internship for those who finish in the top 25 percent of their class with an “A” will be provided. The course may also be taken on video, CD-Rom, audio or on-line.

          To register, or for more information, call 724-738-2633.  

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