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Thoughtful research is essential to legal work. Paralegals research in order to find relevant statutes and
case precedents and discover secondary sources that may help bolster a legal argument.
The legal research workshop deals with the paralegal’s use of research platforms such as Westlaw and LEXIS-NEXIS to investigate statutes, cases, and secondary sources.
By the end of the legal research workshop, paralegals will be able to:
- Identify the difference between statutes, cases, and secondary sources and know when to
search for each
- Conduct a basic search using Westlaw or LEXIS-NEXIS
- Use connectors to facilitate specific advanced searches
- Use legal citations to help further legal research
Shepardize citations in order to evaluate the context of a legal precedent
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Why Choose PIW?
We offer a range of training packages in various subject areas and offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs. If sitting in a room with a trainer with the opportunity for discussion with other learners sounds good to you, we offer this. Rather study in your own time at your own pace? Our e-learning packages are right up your alley.
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What paralegals do
Paralegals help attorneys with everything from client intake, to interviewing witnesses, to helping to prepare for trial. High-level paralegal skills such as legal research, legal writing, and legal citations allow the paralegal to engage in high-impact legal work.
The exact responsibilities of each paralegal will vary from one law office to the next.
The paralegal pay scale varies as much as paralegal responsibilities. Usually, legal assistants and paralegals in big cities will earn more than those in small towns. Generally, entry level paralegals can expect to earn $15 to $30 per hour, while high-level experienced paralegals can earn well over $100,000 per year.
Why become a paralegal?
People go into the paralegal field for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include:
- Interest in the law
- Interest in helping people
- Paralegal as a step toward becoming an attorney
- Desire for a rewarding career
Paralegal Certificate Benefits
Earning a paralegal certificate gives you a competitive advantage over other applicants both in landing your first paralegal job position and when seeking to advance your legal career.
Your paralegal certificate from Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. is good NATIONWIDE. The skills that you develop while completing the program are applicable in a wide variety of legal settings from coast to coast.
Perfect for Career Advancement
In today's job market, employers are increasing requiring their new hires and existing employees to steadily pursue higher education.
Whether you are looking to start your paralegal career or advance, a paralegal certificate is a great way to show employers that you are an education-minded applicant.
Yes. Scroll down and you will find our payment plans. Payment plans require the first month's payment plus a $75 enrollment fee.
We offer the sale price as incentive for you to pay the tuition in full all at once. If you choose to take advantage of the sale price you should be ready to pay the tuition in full.
This is a non-degree program so financial aid such as FAFSA does not apply. We will work with any organization that is willing to assist the student make payment.
The PIW binder is included in the tuition and is uploaded into the website where you will access your lessons. There is one required book that you must buy - the Bluebook. It costs about $45. You can purchase it at legalbluebook.com.
There are other OPTIONAL books that you can purchase. These are listed on the syllabus.
About the program
Yes. This certificate is valid nationwide. California is the only state that has additional requirements to become a paralegal and California residents should familiarize themselves with California law before registering for this course.
ABA approval applies to colleges and universities. We are a private career institute and ABA approval does not apply to this program.
We have investigated regional accreditation and decided against it. We speak to hundreds of attorneys every week and we have not noticed any significant demand for accredited paralegal certificates. We decided not to pursue the EXPENSIVE accreditation process, which would only raise prices for students and seemingly not give them much additional benefit in the job market.
As far as we are aware, NO PARALEGAL PROGRAM IN THE COURNTRY does as much to help students find employment as we do. We literally talk to thousands of attorneys every month to find internship opportunities and job opportunities, and we are very successful at it. But we cannot guarantee that you will get a job. In order to land a job you have to convince the employer that you are the best person for the position. So while we can help you get in front of employers, YOU must still do your part to get the job.
Completing the program
- 18+ years old
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Proficient using a computer
- Ability to read and write English
- Complete 12 learning modules
- Each module has assignments and most modules have a quiz.
- Take the final and pass it with a 70% or better.
- Complete either a 140-hour internship or a project.
- The internship can be in-person or virtual, but must be completed under the supervision of an attorney.
- The project consists of a hypothetical medical malpractice case. You will have to complete 10 assignments related to the case which require legal writing and legal research.
Yes. We contact thousands of attorneys across the country every month to help our students secure internship opportunities. The internship assistance begins after the student has completed all assignments and passed the final exam.
This program is SELF-PACED and delivered over video-recorded lessons. You will have 6 months to complete all of the assignments, quizzes, take the final, and either complete the internship or project.
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Since launching in 2003, Paralegal Institute of Washington, D.C. has been offering world-class Paralegal Certification and Training to our students. We are the only private paralegal institute in the Washington DC area. With a reputation for exceptional training, excellent staff, and outstanding graduates, the legal community recognizes PIW as the industry leader in paralegal education.
Committed to our core values of passion, integrity, and honesty, we deliver the best paralegal programs in the Washington DC. We take pride in providing affordable training and certification in 4-6 months compared to other programs which offer two-year programs.
Our goal is to remain current and on pace with the newest trends in the legal industry.
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