Computer Skills a Must for Today’s Paralegals
Posted Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 by
In addition to a solid knowledge of the law, today’s paralegals also need good computer skills to successfully complete the many tasks they’re now routinely assigned. These e-skills include word processing, spreadsheet operation and, perhaps most important of all, Internet-based research.
Today, many lawyers ask paralegals to do much of the research, preparation and paperwork associated with their practices. And most of these activities are now done via computer. Common computer-based paralegal tasks include:
- Searching legal databases and CD-ROMs for prior rulings, articles and precedents that apply to current casework.
- Drafting and submitting pleadings.
- Drafting contracts, mortgages and separation agreements.
- Scanning, organizing, indexing and electronically filing case materials.
- Preparing written recommendations for how pending cases should be handled.
- Electronically tracking hours and submitting itemized bills to clients.
Speed, accuracy and a fanatic attention to detail are qualities good paralegals bring to all their activities, whether computer- or paper-based. Law firms, corporations, government agencies and other employers generally look for paralegals who offer a good mix of technical and interpersonal skills, and who are self-motivated individuals who are as good at handling nervous clients as they are digging into the deepest recesses of the Internet.
Computer Skills Part of Everest University Online’s Paralegal Program
Computer skills are one of the “core” courses in the Paralegal associate degree program offered by Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Two additional courses are devoted to legal research and writing, in which students apply their computer skills to the types of challenges they’ll likely encounter in the professional workplace.
The two-year program also provides students with a background in a variety of legal areas so they will be prepared to handle a wide range of tasks upon graduation. These areas include:
- Criminal Procedure and the Constitution
- Contract Law
- Wills, Trusts and Probate
- Family Law
- Real Estate Law
- Administrative Law
- Environmental Law
Courses are taught by legal professionals who are able to bring a real-world perspective to the academic environment. Classes are small, so students have numerous opportunities for close interaction with their instructors and fellow-students, even in an online setting. And upon graduation, Everest’s Career Services professionals help students identify and contact potential employers in their area so they can put their new-bound skills to work as quickly as possible.
For More Information
For more information about Everest University Online’s Paralegal associate degree program, contact Everest University today!
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.