Canada's new paralegal regulations study grads

It will be most interesting to compare U.S. regulation with Canada's approach: "She will be among the first students to graduate from Humber College's first bachelor degree programs. As a newly minted paralegal, Sheelagh McLellan will also be among the first in Ontario to benefit from groundbreaking legislation that will regulate the often-misunderstood profession. "'I was interested in becoming a paralegal because one of their objectives is to provide legal services for people who may not be able to afford a lawyer,' McLellan says. 'I think the regulation of paralegals is a positive. It definitely gives creditability to our profession... Read more →

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"Peggy Nickerson: Paralegal and Professor"

Oh, yes, we like successful people...! Good news from LawCrossing: "Former public school teacher Peggy Nickerson was ready for a career change after staying home with her children. After reading about a legal assistant program at William Woods University in Fulton, MO—located about 30 miles from her home—she became the first 'nontraditional' student in the program, which was a daytime program held on campus. 'From the first course, I was in love,' said Nickerson. "Now she is an assistant professor in the legal studies department at William Woods University and also serves as the coordinator for both the paralegal studies... Read more →

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"Lycoming County Paralegal Association Establishes Scholarship"

Good for the association & the person this scholarship honors: "The Lycoming County Paralegal Association is honoring one of its members by establishing a scholarship fund for legal assistant/paralegal students at Pennsylvania College of Technology. "The Maxine Stiffler/Lycoming County Paralegal Associate Scholarship Fund will provide an annual award of $250 to a student in the third or fourth year of Penn College’s bachelor-degree major in legal assistant/paralegal studies. [snip] "Maxine L. Stiffler is a 1996 graduate of Penn College’s associate-degree major in legal assistant/paralegal studies. She continued studies toward the bachelor’s degree, but health problems have thus far prevented her... Read more →

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"Manila paralegal grads visit Bilibid prisoners"

Remarkable post-graduation introduction for paralegals in the Philippines: "Graduates from The Manila Times Institute for Paralegal Studies (TMTIPS) interacted on Monday with 120 inmates at the National Bilibid Prisons taking up a special course in business administration. "The inmates attend class at the College Building in Camp Sampaguita, the NBP’s medium security facility. "The course is offered by the University of Perpetual Help–Dalta, Las Piñas, in partnership with the Bureau of Corrections." Read more →

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"Report on Paralegal Education Programs in the US"

Very thorough survey [PDF link] of U.S. paralegal programs researched & prepared by LawCrossing: [snip] "In an effort to provide future paralegals with the information they need to choose a paralegal education program and to aid higher education administrators in evaluating programs, LawCrossing has compiled statistics on 36 paralegal education programs. "The majority of paralegal students are career-oriented and outcome-focused. Because most students enrolled in these programs are studying for more practical or immediate reasons than a traditional liberal arts student would have in mind, our report emphasizes job placement [see #9] success rates. Unlike more traditionally academic subjects such... Read more →

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Manila Institute's First Paralegals

The Phillippines' Manila Institute has graduated its first class of paralegals: "The Manila Times Institute for Paralegal Studies will award certificates of completion to its first batch of graduates at ceremonies scheduled for Friday at the Manila Hotel. "Presiding Justice Ruben Reyes of the Court of Appeals will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Dante A. Ang, founder of the institute, and Fred de la Rosa, publisher and editor in chief of The Manila Times, will be on hand." Read more →

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"Clarion paralegal program coming to Indiana University"

Good news for Indiana residents: "The associate of science degree in paralegal studies offered by Clarion University is coming to the Indiana University Northpointe Regional Campus beginning with the Fall 2006 semester. “'This is a new initiative with IUP,' said Dr. Art Acton, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Clarion University. 'The general education courses will be taken from IUP and the paralegal studies through Clarion. Clarion will award the associate degree. The degree can be completed in two years and used as part of a four-year Clarion degree in real estate legal business studies.'” Read more →

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"Professor wrote book on being a paralegal"

All we can say about this profile is "wow!" "For 20 years Elms College students have learned from the words of legal studies professor Katherine Currier, and they are not alone. "Currier's text, Introduction to Law for Paralegals: A Critical Thinking Approach, is used by more than 150 colleges and universities, and was released this year for its third edition. "Currier served a five-year term as chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission. During her tenure as a member (1997-2000) and chair of the Approval Commission (2000-2005), she led the task of revising The American Bar... Read more →

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Are Your Paralegal Skills Up-to-Date?

According to a recent article, one national major firm is marketing their paralegals as professionals who are more up-to-date & better educated than other firms. They are requiring paralegals to be certified. Estrin LegalEd workshops are specifically designed with paralegal assignments in mind. Just a few include: New e-Discovery Rules The Sarbanes-Oxley Act How to Handle 140 Billion E-Mails The Essential IP Paralegal Thorough Factual Investigation and Case Preparation Paralegal's Role in Closing Transactions & Mergers & Acquisitions Paralegal's Role in SEC Filings Paralegal's Role in Jury Trials Guide to Research and Reference on the Internet Don't wake up one... Read more →

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Paralegal Student Wages Campaign to Amend Law

"New York State’s Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act needs to be amended to offer more protection to victims of domestic violence, believes St. John’s University Legal Studies’ major Jason Ciarlante, who is asking students for their signature on a petition supporting a bill (A05052), introduced by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein of Brooklyn, that would amend the law. The amendment would allow victims or potential victims of domestic violence to seek an order of protection against a non-family member in Family Court." [snip] "Through an assignment in an advanced legal research and writing class taught by Ellen Boegel, Assistant Professor... Read more →

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