Duquesne University School of Law

Paralegal Institute Program Outcomes

When you complete your paralegal certificate you will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the legal system, its processes, and alternatives
  • Be capable of considering complex and varying legal issues
  • Understand the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and their application to paralegals in all employment settings
  • Develop analytical and judgment abilities and be capable of performing legal and factual research using both traditional and emerging technology tools
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of substantive law and legal principles in one or more areas of practice
  • Develop sound legal writing skills
  • Be capable of applying knowledge management and organizational skills in the legal setting

 

To prepare students for on-the-job success, the program will:

  • Stay abreast of changes in the delivery of legal services in the community and respond to the growing need for well educated individuals trained to assist lawyers in providing a variety of legal services
  • Provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how the legal system works and the role of paralegals
  • Provide an education that emphasizes the importance of research, writing, technology literacy, and professional responsibility, including pro bono service
  • Evaluate curriculum and services on a regular basis and incorporate changes identified through that process
  • Engage instructors with outstanding practical experience and communication skills, and foster their professional development
  • Promote an appreciation and respect for others

 

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