This program is an intensive 14-week course ideal for the student who wishes to enter the legal profession quickly.
|Fall 2013:||September 10, 2013 - December 20, 2013|
|Spring 2014:||January 21, 2014 - May 9, 2014|
|Summer 2014:||May 20, 2014 - August 29, 2014|
|Introduction to Law||31.25 hours|
|Legal Research||45 hours|
|Computers in the Legal Field||36 hours|
Work Hours 60
|Total Hours||332.25 hours|
This course provides practical experience and an opportunity for students to apply skills learned in the classroom to a working environment as they work as interns in law firms, corporations, legal clinics, and government agencies. In addition to performing legal research, interns may interview clients, draft pleadings, interrogatories, and motions, attend and summarize depositions; prepare corporate documents, assist with discovery; draft demand letters and point and authorities; and attend trials and arbitration hearings. A classroom component prepares students for permanent employment by drafting a resume and job plan, practicing interviewing skills, and learning about ethical issues and law office procedures and policies.
Internships are non-paid and are assigned by the Program Office. Students keep time sheets which reflect hours worked and internship duties.
"I chose the USD Paralegal Program as a form of insurance for my choice of going to law school—and it paid off big…."