Sources and links for paralegal employment information:
- BLS Paralegal Occupational Employment and Wages
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- BLS Legal Secretaries Occupational Employment and Wages
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook:Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
- BLS Searchable Database
- Alabama Paralegal Employment Data, May 2013
Hi everyone. Here’s a quick round-up of what we’ll be doing this week:
- BUS 100-01: Tuesday we’ll form teams and look at business and the environment in which it operates. Thursday we’ll look at economics.
- BUS 100-80: I’ll be posting about economics later today, and Wednesday I’ll post about global trade. Be sure to keep up with Coursemate and your own blogging.
- BUS 263-01: Tuesday we’ll form teams and look at law and legal reasoning. Thursday we’ll have a look at court systems in the US.
- BUS 263-80: On Wednesday I’ll post about law and legal reasoning and court systems. Be sure to keep up with the chapter quizzes and your own blogging.
- PRL 101: Tuesday we’ll form teams and look at the paralegal profession. Thursday we’ll start learning about legal research.
In class today, we’ll be drafting your will assignment. Use the following fact pattern and form to draft a will for the client. Be sure to add a self-proved affidavit to the will so that the witnesses will not have to testify as to the authenticity of the will when it is admitted to probate. You can find the Alabama form for a self-proved affidavit in the Alabama Code (Alabama Code > Wills and Decedents’ Estates > Probate Code)
Use Fastcase to find the answers to the questions in the research assignment. Because part of what you need to learn in this class is efficient workflow, do not print out the document and write the answers by hand. Instead, download the document, rename it with a filename that includes your own last name, and type the answers into the document itself. Do not print until you have completed the assignment and are ready to turn it in. We will work on this assignment in class on October 3, and it is due at the beginning of class on October 8.
You can download a guide to Fastcase Legal Research for Paralegals (again, in the interest of efficient workflow, do not print the guide; refer to it on screen using the Table of Contents and search function to find what you need), and tutorials to explaining how to use Fastcase are available at http://www.fastcase.com/video/ In particular, you will need the following tutorials:
As you know, a complaint is the document that starts a civil lawsuit. The pleading standard for a complaint is that it must be a “short, plain statement” of the case that is sufficient to give the defendant notice of what is at stake in the lawsuit. Read the assignment below for a summary of the facts and allegations in the case, and then use the complaint form to create a complaint to be filed in the Circuit Court for Tuscaloosa County. You can also refer to the sample complaint for a general idea of what a complaint should look like. The complaint should make general allegations necessary to satisfy the elements of the claim, but it should not include every fact that will be proved at trial.
Whether the executor of an estate who is not licensed to practice law may file a lawsuit on behalf of the estate without hiring a lawyer.
May the executor of an estate who is not licensed to practice law file a lawsuit on behalf of the estate without hiring a lawyer?
Is the executor who files a lawsuit on behalf of the estate without hiring an attorney engaged in UPL?
For your first brief assignment, read and brief the following case:
For a more detailed explanation of what a case brief is, consult this excerpt from “How to Brief a Case” by Dana L. Blatt, Esq. (You don’t have to read the sample case, but the sample brief will give you an idea of what a brief should generally look like. You can find the original document here):
If you have questions about the assignment before class Tuesday, email or give me a call in my office.