Certificate Program

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. There are no prerequisites, but students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each weekend session. This program will help students increase their office's efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills. Successful graduates of both sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus. To receive a Certificate, students must pass six quizzes and successfully complete five legal document writing assignments. You must complete both Paralegal Studies 1 and Paralegal Studies 2 to receive a certificate.

Who should attend?

The Certificate Program is open to those persons in the public who have an interest in working as a paralegal professional. The Professional Certificate provides an individual with the recognition and confidence that he/she has achieved the level of professional knowledge and competency to work within the legal field. The participant should have a high school diploma or GED Certificate.

When are Paralegal Studies classes held?

The Paralegal Studies Program is an intensive alternate weekend program. In other words, classes meet all day two weekends out of the month on both Saturday and Sunday. However, it allows two weekends during the month for study outside of class and your normal weekend activities. There will not be classes the weekend of Easter Sunday. Because the Griffin Campus is located near the Atlanta Motor Speedway, if a major race is being held during the time period of the Paralegal Studies Program, then classes would not be held that weekend.

The Paralegal Studies Program at UGA in Griffin is the program for you! Six great reasons:

  1. Small class size
    Our program purposely features small class sizes. We believe this increase the learning and enhance the learning experience. The maximum enrollment for any class is 15. However, classes tend to average between eight and twelve students a term.
  2. Interactive classes
    As a result of the small class size, students are able to ask plenty of questions and get those questions answered in detail. There is opportunity for discussion and to receive additional insight from other students in the class. Students tend to build long term relationships with each other that lasting relationships.
  3. Great Instruction
    You receive high quality instruction from an experienced practicing Georgia barred attorney. Regina Mincey, a Georgetown University Law Center graduate, has been teaching paralegal studies for over 15 years. Regina follows a nationally recognized curriculum for entry into the paralegal field. She enhances that curriculum with a litany of personal and professional experiences which enrich your program experience and better prepares you for this exciting career area.
  4. Complete your certificate in a relatively short timeframe
    For many adults considering returning to pursue a paralegal studies certificate, you must also consider juggling other very important factors in life such as work and family. This program is mindful of those considerations. For those reasons, we offer our program on the weekends and we cover a large amount of paralegal studies content in a short four month time period. You work outside of class as well as in class. However, you have the opportunity to complete your certificate with in a semester and move on quickly to put in practice what you learned.
  5. Resume Advisement
    Resume prep and the job search is addressed as part of our curriculum, particularly drafting a legal resume. However, we do not offer internships or job prospect assistance.
  6. Convenient location and easy access
    The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus is located in Griffin, Georgia at 45 minutes south of Atlanta and about an hour from Macon. To access directions and a map, click this link. Parking is very convenient and is free. You will rarely, if ever, have a problem parking a few yards from where you class meets.

General Information

The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, consisting of Paralegal Studies I and Paralegal Studies II, helps prepare the student for employment as a paralegal. Completion of the program will upgrade your skills and understanding of legal support and enhance your employability. You must complete both Paralegal Studies I and Paralegal Studies II for the certificate.

Tuition for the certificate program includes handouts and assistance with placement in a voluntary internship for those students maintaining an "A" average and graduating in the top 25% of their class who also desire law office experience. Textbooks are not included in the tuition fee.

Paralegal Studies I

Date: February 10-11, February 24-25, and March 10-11, 2018
Time: 9am to 5pm
Location: Stuckey Conference Center, Room 119
Instructor: Attorney Regina Mincey
Fee: $645, plus Student Service Program Fee: $215

 

Sessions cover legal terminology, documents, ethics, the litigation process, introduction to the evidentiary predicate, and identifying relevant authority. You will cover the history of American jurisprudence, the theory of law, the legal process, the nature of litigation, pre-trial procedures, and legal ethics. You will exposed to how to prepare a complaint/petition, answer, third party complaint/petition, motion for summary judgment, basic interviewing and investigation techniques, the development and use of demonstrative evidence, preparation of discovery matter such as interrogatories, request for admissions, and request for production of documents. Finally, students will learn how to identify relevant law, determine the differences between primary and secondary and mandatory and persuasive authority, and learn how to find and apply authority to hypothetical factual situations.

Week 1: Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, and the Litigation Process

This first session focuses on the history of American jurisprudence, the theory of law, the legal process, and the nature of litigation. Discussion will cover pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures as well as an in-depth coverage of legal ethics. Students will learn how to prepare a Complaint, Answer, Third Party Complaint, and Motion for Summary Judgment based upon tort and contract causes of action.

Week 2: Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate

During this session we will review the rules of evidence and civil procedure as well as basic interviewing and investigation techniques and the development and use of demonstrative evidence. Students will prepare discovery matter such as Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, and Requests for Production of Documents.

Week 3: Identifying Relevant Authority

Throughout this session you will learn how to identify relevant law and determine the differences between primary and secondary authority, and between mandatory and persuasive authority through the use of hypothetical situations.

Required textbooks:

  • Introduction to Paralegalism, 7th edition, by William Statsky
  • Basics of Legal Document Preparation, by Robert Cummins
  • Paralegal Career for Dummies with CD of Forms
  • Paralegal Certificate Course Workbook, by Margaret J. Kirk, Publisher: The Center for Legal Studies, Golden, Colorado
  • Ballentine’s Legal Dictionary and Thesaurus, by Jonathan S. Lynton, Ph.D., J.D., Publisher: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing/Delmar Publishers, Inc.

Textbooks are available for approximately $300 from The Center of Legal Studies.

Course Instructor

This course is taught by Regina Mincey, Chief Assistant
District Attorney for Fulton County, Georgia. Attorney Mincey is a
graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., where
she was honored in Who’s Who Among American Law Students, and is a
member of the State Bar of Georgia. She has been in private practice in
Jonesboro, GA and an attorney with law firms in Washington, D.C.,
Louisville, KY, and Atlanta, GA. Attorney Mincey’s engaging teaching
style brings the content to life for her students, allowing for question
and answer components for her course, which further enriches the
learning experience.

Paralegal Studies I - $645 plus $215 Student Service Fee

Download the registration form here (pdf). Complete the form and fax back to us at (770) 233-6180. You may also register over the phone; call us at (770) 229-3477.

Register online for Paralegal Studies I (credit card payment only).

 

Paralegal Studies II

Date: March 24-25, April 14-15, and April 28-29, 2018
Time: 9am to 5pm
Location: Stuckey Conference Center, Room 119
Instructor: Attorney Regina Mincey
Fee: $645

 

Sessions cover introduction to legal research, legal research practice, legal writing and appellate procedure. Students will learn research techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs. Primary and secondary source materials will be discussed and a concise approach to legal research will be developed. Legal research skills will be applied with emphasis on shepardizing statutes and cad case law and learning to use computerized legal research terminals. The West “key number” system will be learned thoroughly. Finally, the course concentrates on the preparation and critique of legal memoranda, including an Interoffice Memorandum of Law and Appellate Brief, Principles of appellate procedure, proper citation format, and a discussion of job hunting techniques and job leads for those seeking their first employment as paralegals.

Week 4: Introduction to Legal Research

During this session you will learn research techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs. A concise approach to legal research and the West Key Number System will also be discussed.

Week 5: Legal Research Practice and Document Preparation

Legal research skills will be reviewed during this session with emphasis on shepardizing statutes and case law and an introduction to computerized legal research, including training on LexisNexis. Numerous research assignments will be given, discussed, and critiqued. Students will learn how to prepare important legal documents relating to real property, corporations, partnerships, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, and domestic relations.

Week 6: Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure

This final session will concentrate on the preparation and critique of legal memoranda, including an Interoffice Memorandum of Law and Appellate Brief. Principles of appellate procedure will be reviewed, as well as proper citation format. Job hunting techniques and job leads for those seeking their first employment as paralegals will also be discussed.

Paralegal Studies II - $645

Download the registration form here (pdf). Complete the form and fax back to us at (770) 233-6180. You may also register over the phone; call us at (770) 229-3477.

Register online for Paralegal Studies II (credit card payment only).

Review the Course Syllabus (pdf).

Required textbooks:

  • Introduction to Paralegalism, 7th edition, by William Statsky
  • Basics of Legal Document Preparation, by Robert Cummins
  • Paralegal Career for Dummies with CD of Forms
  • Paralegal Certificate Course Workbook, by Margaret J. Kirk, Publisher: The Center for Legal Studies, Golden, Colorado
  • Ballentine’s Legal Dictionary and Thesaurus, by Jonathan S. Lynton, Ph.D., J.D., Publisher: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing/Delmar Publishers, Inc.

Textbooks are available for approximately $300 from The Center of Legal Studies.

Course Instructor

This course is taught by Regina Mincey, Esq., Chief Assistant District Attorney for Fulton County, Georgia. Attorney Mincey is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., where she was honored in Who’s Who Among American Law Students, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. She has been in private practice in Jonesboro, GA and an attorney with law firms in Washington, D.C., Louisville, KY, and Atlanta, GA. Attorney Mincey’s engaging teaching style brings the content to life for her students, allowing for question and answer components for her course, which further enriches the learning experience.