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The Paralegal Institute 18275 North 59th Avenue Suite 186, Building N Glendale, Arizona 85308 Phone: (602) 212-0501 Fax: (602) 212-0502 www.theparalegalinstitute.edu The Paralegal Institute is an Arizona Educational Corporation whose directors are Kathleen Mirabile and Greg Mirabile. The Paralegal Institute has the following licenses issued by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education: Regular Vocational License Number V1052 to provide the Criminal Justice, Legal Assistant/Paralegal and Legal Nurse Consultant diploma programs, and the Regular Degree License Number D1052 to provide the Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies degree programs. The Paralegal Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). www.detc.org Consistent with the tenets that lie at the foundation of an institution for higher learning, The Paralegal Institute has a strong commitment to the principle of nondiscrimination. In its admission and employment practices, administration of educational policies, and other school-administered programs. The Paralegal Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, physical disability, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting The Paralegal Institute’s grievance procedure found in this catalog, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is: 1400 W. Washington, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-542-5709 Website: http://azppse.state.az.us.

Published January 2010 The information contained in this catalog was accurate at the time of publication. Following publication, any catalog information may change without notice, including without limitation, the information regarding tuition, fees, costs, class schedules, the student calendar, the program outline, the course descriptions, curricula, faculty, advisory committees, student services, administrative policies, program objectives and career opportunities for graduates of the program. New courses as well as course changes are included in this edition of the catalog. Students pursuing a diploma under a previous edition of the catalog should refer to that edition to determine course requirements for their program.

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Table of Contents Welcome Message…………………………………………………………….……..…..……..... Mission Statement, Accreditation & Memberships………………………………………….. General Information Academic Calendar…….…………………………………………………..…….…………... Off-Campus, Independent Study……………………………………………………………. Time Commitment for Programs…………………………………………………………….. Change of Address…….…………………………………………………..…….…………... Privacy Rights……………...………………………………………………...………………. Statement of Non-Discrimination…………………………………………………………….. Programs in Paralegal Studies………………………………………………………………… Legal Assistant / Paralegal Diploma Program …………………………..…….…………... Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies……………………………………………………. Paralegal Diploma Program Requirements……………………………………………….. Paralegal Associate Degree Program Requirements..………………..…….…………... Paralegal Course Descriptions…………………...……………………………………….. Legal Nurse Consultant Program……………………....………………..…….…………... Legal Nurse Consultant Program Requirements……………………………..…………… Legal Nurse Consultant Course Descriptions…………………………………………….. Programs in Criminal Justice……..…………………………………………………………… Criminal Justice Diploma Program …..……………………………………………..……… Associate Degree in Criminal Justice……………………………………………….……… Criminal Justice Diploma Program Requirements………………………………………… Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program Requirements…………………………….. Criminal Justice Course Descriptions………………………………………………….…… Admissions Policies Applying for Admission…………………………………………………………………...… Enrollment Dates……………………………………………………………………………. Transfer Credit Policy……………………………………………………………………….. Financial Information Program Tuition……………………………………………………………………………. Tuition Guarantee……………………………………………………………………………. Tuition Payments……………………………………………………………………………. Payment Plans…………………………………………………………………………...…. Financial Obligation……………………………………………………………………….... Financial Probation…………………………………………………………………………. Returned Checks…….…………………………………………………………………...… Textbooks and Instruction…………………………………………………………………. Shipping and Handling…..……………………………………………………………….... Refund Policy……………………………………………………………………………….. Terms of Enrollment Agreements…………………………………………………………. Holder in Due Course Statement………………………………………………………….. Academic Regulations Integrity Scholarship..………………………………………………………………………. Grievance Procedure………………………………………………………………………. Lesson Exams……...………………………………………………………………………. Writing Assignments……………….....……………………………………………………. Comprehensive Final Exams...……………………………………………………………. Proctored Exams…..……………….....……………………………………………………. Grading Policy & Grading Scale …………………………………………………………. Satisfactory Student Progress….…..……………….....…………………………………. Student Records and Transcripts…..……………….....…………………………………. Academic Extension……………..…..……………….....…………………………………. Withdrawal / Cancellation……..…..……………….....………………………………...…. Re-enrollment……………...…..…..……………….....………………………………...…. Conduct Policy ……………………………………………………………………………… Page 3 of 28

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WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

WELCOME MESSAGE

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal field is among the fastest growing in the country and is likely to continue for years to come. Employment is projected to grow much faster than average as employers try to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks formerly carried out by lawyers. Formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities as competition for positions continues. Most entrants to the field have an associate degree in paralegal studies, or for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree, a certificate in paralegal studies. In a related field, according to the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, for almost 20 years, legal nurse consultants have acted as collaborators, strategists, and educators by offering support in medically related litigation and other medical-legal matters in a number of areas. Another urgency exists today to ensure the proper administration of law related to crime as society struggles with a growing criminal element. This has created a demand for trained professionals in the criminal justice field. The founder of The Paralegal Institute, John Morrison, was one of the few to have a vision for the need for paralegal training early on, making The Paralegal Institute one of the oldest and best-respected distance learning career training institutions in the United States. Since 1974,The Paralegal Institute has led the way in excellence with its programs for legal professionals! Thank you for considering The Paralegal Institute. Please explore our catalog and you will discover why our programs are an excellent choice, whether you are looking for an entry level to a new career, enhancing your current career, or making a career change. Be assured of our commitment to support you as you set out on a career path that will be enjoyable, rewarding and paved with opportunities.

Sincerely, Kathleen Mirabile

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MISSION STATEMENT, ACCREDITATION, AND MEMBERSHIPS

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MISSION STATEMENT

To accomplish these goals we: • Offer academic studies that combine the basic foundation of traditional education with a distance-learning format suited for motivated, mature professionals. • Provide faculty and advisors with qualified academic backgrounds and successful professional experience who can guide students in managing contemporary challenges. • Assist graduates in realizing their goals throughout their careers by promoting professional development and life long learning. ACCREDITATION The Paralegal Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Distance Education and Training Council is located in Washington, D.C. Founded as the National Home Study Council in 1926, DETC’s mission is to promote sound educational standards and ethical business practices with the correspondence field. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is located at 1601 18th Street, N.W., Suite 2 Washington D.C. 20009-2529. Phone: 202-234-5100 Web address: www.detc.org

MEMBERSHIPS American Council on Education www.acenet.edu Council for Higher Education Accreditation www.chea.org Associate Member, National Association of Legal Assistants www.nala.org National Association of Legal Nurse Consultant www.nalnc.org The Paralegal Institute is a BBB accredited Business (Better Business Bureau)

MISSION STATEMENT, ACCREDITATION & MEMBERSHIPS

The mission of The Paralegal Institute is to provide quality education to students seeking preparation for a career in their chosen field as a paralegal, a legal nurse consultant or a criminal justice professional.

The Programs of The Paralegal Institute are approved for Veterans benefits. The Programs of The Paralegal Institute are eligible for DANTES tuition assistance. Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC) www.soc.ascu.org 2009 School Catalog


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ACADEMIC CALENDAR Hours of Operation: Administrative Office Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Standard Mountain Time Observed Holidays: New Year’s Day Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day

GENERAL INFORMATION

Instructors are available by email outside of normal business hours. Phone: 1-800-354-1254 or 602-212-0501 Fax: 602-212-0502 E-mail: info@theparalegalinstitute.edu Off-Campus, Independent Study If you have never experienced distance learning, you will find that learning at home or at work offers tremendous advantages over traditional on-campus education. Because you do not have to rearrange your schedule to attend classes, you are free to study within the boundaries of your current work, family and community responsibilities. Learning activities will be completed independently. Your instructional materials will break down the coursework lesson by lesson, providing learning objectives, course materials, learning exercises, self-tests, and details regarding proper procedure. Students are expected to demonstrate talent, motivation, and dedication. The Paralegal Institute is committed to your success and will guide you along the way. You may communicate by phone, fax, regular mail or email. You will have continuous communication with the faculty and staff throughout your program of study. Time Commitment for Programs The Paralegal Institute has open enrollment and you may enroll and begin your program at anytime. Students may proceed through their program as quickly as desire, time, and ability permit. It is recommended that students devote 10-15 hours per week to their studies. Students must maintain satisfactory progress. The average time to complete the associate degree is two to two and one half years. A student is allowed a maximum time of 30 months to complete an associate degree. The average time to complete a legal nurse consultant program is 18 to 24 months. A student is allowed a maximum time of 24 months to complete the legal nurse consultant program. The average time to complete a criminal justice or paralegal diploma is 12 to 18 months. A student is allowed a maximum time of 18 months to complete a diploma.

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CHANGE OF ADDRESS It is the responsibility of the student to notify The Paralegal Institute with regard to any change of address. All correspondence will be sent to the last address the Institute receives from the student.

PRIVACY RIGHTS The Paralegal Institute honors the privacy of our students. In accordance with federal and state law, the Institute protects the confidentiality of education records and the rights of students to inspect and review these records. Specific student transcript information is not made available for general statistical purposes. Information that the institute collects may be released only upon written request by the student.

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION Consistent with the tenets that lie at the foundation of an institution for higher learning, The Paralegal Institute has a strong commitment to the principle of non-discrimination. In the admission and employment practices, administration of educational policies, and other schooladministered programs, The Paralegal Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, physical disability, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

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PROGRAMS IN PARALEGAL STUDIES

PROGRAMS IN PARALEGAL STUDIES

Maintenance of a nation’s system of laws is a large and important responsibility that takes an ever-growing group of trained professionals. While lawyers have long had assistants, it was not until late 1968 that the American Bar Association first officially recognized the paralegal profession. The paralegal field began and grew for two main reasons: (1) there is a great deal of legal work that falls into the area of procedure, which paralegals may carry out, as opposed to substance, which attorneys must execute and for which they must take responsibility; and (2) there is a growing demand by individuals and businesses for more legal services at a lower cost. This is, in part, accomplished through the use of qualified assistants to attorneys. The paralegal provides a much-needed service in an important profession. As a paralegal, you will enjoy the respect given to professionals who solve difficult problems in the lives of great corporations and ordinary people. You will be working with other like-minded and dedicated professionals in any of a variety of interesting and stimulating situations. You may research cases, gather information by telephone, establish case files, interview experts or witnesses, carry out investigations, or draft legal documents. LEGAL ASSISTANT / PARALEGAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM The Paralegal Diploma program provides a foundation in legal studies. Upon successful completion of the Paralegal Diploma, you will be able to: use research tools and techniques necessary to find the law, rules and regulation, prepare professional legal documents, establish case files, interview experts or witnesses, carry out investigations and demonstrate a broad knowledge of litigation practice, law and procedure. You will acquire a core knowledge in the following areas of law: business law, family law, criminal law, real property, torts, and contracts. ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN PARALEGAL STUDIES The Paralegal Institute offers an additional opportunity for you to add a competitive edge in your pursuit of the best available position in the Paralegal field by offering an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies. The Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies requires general education courses in English, Interpersonal Communications, Business Management, Mathematics Essentials, and Psychology. The core program provides a foundation in the law and legal analysis and writing. Students complete their program by choosing five specialty courses in the areas of the law that interest them most. Time to Complete Program Students must maintain satisfactory progress. The average time to complete the associate degree is two to two and one half years. A student is allowed a maximum time of 30 months to complete an associate degree. The average time to complete a legal nurse consultant program is 18 to 24 months. A student is allowed a maximum time of 24 months to complete the legal nurse consultant program. The average time to complete a criminal justice or paralegal diploma is 12 to 18 months. A student is allowed a maximum time of 18 months to complete a diploma program. 2009 School Catalog


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PARALEGAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (30 Semester Credit Hours/1350 Clock Hours) The Core Program

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

3

135

Legal Research

3

135

Legal Analysis and Writing

3

135

Litigation and Trial Practice

3

135

Business Organizations

3

135

Real Property

3

135

Criminal Law

3

135

Torts: Personal Injury Litigation

3

135

Contracts

3

135

* Domestic Relations

3

135

DIPLOMA PROGRAM TOTAL

30

1350

Admission Requirements Candidates for admission to the Paralegal Diploma Program must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED). Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam At a time when law firms are looking for the best and brightest paralegals, certification bestows a measure of professional recognition that can set you apart from others in the field that may not be credentialed. The opportunity to be designated as a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) is provided by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). www.nala.org Examinations leading to the designation of CLA are given periodically to those students who have successfully completed recognized training programs. The Paralegal Institute’s paralegal programs satisfy the educational requirements of this national testing organization.

PROGRAMS IN PARALEGAL STUDIES

Paralegal Today

*This course may be substituted with one of the specialty courses listed on Page 10: Domestic Relations, Trusts, Wills, and Estate Administration, Immigration Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual property, Bankruptcy Law, Social Security Disability.

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(60 Semester Credit Hours/2700 Clock Hours)

PROGRAMS IN PARALEGAL STUDIES

The Core Program (Required)

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

Paralegal Today

3

135

Legal Research

3

135

Legal Analysis and Writing

3

135

Litigation and Trial Practice

3

135

Administrative Law

3

135

Business Organizations

3

135

Real Property

3

135

Criminal Law

3

135

Torts: Personal Injury Litigation

3

135

Contracts

3

135

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

Domestic Relations

3

135

Trusts, Wills, and Estate Administration

3

135

Immigration Law

3

135

Environmental Law

3

135

Intellectual Property

3

135

Bankruptcy Law

3

135

Social Security Disability

3

135

Specialty Courses (15 Credit Hours) Choose 5 courses in your area of interest

General Education Courses (Required)

Credit 3Hours

Clock Hours 135

English

3

135

Interpersonal Communications

3

135

Business Management

3

135

Mathematics Essentials

3

135

Psychology

3

135

Core Program

30

1350

Specialty Courses

15

675

General Education

15

675

DEGREE PROGRAM TOTAL

60

2700

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Course Descriptions Paralegal Diploma / Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies

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Legal Research (3 Credit Hours) This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Legal Research. The student will learn research tools and techniques necessary to find the actual law, but also how to use the various secondary materials, which assist in the research process. Some of the topics covered are: Case Reporters, Digests, Codes, Annotated Codes, Annotated Reporters, Citators, Loose-leaf Services, Legal Encyclopedias, Treatises and Computerized Research Services. As part of the course, students enrolled in Legal Research receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West. Legal Analysis and Writing (3 Credit Hours) A requisite for the capable legal assistant is the ability to prepare professional legal documents. This comprehensive course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal analysis and writing. Students will first examine an overview of the legal system, including analytic principles and the legal process. They will learn the specifics of legal analysis, including statutory analysis, case law and briefing, identifying and stating the issue, case application and counter analysis. Emphasis on application of these key principles in legal writing will allow students to prepare interoffice memorandums, court briefs and general legal correspondence. Students enrolled in Legal Analysis and Writing receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West. Litigation and Trial Practice (3 Credit Hours) This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for paralegals. It provides detailed information on the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. Special emphasis is made on the role of the lawyer and those responsibilities that may be delegated to the legal assistant. Attention is given to litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, deposition, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, and appeals.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PARALEGAL STUIDES

Paralegal Today (3 Credit Hours) The course is the core of the paralegal program. Students will learn the past, present and future of the paralegal profession, including the paralegal defined, educational options, techniques for marketing skills and career opportunities. Instruction on ethics and professional responsibility, the organizational structure of the legal workplace and office culture and politics will prepare students for the challenges of today's paralegal. Students receive a formal introduction to law by examining sources of American law, the court system and alternative dispute resolution, substantive law in its various forms, as well as administrative law and government regulation. Legal procedures and advanced skills involving civil litigation and trial procedures, criminal law, conducting interviews and investigations, using primary and secondary sources to legal research, the emerging technology of computer-assisted legal research, in addition to legal analysis and writing provide valuable insight and a solid foundation for the future legal assistant.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PARALEGAL STUIDES

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Business Organizations (3 Credit Hours) This course prepares paralegal students for the practical aspects of the law of business organizations. It covers all issues that are typically encountered in working with business clients. Topics include the types of business organizations, formation of a corporation, corporate financial structure, employment and compensation, operating and maintaining business entities.

Domestic Relations (3 Credit Hours) This course prepares paralegal students for the area of family law. Students are introduced to the legal principles and processes involved in the law of marriage, divorce, separation, support, custody and visitation, annulment and adoption, and tax consequences of separation and divorce. Students learn to draft common agreements, pleadings and other documents applicable to these topics.

Criminal Law (3 Credit Hours) This course explores the general principles of criminal liability, the defenses to criminal liability, and the elements of crimes against persons, property, and society, while it encourages critical thinking about these topics. Special emphasis is given to both the law and the procedural aspects of criminal justice.

Real Property (3 Credit Hours) This course is directed toward the training and practice of legal assistants in the area of modern real estate transactions. Topics covered are property ownership, surveys and legal descriptions of real property, easements, contract forms and standard provisions found in real estate contracts, deeds, real estate finance, real estate lending, mortgages and foreclosures, title examinations and title insurance, real estate closings, condominiums, cooperatives and time-shares, and residential and commercial leases.

Trusts, Wills and Estate Administration (3 Credit Hours) This course focuses on the basics of property law and its application to the main theme of wills, trusts, and estate administration. The laws that govern construction and administration of wills and trusts are covered in detail along with the roles of various participants in the process. Students will learn to develop an estate plan to dispose of assets and diminish or eliminate estate taxes through the effective use of wills and trusts. Ethics is addressed to prepare the paralegal student for the necessity to adhere to a prescribed set of rules and guidelines that will apply to their work. Immigration Law (3 Credit Hours) This course covers the law of immigration and the changes that have taken place in immigration law since September 11, 2001. It walks the student through the entire background, process, and tools essential for a legal professionals mastery of immigration law.

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Contracts (3 Credit Hours) This course provides paralegal students with a well organized, functional approach to the law of contracts. Paralegal students learn an approach for analyzing contract problems that they will need for their professional assignments. Topics include the type of law to apply to contract transactions, when a contract is formed, when it is enforceable, a plaintiff’s allegation of breach, a defendant response to an allegation of breach, and the remedies available for a breach of contract.

Bankruptcy (3 Credit Hours) This course gives a brief history of bankruptcy law, research aids, alternatives to bankruptcy, a discussion of the role of the various parties involved in the bankruptcy process, and an overview concerning eligibility and the selection of the appropriate bankruptcy chapter under which a bankruptcy should be filed. Emphasis is placed on the paralegal’s role in the fact gathering process and the interface with clients.

Social Security Disability (3 Credit Hours) This course provides insight to the disability appeals process and complex administrative procedures that ultimately appear before a federal administrative law judge. Students will learn to understand and apply key legal issues in the successful representation of clients before the Social Security Administration generally, and the Office of Hearing and Appeals specifically.

Administrative Law (3 Credit Hours) The continuing growth of administrative law and regulations make this course fundamental and essential to most law practices. The course covers the delegation of authority to agencies, legislation oversight, judicial review, disclosure of information, the administrative process, procedural due process, formal adjudication, rules and rulemaking, obtaining judicial review and more. Intellectual Property (3 Credit Hours) This course covers four fields of intellectual property law; trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. It covers topics such as the duration of rights, protection from infringement, and new and international developments in each field.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PARALEGAL STUIDES

Torts: Personal Injury Litigation (3 Credit Hours) This course explores civil wrongs, and your studies will illustrate and explain the different types of tort recoveries that are allowed by law. Student learn the elements required to prove each tort, and defenses that may be posed, and a step-by-step strategy for the preparation and settlement for each type of action. Topics include tort theory based upon negligence, products liability, libel, slander and malpractice.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PARALEGAL STUIDES

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Environmental Law (3 Credit Hours) An increasing demand for understanding environmental law and policy issues exists today. From the history of environmental law, to the ethics and issues underlying policy making, this course provides an overview of the role other areas of law play in the development and implementation of these policies. Students will receive an introduction to law and the legal system including court structure and civil procedure. They will learn principles of American property law and examine common law theories and remedies for environmental harms and liabilities, as well as land use and regulation and constitutional issues in environmental regulation.

General Education Courses (Required for Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies) English (3 Credit Hours) This course is designed to develop your ability to write clearly. Emphasis is on effective writing and revising techniques including purpose, organization, and mechanics. Various modes and strategies of descriptive, narrative and illustrative essays are covered. The culminating assignment is a research paper. Interpersonal Communications (3 Credit Hours) This course teaches the basics of communication principles and concepts. Topics include Intercultural issues, conflict management, and communicating in groups and in public. Business Management (3 Credit Hours) This course is designed to help the manager develop insight, sensitivity, and an improved understanding of people; assist organizational leaders in maintaining and improving the organizational climate; and assist present and future managers in understanding and improving motivations. Mathematics Essentials (3 Credit Hours) This course is a basic review of mathematic skill, including terminology, checking accounts, taxes, payroll and step-by-step approaches. This course will help students develop math skills used in personal and business applications. Psychology (3 Credit Hours) Presents the theories and principles of modern psychology. Students learn about the different branches of psychology and the practical application of psychological tenets of functional behavior.

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LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT PROGRAM

15 The role of the Legal Nurse Consultant is to evaluate, analyze and offer an opinion on the delivery of heath care and its outcomes. A Legal Nurse Consultant is a registered nurse and therefore a unique and valuable member of a litigation team. You will use the same problem solving skills required in nursing in the practice of legal nurse consulting. The nursing process requires assessment, analysis and issue identification, outcome identification, planning, implementation and evaluation. These processes are the basis of legal research and analysis, so you can see how you can adapt the skills you have used in nursing to begin a new and exciting career as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Legal Nurse Consultants practice in a wide area of legal specialties in civil and criminal litigation. The practice areas for Legal Nurse Consultants are diverse. You can practice independently or work in a law firm on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury, toxic tort and product liability. You may work as a case manager for an insurance company or a health maintenance organization. Hospitals ambulatory care centers and clinics employ Legal Nurse Consultant as the primary investigators of potential and filed claims involving patients who were injured during the course of medical treatment. The Legal Nurse Consultant Program provides a foundation in legal studies and examines the roles of Legal Nurse Consultants in a variety of practice environments and legal areas.

LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT

Content areas of the program: • The Legal Nurse Consultant’s role in professional negligence, product liability, toxic tort, and criminal litigation • Life care planning and damages assessment • The nurse as expert witness • Working with experts • Preparation for and evaluation of deposition and trial testimony • Principles of legal writing • Legal theory • Medical record and case analysis • Medical literature research • Client interviews and communications • Independent medical examinations • Discovery and disclosure • Alternative dispute resolution and medication • Trial preparation and trial • The Legal Nurse Consultant’s role in the insurance industry and in risk management • Ethics, professionalism, and standards of practice for Legal Nurse Consultants The course culminates with guidance on business principles which includes: how to start a consulting business, how to write a business and marketing plan, how to grow a consulting business, general business practices, and ethics. As the final project for the course, students write their own marketing and plan and business plan.

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16

(33 Semester Credit Hours/1485 Clock Hours)

The Core Program

Credit Hours

Principles and Practice of Legal Nurse Consulting Total

LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT

Foundation Courses

Clock Hours

18

810

18

810

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

Legal Research

3

135

Legal Analysis and Writing

3

135

Litigation and Trial Practice

3

135

Torts: Personal Injury Litigation

3

135

Medical Records

3

135

15

675

33

1485

Total DIPLOMA PROGRAM TOTAL

Admission Prerequisites: Candidates for admission must present a copy of their credential (R.N., B.S.N., or M.D.)

The Paralegal Institute’s Legal Nurse Consultant program will not only prepare you to demonstrate competency on the national examination offered by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), but also provide you with comprehensive preparation for seeking employment as a legal nurse consultant. Along with learning the principals and practices of legal nurse consulting, you will also acquire skills in the areas of legal research, legal analysis, medical records analysis, and legal writing. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the civil litigation process and tort theory. The Legal Nurse Consultant program students are required to complete all course lessons and comprehensive final exams within 18 to 24 months from respective enrollment date.

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Course Descriptions Legal Nurse Consultant Program

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Legal Research (3 Credit Hours) This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of Legal Research. The student will learn research tools and techniques necessary to find the actual law, but also how to use the various secondary materials, which assist in the research process. Some of the topics covered are: Case Reporters, Digests, Codes, Annotated Codes, Annotated Reporters, Citators, Loose-leaf Services, Legal Encyclopedias, Treatises and Computerized Research Services. Students enrolled in the Legal Research course receive Westlaw’s online legal library training. Legal Analysis and Writing (3 Credit Hours) A requisite for the capable legal assistant is the ability to prepare professional legal documents. This comprehensive course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal analysis and writing. Students will first examine an overview of the legal system, including analytic principles and the legal process. They will learn the specifics of legal analysis, including statutory analysis, case law and briefing, identifying and stating the issue, case application and counter analysis. Emphasis on application of these key principles in legal writing will allow students to prepare interoffice memorandums, court briefs and general legal correspondence. Litigation and Trial Practice (3 Credit Hours) This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for paralegals. It provides detailed information on the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. Special emphasis is made on the role of the lawyer and those responsibilities that may be delegated to the legal assistant. Attention is given to litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, depositions, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, and appeals. Torts: Personal Injury Litigation (3 Credit Hours) This course explores civil wrongs, and your studies will illustrate and explain the different types of tort recoveries that are allowed by law. Students learn the elements required to prove each tort, and defenses that may be posed, and a step-by-step strategy for the preparation and settlement for each type of action. Topics include tort theory based upon negligence, products liability, libel, slander and malpractice.

LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practices (18 credit hours) This core course includes in-depth coverage on topics on the Legal Nurse Consultants role in the professional negligence, product liability, toxic tort, criminal litigation, life care planning and damage assessment, the nurse as expert witness, working with experts, preparation for and evaluation of deposition and trial testimony, principles of legal writing, legal theory, medical record and case analysis, medical literature research, client interviews and communication, independent medical examinations, discovery/disclosure, alternative dispute resolution and medication, trial preparation and trial, the Legal Nurse Consultant’s role in the insurance industry and in risk management, business principles for the Legal Nurse Consultant, ethics, professionalism, and standard practices for Legal Nurse Consultants.

Medical Records (3 Credit Hours) Topics covered: medical record forms and content, medical record formats, numbering and filing systems, storage and retrieval systems and legal requirements for maintaining medical records.

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PROGRAMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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PROGRAMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE An overwhelming urgency exists today to ensure the proper administration of law related to crime as society struggles with a growing criminal element. This has created a demand for trained professionals in the criminal justice field. Recognizing this demand, The Paralegal Institute’s Criminal Justice Program provides insight into the intriguing world of the criminal justice system, assisting individuals to acquire technical skills based on a genuine understanding of the law-a concrete foundation necessary to meet the challenges of this field. This prescribed course of study supplies the building blocks of a well-rounded education, as students discern the delicate balance between law and order, and discover the opportunity they have to contribute to the continuing quest for resolution of this advancing moral dilemma. Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible to seek employment in the various sectors of the criminal justice system, including, but not limited to the areas of law enforcement, private investigation, corrections, and corporate security.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE DIPLOMA PROGRAM The field of Criminal Justice centers on the control of criminal behavior in the maintenance of public order and includes the primary functions of law enforcement, prosecution, trial, corrections and associated responsibilities. The Paralegal Institute's career development programs are designed to meet the needs of legal professionals. The program is structured around core criminal justice classes on such topics as law enforcement, the judicial process, juvenile justice, corrections and probation, and criminal law and procedure. The program provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex and pluralistic society we live in by explaining the concepts of social control and resolutions available in criminal justice, including current procedures and future changes.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM The Paralegal Institute offers an additional opportunity for you to add a competitive edge in your pursuit of the best available position in the Criminal Justice field by offering an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice requires general education courses in English, Interpersonal Communications, American History, Mathematics, and Psychology. The core program provides a foundation in the criminal justice field. Students complete their program by choosing four specialty courses in the areas of criminal justice that interest them most.

ENROLLMENT PERIOD / TIME LIMITATIONS Students must maintain satisfactory progress. The average time to complete the associate degree is two to two and one half years. A student is allowed a maximum time of 30 months to complete an associate degree. The average time to complete a criminal justice or paralegal diploma is 12 to 18 months. A student is allowed a maximum time of 18 months to complete a diploma program.

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The Core Program

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

Introduction to Criminal Justice

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135

America’s Court System

3

135

Constitutional Law

3

135

Criminal Law

3

135

Criminal Procedures

3

135

Laws of Evidence

3

135

Criminal Investigations

3

135

Ethics

3

135

Corrections

3

135

Juvenile Delinquency

3

135

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30

1350

Admission Prerequisites Candidates for admission to the Criminal Justice Diploma must be 18 years of age or older and possess a High School Diploma or its equivalent.

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(60 Semester Credit Hours/2700 Clock Hours) The Core Program

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

135

America’s Court System

3

135

Constitution Law

3

135

Criminal Law

3

135

Criminal Procedures

3

135

Laws of Evidence

3

135

Criminal Investigations

3

135

Forensic Science

3

135

Ethics

3

135

Corrections

3

135

Juvenile Delinquency

3

135

Specialty Courses

(12 Credit Hours)

Credit Hours

Clock Hours

PROGRAMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Choose four 3 Credit Hour Courses White Collar Crime

3

135

Homeland Security

3

135

Organized Crime

3

135

Private Security

3

135

Crime and Drugs

3

135

Policing

3

135

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (Required

15 Credit Hours)

English Interpersonal Communications

3

135

American History

3

135

Mathematics Essentials

3

135

Psychology

3

135

DEGREE PROGRAM TOTAL

60

2700

Admission Prerequisites Candidates for admission to the Criminal Justice Diploma must be 18 years of age or older and possess a High School Diploma or its equivalent.

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Criminal Justice Diploma / Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours) Introduction to criminal justice provides a realistic description of the American criminal justice system and how it works-police, courts, and corrections. Much more than an “encyclopedia” of criminal justice topics, it provides an intricately woven picture of contemporary American criminal justice such as the staggering increases in juvenile crime, police abuse/brutality, the crisis of prison overcrowding, and the growing trend of alternative sentencing. It is designed to help students integrate the wealth of material to which they are exposed, and assumes a forwardlooking perspective that recognizes the importance of individual rights, social order, multiculturalism, and high-technology as they affect the day-to-day practice of criminal justice students. The fundamental tried-and-true concepts of an evolving discipline give them the critical thinking skills necessary to effectively apply those concepts to the real world, and to apply those concepts and skills to today’s problems and emerging issues of tomorrow.

America’s Court Systems (3 Credit Hours) This course teaches the fundamentals of the legal system in America and includes an overview of federal courts, state courts, appellate, lower and juvenile courts. It covers the dynamics of courthouse justice, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, defendants and victims and the processing, sentencing of the guilty.

Criminal Law (3 Credit Hours) A great need for specialists in criminal law and procedures has been created by the rapidly expanding criminal justice system. Police departments, attorney generals, district attorneys, and lawyers all need the knowledge of criminal law professionals. This course is designed to give an understanding of both the law and procedural aspects of criminal justice and to prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career in criminal justice.

Criminal Procedure (3 Credit Hours) The balance between the rights of individuals in today’s society and the power of the government to interfere with those rights remains the primary conflict in the law of criminal procedure. This course provides an analysis and assessment of the principles governing this area of law, while exploring the Constitutional provisions that exist to ensure fair proceedings for all people-regardless of their innocence or guilt. Students will benefit from cases as seen from all sides of the law, from the law enforcement officers that apprehend suspects, to the judges and juries that hand down convictions. Criminal process, searches and seizures, arrests, police interrogations, identification procedures, Constitutional violations and the resulting court proceedings, which involve pre-trials, trials, convictions and the post-conviction process, are essential to the comprehension of the law of criminal procedure and the critical component of balance that anchors the entire structure.

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Criminal Justice Diploma / Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Laws of Evidence (3 Credit Hours) Understanding evidence law is key to any legal assistant working side-by-side with law enforcement of the trial attorney. Students will be provided with the fundamentals: the definition of the law of evidence, its origin, as well as the relevant application of such-when, and by whom. Examination of the admissibility of evidence to support or disprove facts is critical in any case; therefore, consideration will be given to actual cases as students learn evidentiary rules and the part they play in the recognition, gathering and presentation of evidence deemed admissible at trial.

Ethics (3 Credit Hours) This area of study is of singular significance in the criminal justice field, as any violation of the rules of right conduct could undermine the very purpose for which the system was created-the administration of justice. This course provides students with an honest, straightforward approach to the provocative issue of morals and standards in an arena filled with potential contradictions. Students will gain insight into morality, ethics and human behavior, and developing moral and ethical behavior. Ethics and law enforcement, ethics and legal professionals, ethics of prosecution, punishment and corrections, and ultimately, policy and decision-making are likewise noteworthy.

Constitutional Law (3 Credit Hours) Since the drafting of this document in 1787, the U. S. Constitution has proven to be a “framework” within which its basic tenets must be met and the basic rights of people are assured. This course is designed to impart an understanding of the living law of America-the interpretation of the law within this basic framework is by and large a product of the times and the ideologies of Supreme Court justices, the court having the final word in determining what the interpretation of the law is. This is of notable interest to the student of criminal justice, who will journey through the anatomy of the Constitution and its Amendments. Students will learn the guarantees the Constitution provides by way of civil rights and civil liberties. Amendments affecting the criminal justice system that include: search and seizures, arrest warrants, due process of law, Miranda rights, confessions, entrapment, double jeopardy, the right to a fair trial, bail, fines, and punishment will be given consideration as the magnitude of this document and the implications for protecting the personal freedoms of those governed by it are illustrated.

Criminal Investigation (3 Credit Hours) Criminal investigation is a systemic inquiry into a crime that has been committed, in the hope that these principles for investigation will bring about justice. This course emphasizes the policies and procedures established by the field, in addition to present day tools and techniques available for the law enforcement professional, students benefit from real-life cases that will provide “hands on” approach to learning. Topics of recent controversy such as stalking, DNA profiling and the media frenzy surrounding investigations are also covered.

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Juvenile Delinquency (3 Credit Hours) A growing interest in the study of delinquent behavior underscores the value of this course. Students will consider theories and concepts of this ever-changing branch of the criminal justice field. The potential root of this behavior, analysis thereof, nature of such crimes, and their farreaching effects will be considered. Pivotal issues, critical to the evolution of this area of study, include the issue of juvenile detention, the role of the adult court system, developmental implications, and, of particular significance, prevention.

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Crime and Drugs (3 Credit Hours) The deterioration of neighborhoods throughout this nation can be attributed to some degree by two inextricably linked associates-crime and drugs. This course will educate students on what does and does not work in the criminal justice system, and how, ironically enough, the more that is known about the problem, the less is understood. The complex problem of crime and policy, the war on crime, models of criminal justice and the concept of the “career criminal� will be discussed. The course continues with the conservative attack on crime: deterring criminals, intermediary alternatives of punishment, and the incapacitation of offenders. Finally, students will examine reform and the rehabilitation of these individuals, as well as the consequences and limits of drug policy, treatment and education, versus legalization.

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White Collar Crime (3 Credit Hours) Crime: the word itself inspires images of dark, deserted streets and shady characters in a gangster film. What seldom comes to mind is the well-groomed professional, government official or corporate figurehead; yet “suit crime” is rapidly gaining exposure as the prevalence of this non -traditional criminal activity soars. The psychological and sociological implications of this level of corruption are laid bare in this fascinating area of study. The discovery and study of white-collar crimes in various forms such as corporate crime, occupational crime, political, finance and enterprise reveal the far-reaching network of activity. Students will probe the theories behind white-collar crime, and the effort to exercise social control, and establish policing and regulation. Corrections (3 Credit Hours) At the heart of the criminal justice system lies corrections. Corrections is not just about punishment-it is about ensuring that victims of crimes are protected from criminals and that the rights of individuals on both sides of the law are upheld. Students will embark on a journey through the historical significance of crime and punishment and the development of the modernday correctional system. Consideration will be given to the range of sentencing, from probation to the death penalty and all alternatives in between. Of increasing concern are the people “behind the walls”-the special challenges of the transgressors and the individuals responsible for their oversight. Students will likewise examine the issue of rehabilitation and subsequent releases of offenders versus the welfare and rights of society. Police (3 Credit Hours) The police are an elite group of individuals with an earnest desire to contribute to society through the sector of public service. They are on the “front lines” as it were in the criminal justice system. Police play an essential part in protecting communities by maintaining a sense of order and upholding the laws of the land. From the introduction of police in 1800s in London, England right down to twentieth century law enforcers, this course furnishes a unique perspective of police, as the writer of the accompanying textbook is an authority in the field with nearly a quarter century of experience in police work. Students will review police history and organization, U.S. police and private security, as well as police department organization. The personal side of policing, qualifications for police candidates, goals and objectives of these crime fighters and peacekeepers, including the dynamics of police culture and operations, provide valuable insight to those specializing in the field of criminal justice. Private Security (3 Credit Hours) This course gives an overview of the history of private security, explores the business of the private security industry, private security law, tools and systems integration in the industry, and fives an overview of investigative security, surveillance and undercover operations, private and public partnerships for security, and homeland security. Homeland Security (3 Credit Hours) This course gives a historical background on the phenomenon of terrorism and the roots of contemporary conflicts shaping the world stage and presents theoretical and concrete information about Homeland Security Organizations.

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Organized Crime (3 Credit Hours) This course provides a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the origins, history, theoretical explanations, and structure of domestic and international organized crime, including drug trafficking, gambling, and loan sharking. It explains the methods employed by law enforcement agencies to combat organized crime, and the policy decisions reached by various investigating committees and commissions, including the President’s Commission on Organized Crime. General Education Courses (Required for Associate Degree in Criminal Justice) English (3 Credit Hours) This course is designed to develop your ability to write clearly. Emphasis is on effective writing and revising techniques including purpose, organization, and mechanics. Various modes and strategies of descriptive, narrative and illustrative essays are covered. The culminating assignment is a research paper. Interpersonal Communications (3 Credit Hours) This course teaches the basics of communication principles and concepts. Topics include Intercultural issues, conflict management, and communicating in groups and in public. American History (3 Credit Hours) This course is a survey of United States history since 1877 focusing on the social, political, and historical forces that have shaped the United States. Mathematics Essentials (3 Credit Hours) This course is a basic review of Mathematic skills, including terminology, checking accounts, taxes, payroll, and step-by-step approaches. This course will help students develop math skills used in personal and business applications.

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Forensic Science (3 Credit Hours) What may have been considered science fiction a half century ago is reality for forensic science today. This area of study is indispensable to students of criminal justice, regardless of their scientific aptitude. The history and development of forensic science, functions of the forensic scientist and services of the crime laboratory set the stage for comprehending the scope of the forensic science. Students will explore crime scene and physical evidence; gain understanding in the organic and inorganic analysis of evidence, and ascertain the merit of the microscope. Forensic toxicology, DNA as the new scientific tool, hairs, fibers, fingerprints, in addition to document and voice examinations, all demonstrate the partnership of investigators and forensic scientists-the collecting of evidence with the techniques of science to draw meaningful conclusions in criminal investigations.

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Psychology (3 Credit Hours) Presents the theories and principles of modern psychology. Students learn about the different branches of psychology and the practical application of psychological tenets to functional behavior.

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Admissions Policies Applying for Admission Candidates seeking admission to The Paralegal Institute can: Send an enrollment application and the enrollment fee to: The Paralegal Institute 18275 North 59th Avenue Suite 186, Building N Glendale, Arizona 85308

ADMISSIONS POLICIES

Enroll by phone: 602-212-0501 or 800-354-1254 An interested candidate should submit: • A completed enrollment application • The enrollment fee ($150 for associate degree, $100 for diploma program) • Documentation of a high school diploma or GED, or the foreign equivalent • Students who have attended an accredited university or college in the United States recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may submit an official school transcript in lieu of a high school diploma. The transcript must be mailed directly to The Paralegal Institute from the university or college. Candidates for admission should have: • Ability to speak, read and write English fluently • The ability to use a personal computer and the Internet • The ability to receive and send email • The ability to be self-motivated and work independently Enrollment Dates You may enroll and begin a program at any time. There are no specific starting or ending dates. Enrollment applications are accepted throughout the year. An enrollment agreement is subject to final approval and acceptance. If, for any reason, you are not accepted into The Paralegal Institute, all monies remitted with the Enrollment Application will be promptly returned.

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Transfer Credit Policy Students pursuing an associate’s degree may receive up to 15 hours of transfer credit for courses that satisfy the subject matter, and curriculum requirements of the student’s degree program. The credits must have been awarded by institutions accredited by agencies that are recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Paralegal Institute reserves the right to accept or reject any or all academic credits offered for transfer. Due to considerable differences in course content and instructional quality of work done at other colleges or schools, The Paralegal Institute does not consider grade points or hours attempted for work completed at other institutions. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average. Foreign Credentials The Paralegal Institute welcomes applications from individuals with credentials from non-U.S. institutions. Such applicants must first obtain an independent foreign credentials evaluation from Education Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), Post Office Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970, USA, telephone 414.289.3400, fax 414.289.3411, or another independent U.S. evaluator approved by the college. Request forms and cost information are available at the ECE website (www.ece.org). Foreign undergraduate applicants must obtain a general evaluation while subject evaluations will be required for individual transfer courses.

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by The Paralegal Institute. Likewise, credits earned at The Paralegal Institute may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credit elsewhere before applying to The Paralegal Institute are advised to contact the Admissions Office and check on the acceptability of credits from that institution. Likewise, any student relying on The Paralegal Institute credit for transfer to or enrollment in another institution is urged to check with that institution prior to enrollment at The Paralegal Institute.

ADMISSIONS POLICIES

All programs at The Paralegal Institute are taught in English. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), or a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS).

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Financial Information Program Tuition Legal Assistant / Paralegal Diploma Program Criminal Justice Diploma Program Legal Nurse Consultant Diploma Program Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

$4,500 $4,500 $4,950 $9,000 $9,000

Tuition Guarantee Students are guaranteed that the tuition rate in effect at the time they begin the program will remain in effect provided that there is not an interruption (leave of absence) in their studies.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Tuition Payment

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Diploma programs: Pay in full at time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount. Associate degrees: Pay in full at time of enrollment and receive a $200 discount. The Paralegal Institute’s Payment Plan: Enroll with a low enrollment fee of $150 for an associate degree and $100 for a diploma program and participate in our automatic interestfree monthly payment plan. Never pay any finance or interest charges! • Or, if you would like to take more time to pay off your tuition at a lower monthly rate, you may apply for a loan from TFC Credit Corporation. This loan option offers an interest rate of 7% and everyone qualifies. Call us at 800-354-1254 to apply. • The Paralegal Institute is a military friendly school. Visit our military web page at www.theparalegalinstitute.edu/military.aspx to learn about discounts for military personnel and spouses. Fees Change of Program Fee ………………………………………………………. $50 Additional Transcript Fee ……………………………………………………… $10 Late Payment Fee ……………………………………………………………… $25 Returned Check Declined Credit Card Fee …………………………………. $25 Re-Admission Fee ……………………………………………………………….$200 Technology Fee Associate Degree Program ... …………………………….$60 Textbooks Textbooks for the Diploma in Paralegal Studies cost approximately $115 per course. Textbooks for the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies cost approximately $110 per course. Textbooks for the Diploma in Criminal Justice cost approximately $102 per course. Textbooks for the Associate Degree in Criminal Justice cost approximately $87 per course. Textbooks for the Legal Nurse Consultant program cost approximately $88 per course. The estimated cost for textbooks is based on new books purchased directly from the publisher. Students may purchase the textbook new or used and from the vendor of their choice. E-books may be available as well. Prices vary depending on the vendor. Please call the office for a list of recommended vendors.

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The Paralegal Institute Payment Plans

Diploma Programs: Legal Assistant / Paralegal Diploma Program (30 Credit Hours) Criminal Justice Diploma Program (30 Credit Hours) Tuition is based on $150 per credit hour.

Total Tuition: Enrollment Fee: Technology Fee: Balance Financed: Number of Payments: Amount of Monthly Payment: Total of Payments:

$4,500 $100 $60 $4,560 15 $304 $4,560

Legal Nurse Consultant Diploma Program (33 Credit Hours) Tuition is based on $150 per credit hour. $4,950 $100 $60 $5,010 18 $334 $5,010

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Total Tuition: Enrollment Fee: Technology Fee: Balance Financed: Number of Payments: Amount of Monthly Payment: Total of Payments:

Associate Degree Programs: Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies (60 Credit Hours) Associate Degree in Criminal Justice (60 Credit Hours) Tuition is based on $150 per credit hour.

Total Tuition: Enrollment Fee: Technology Fee: Balance Financed: Number of Payments: Amount of Monthly Payment: Total of Payments:

$9,000 $150 $60 $9,060 30 $302 $9,060

If you would like to take more time to pay off your tuition at a lower monthly rate, you may apply for a loan from TFC Credit Corporation. This loan option offers an interest rate of 7% and everyone qualifies. Call us at 800-354-1254 for more information.

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Financial Information Financial Obligation Your first monthly payment is due within 30 days of enrollment unless the tuition was paid in full. An invoice will be sent prior to your due date. Each additional payment will be due on the same day of each month thereafter operating on a 30 day billing cycle until your account balance is paid in full. Please do not submit payments along with lessons to ensure proper posting. Invoicing is a courtesy to our students and in no instance will affect the obligation to pay in accordance to your signed Enrollment Agreement. Alternatively, payments may be made via phone by check or credit card without any additional fee. Students may elect to have their tuition taken directly from a credit card or checking account each month by submitting such request in writing.

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Financial Probation It is imperative for your academic success that your account remains current. The Paralegal Institute reserves the right to discontinue grading or shipment of materials once your account is past due or terminate enrollment for non-payment. Upon termination or cancellation, the account balance will be re-calculated according to The Paralegal Institute’s Tuition Protection Agreement on your signed Enrollment. If there is a remaining balance an invoice will be sent to you and should be paid within 30 days to prevent further collection efforts. Added cost for collecting delinquent accounts will be your obligation and must be paid prior to reinstatement. No transcripts or other documents, including grade reports, will be issued to students on financial probation. Returned Checks A charge of $25.00 will be made for all returned checks. Should a student have checks dishonored on two or more occasions, the Institute reserves the right to require payment by cashier’s check, money order, or credit card.

Textbooks and Instruction The Paralegal Institute's faculty members will grade and comment on examinations and subjects, answer student questions, evaluate the student’s progress during the program, and assist the student with his or her studies while enrolled in the program. Textbooks must be purchased by you, the student, from the vendor of your choice. A list of vendors will be provided and prices will vary by vendor. We recommend you keep all of your textbooks until you complete the program so that you can refer to them as you move through the programs.

Shipping and Handling There are no shipping and handling charges. The Paralegal Institute will pay all shipping and handling charges for required materials other than textbooks domestically. There will be an additional fee for shipping, handling and all applicable custom duties for international students.

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Refund Policy If for any reason you discontinue your studies, The Paralegal Institute has established this cancellation and refund policy for your protection. A student may terminate an enrollment at any time by notifying the Institute in any manner (preferably in writing). Address: 18275 North 59th Avenue Suite 186 Building N Glendale, AZ 85308 Website: www.theparalegalinstitute.edu Phone: 602-212-0501 Fax: 602-212-0502 If The Paralegal Institute is notified of cancellation within five (5) calendar days after midnight of the day on which the enrollment agreement is accepted (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and Federal or State holidays), an applicant requesting cancellation in whatever manner within this time will be given a refund of all money paid to The Paralegal Institute. This refund will be paid within thirty (30) days of the notification. From five (5) calendar days after midnight on the day on which the enrollment agreement is accepted and until the time The Paralegal Institute receives the first competed lesson assignment from the student, upon cancellation, The Paralegal Institute is entitled to a administrative fee of $75.00 or 20% of tuition, whichever amount is higher, not to exceed $200.00.

(a) Up to and including completion of the first 10% of the course, 10% of the tuition after deducting the registration fee. (b) After completing more than 10% of the course and up to and including completion of 25% of the course, 25% of the tuition after deducting the registration fee. (c) After completing more than 25% of the course and up to and including completion of 50% of the course, 50% of the tuition after deducting the registration fee. If the student completes more than half of the course, The Paralegal Institute shall be entitled to retain the total course tuition. The total course price is based on a per credit hour basis. Any course in the program which have not been started will be entitled to a full refund. Term of Enrollment Agreements Each enrollment agreement will have a fixed term stated on the agreement. After the term expires, no refund of tuition will be issued.

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After The Paralegal Institute receives the first completed lesson assignment and until the student completes half of the course, if the student requests cancellation, the school shall be entitled to the registration fee and charge which shall not exceed the following:

Holder in Due Course Statement Any holder of this consumer credit contract is subject to all claims and defenses which the debtor could assert against the seller of goods or services obtained pursuant hereto or with the proceeds, hereof Recovery hereunder by the debtor shall not exceed amounts paid by the debtor (FTC Rule effective 5-14-76).

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Academic Regulations Integrity Scholarship The Paralegal Institute is a licensed and accredited institution founded on the principles of scholastic honesty. Academic dishonesty is an affront to the integrity of scholarship and a threat to quality of learning. To maintain its credibility and uphold its reputation, The Paralegal Institute reserves the right to terminate enrollment for violations of integrity not limited to but including; falsifying information contained on your enrollment agreement or on any other documentation submitted to The Paralegal Institute, receiving unauthorized assistance or collaboration on an exam, written assignment, or proctored exam, committing plagiarism, violating any other standards of academic honesty or The Paralegal Institute’s policies.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Grievance Procedure The Paralegal Institute’s grievance procedure is as follows: Within five (5) business days of the alleged action(s), the complaint or concern should be addressed to the instructor or staff member involved. If the student feels more action is needed, an appointment may be scheduled for a phone conference with the Director of Student Affairs. The student should request this appointment within five (5) business days of the instructor or staff member’s response. The Director of Student Affairs will schedule the conference within five(5) days of the student’s request. If the previous steps have not solved the complaint, the student must present in writing, all facts of the grievance to the President at: The Paralegal Institute 18275 North 59th Avenue, Suite 186 Glendale, Arizona 85308 The student should present the facts within seven (7) business days of the phone conference with the Director of Student Affairs. The President will either address the grievance him/ herself or take action to form a grievance committee within five (5) days of the receipt of the facts. The grievance committee, if formed, will be comprised of the appropriate number of individuals from the appropriate areas to ensure a fair and unbiased evaluation. After a decision has been rendered by the grievance committee, the student may request that the President review the process and outcomes of the grievance. If the student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting The Paralegal Institute’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is: 1400 W. Washington, Room 260 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602.542.5709 Website: http://azppse.state.az.us

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Academic Regulations Lesson Exams Lesson exams provided in accompanying lesson plans are taken open-book. When completing your lesson exams, you may use your textbook, notes, and other available materials for assistance. It is important that you put forth your best effort when you take lesson exams. These exams will help you to test your knowledge as you move through the courses.

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ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Writing is an important part of your academic development, and ultimately, your effectiveness as a legal professional. The skills you develop in this course are directly transferable to your discipline area. The bulk of legal communication is written. You will learn the best approach to the writing process and guidelines to follow in order to communicate the legal issues or problems raised, the results of your research, and your analysis. Comprehensive Final Exams After successful completion of all of your lessons in a course you will take a final exam. You should study your lesson exams and review any areas of weakness before you take your exams. The Final Exam will test your comprehension of the course you completed and will give you the opportunity to apply the material you are learning. The Final Exam is essay only – in most cases giving you a case or scenario and asking you to apply the skills you have learned. If you are enrolled in an associate degree program, you will also be required to take Proctored Exams which consists of multiple choice and true/false questions. Proctored Exams Proctored exams are a requirement for the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and the Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. These exams are taken without the assistance of text, material, or other assistance. Proctored exams must be administered by a Paralegal Institute verified and approved proctor. If you decide to take it in person, the proctor should be a disinterested party who has no direct personal or professional involvement with you. An eligible proctor could be an Administrator, Director of Education, librarian, counselor, school official, or Director of Human Resources/Personnel. You can also take the exam online using ProctorU. A web cam is required and there is an additional $25 fee for this optional service. See www.proctoru.com/tpi for more information. . If you are an associate degree student your first notice of proctored examination requirement form will be sent to you by mail or email. It contains further information regarding selection of an appropriate individual to proctor your exams, your anticipated schedule for administration, and applicable administrative fees.

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Grading Policy The academic standing of a student is expressed in terms of a grade point average (GPA). A grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned at The Paralegal Institute by the total number of hours attempted at The Paralegal Institute. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. A To graduate a student must successfully complete the program of study. The official transcript, diploma or degree will not be issued until the tuition and fees have been paid in full. Grading Scale The cumulative grade for each course is calculated as follows: A 93.7 - 100 4.0 B 86.2 - 93.6 3.0 C 78.7 - 86.1 2.0 D 73.7 - 78.6 1.0 F below 73.7% (Failure, below the standard of progress) Satisfactory Student Progress It is the student’s responsibility to complete coursework in a timely fashion to ensure accordance to program requirements. Students may complete their program in less time if their commitment and schedules allow, but the maximum time to complete the diploma programs is one year, and the maximum time to complete the associate degrees is two years.

Students successfully completing their program and fulfilling all financial obligations to The Paralegal Institute will receive an official transcript and a diploma or degree. To request additional copies of an official transcript and/or diploma or degree please submit all requests in writing and enclose a $10.00 check or money order per certificate request. Allow 5 to 10 days for delivery. Academic Extension During the term of enrollment a student may request a cumulative six-month leave of absence. Submit a letter to the Director of Operations stating the amount of time needed. Students may request, in writing, temporary suspension of all financial obligations during a leave of absence.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Student Records and Transcripts

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Academic Regulations Withdrawal / Cancellation You may withdraw from a course or cancel your program at any time by contacting the Director of Student Management in any manner. The Paralegal Institute strives to maintain the ultimate in student services and appreciates your feedback so please submit a brief explanation for your withdrawal or cancellation. Your withdrawal or cancellation will be process upon receipt of your formal request. The account balance will be re-calculated according to The Paralegal Institute’s refund policy on your enrollment agreement. If there is a remaining balance, an invoice will be sent to you and should be paid within 30 days. Refunds, if applicable, will be issued within 30 days from receipt of formal request.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Re-Enrollment If you do not successfully complete your program you have one opportunity to reinstate your enrollment providing the curriculum has not changed and all financial obligations have been met. Contact The Paralegal Institute in writing to re-enroll. State the reason for the previous withdrawal. State what conditions have changed which would allow the applicant to continue successfully in the program. State that the applicant agrees to comply with the established educational plan and submit a payment of $200 re-admission fee. Upon re-admission, the student will be responsible for the remaining tuition of the program, including any tuition increases. If the student has lost or misplaced the training materials/books, he or she will be responsible for purchasing a new set of materials. If new textbooks were added or updated in the program of study since the withdrawal date, the student will be responsible for their purchase.

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STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY Messages: • Submitted email messages become the property of The Paralegal Institute • Assume all messages you post are available to other on-line learners • Do not submit confidential or restricted information. • If you are submitting someone else’s ideas, be sure you get that person’s permission. • Please remember that comments by learners represent their opinions, not those of The Paralegal Institute. • Sending provoking, distracting or misleading messages is forbidden. • Messages designed to provoke irrelevant or angry responses are also not permitted.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Behavior: A student must not disrupt the learning of others. Please welcome all on-line learners regardless of age, race, background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. • Statements of bigotry, racism and hatred are strictly prohibited are grounds for termination from the program. • Never pretend to be someone else in your interactions with other students. • Never alter another’s work and claim it as your own. • Avoid profane or obscene language. • Behave the way you would behave in a classroom setting. • Never send pornographic mail or pictures. • Do not use The Paralegal Institute online classroom to promote yourself, your company or Your beliefs. It is fine to mention your experiences as they relate to the course material. • Sales pitches, chain letters or advertisements are strictly prohibited. • You may disagree with the opinions of other learners, however, do not personally attack another learner or use harassing language.

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Any violations of the above conduct policy will be grounds for immediate termination. DISMISSAL POLICY A student may be dismissed from the College if he or she fails to comply with school policies and procedures. A student may apple for re-admission one year after dismissal.

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Program Extensions

ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACADEMIC STAFF

The Enrollment Agreement for The Paralegal Institute provides access to the classroom, instruction, and student services for the duration of the student’s program. The diploma programs offered at The Paralegal Institute are designed to be completed in a maximum time of 12 months. The degree programs offered at The Paralegal Institute are designed to be completed in a maximum time of 24 months. The Legal Nurse Consultant program is designed to be completed in a maximum time of 18 months.

Program:

Time to Complete:

Extension 1:

Extension 2:

Diploma in Paralegal Studies Diploma in Criminal Justice Diploma in Legal Nurse Consultant Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies Associate degree in Criminal Justice

12 months 12 months 18 months 24 months 24 months

6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months

6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months

No Fee

$500.00

Fee:

Extensions beyond the required time to complete a program will only be approved for students who have maintained satisfactory academic progress, have paid in full, or are current with their payment plan during the time period of the program. Students must have completed 50% of the course in order to be considered for an extension. There is no fee for the first program extension of up to 6 months. If a student exhausts the time period of the first program extension, he or she may request a second program extension of up to 6 months for a fee of $500.00. Once all extensions are exhausted, a student will be required to re-enroll in The Paralegal Institute’s current program and pay the appropriate tuition. Students who have not completed a course at the end of the second extension will receive zeroes for all incomplete assignments and a final letter grade will be calculated. All extensions are subject to the current extension policy at the time the extension is purchased. Current program extension fee is $500.00.

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Administrative and Academic Staff Administrators and Faculty Kathleen Mirabile, President Executive Juris Doctor, Concord Law School Bachelor of Science, University of New Mexico Chris Caraway, Vice President for Marketing Operations Bachelor of Arts, Youngstown State University Patricia McCoy, Director of Financial Operations Bachelor of Arts, University of North Texas Timothy Reynolds, Military and Corporate Liaison Bachelor of Science, Brigham Young University Kayla Hobbiebrunken, Director of Student Management Certificate in Health Information Management Services Central Community College, Hastings NE Hillary Scott, Senior Admissions Representative Master’s Web Design Certificate, Sessions Online School of Art and Design Brooke Laing, Admissions Representative Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Northern Arizona University Master of Arts in Business Administration, Argosy University

Faculty Allan Baron Juris Doctor, Suffolk University Law School Bachelor of Arts, University of Connecticut Daniel Joseph Marco Juris Doctor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Bachelor of Arts, Cleveland State University Kathleen Mirabile Executive Juris Doctor, Concord Law School Bachelor of Science, University of New Mexico Gautam Sen Juris Doctor, Western New England College School of Law Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, University of Cincinnati Larry D. Tidwell Master of Arts in Behavioral Science-Sociology, University of Houston Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Corrections, Sam Houston State University 2009 School Catalog


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