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Northern Virginia Community College

I am teaching the following courses in the Fall 2019 semester:

Introduction to Law & the Paralegal (LGL 110)

Criminal Law (LGL 218)

Legal Research (LGL 125) [prerequisite for Legal Writing]

Trial Practice and the Law of Evidence (LGL 217)

I look forward to seeing you in class!

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Paralegals are in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the paralegal profession will grow much faster than average through 2026 with a 15 percent annual growth rate. Read more of the article from Madonna University’s publication: Paralegals are in Demand

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Single mom of five graduates law school

This single mom overcame several obstacles to reach her goal. If she can do it, you can too. Read her inspirational story here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/11/single-mom-five-who-graduating-law-school-epic-photos-didnt-do-myself/508296002/.

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L-SAT might be offered in digital format next year

Beginning in fall 2019 the Law School Admittance Test (L-SAT) will begin transitioning to a digital format.

Read more here…L-SAT offered in digital format

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Are non-lawyers allowed to practice law?

As a general rule, paralegals and other non-lawyers are not allowed to practice law. However, in Washington State limited license legal technicians are allowed to represent clients in Family Law matters. You will find additional information here:  https://www.wsba.org/for-legal-professionals/join-the-legal-profession-in-wa/limited-license-legal-technicians/become-a-legal-technician.

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Could the LSAT requirement for law school admission go away?

Did you know that some law schools no longer require applicants to take the LSAT? Most of those schools require either the LSAT or GRE. Now the American Bar Association (ABA) is considering doing away with the LSAT requirement. Read more here…ABA Considers Tossing LSAT Requirement

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the Paralegal Profession at #7 for Social Services jobs. Learn more about the paralegal profession including tips for landing your first job or internship. Read more here…http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/paralegal.

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The Paralegal Studies program is featured in Paralegal Today ™ online magazine: http://paralegaltoday.com/paralegal-schools/

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Tips on how to be successful

How to be a successful paralegal student

  • Attend every class session (arrive on time)
  • Read the assignment before class
  • Participate in class discussions and activities
  • Take notes
  • Follow instructions and ask questions when necessary
  • Complete homework in a timely manner
  • Improve your organizational skills
  • Meet with the professor if you need help!

How to be a successful paralegal

  • Arrive at work early and be ready to go when your shift begins
  • Plan your day before you arrive
  • Take notes
  • Follow instructions and ask questions when necessary
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner
  • Improve your organizational skills
  • Meet with the supervisor if you need help!

I hope you see the correlation between a successful student and a successful paralegal.

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Alaska Divorce Courts will now treat pets more like children!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article explaining how pets are considered property under the law.

Now, I am posting information about a new Alaska state statute that requires divorce courts to consider the animal’s well being and empowers judges to assign joint custody over pets. Read more here: https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/pets/2017/01/25/in-a-first-alaska-divorce-courts-will-now-treat-pets-more-like-children/

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