Are you still waiting for that "on-the-job" training to start?
You landed your first paralegal job working in litigation. Congratulations! And then it hits you...
Your paralegal education program didn't actually teach you what it is you would be doing every day as a litigation paralegal.
Or maybe you've been a litigation paralegal for a few years and you're learning new things, but still receiving piecemeal projects instead of managing cases?
You're not alone. Most new litigation paralegals struggle to get the on-the-job training they need in order to know what it is they should be doing in a typical case.
We understand the struggle and frustration.
It's hard when you're wanting to do it right and waiting for someone to show you exactly what "right" means. Especially if you're waiting for the attorney to train you. Attorneys are busy.
Or, you're waiting for another paralegal to train you. They're also busy.
So you sit.
And you wait.
And then you try to figure it out without any training.
In other words,
- You learn by trial and error and hope that the mistakes don't cost you to lose your job
- With each mistake, you start losing confidence in your career decision
- You don't want to "bother" people too much by asking too many questions
- You worry that the attorney is going to be disappointed in your work product
You are not alone! This happens to all new paralegals.
After completing our Basic Training Boot Camp for Litigation Paralegals, you won’t have to wait for the attorney to tell you what to do – you’ll already have it done because you will be proactively managing your litigation cases.
We use a sample complaint and take you from the start of a case all the way through the trial, and everything in between. We will show you the things that you can be doing in each phase of your case.
We take all of the guesswork and struggles out of the way so that you can enjoy that new paralegal job! In addition to the video lessons that give you real-world examples, you'll also receive dozens of forms, templates and case checklists that you can download and use in your own cases.
The challenge I've encountered since completing my paralegal certificate 2 years ago is...how shall I put this? Really just not knowing what my job is suppos...Read More
The challenge I've encountered since completing my paralegal certificate 2 years ago is...how shall I put this? Really just not knowing what my job is supposed to be, trying to reinvent the wheel without confirmation of whether I'm doing it correctly. "On-the-job-training" has meant I'm going to make my best guess under pressure with little or no guidance, and that's been hard for me because I care deeply about doing good work. Providing legal support feels like trying to assemble a 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the outside of the box. I was looking for that picture on the box. The tools provided in this course are helping me understand where to focus my energy. I wish I'd known about you right out of school. The segment on production is a little vague in terms of what I actually encounter - probably more applicable in larger firms, but it's good reference. I got the most out of the master case book, discovery management, and e-discovery chapters. I think you are providing an enormous service to the profession by offering these classes - I haven't seen anything like them anywhere (and have a hard time understanding why not!) Good on you, Miracle Worker!Read Less
As an individual transitioning to the legal profession, I found this course to be both helpful and valuable. I have learned information that will assist in t...Read More
As an individual transitioning to the legal profession, I found this course to be both helpful and valuable. I have learned information that will assist in the everyday process of a case. I would recommend this course to other legal professionals.Read Less
This course was very informative and full of resources. It helped me fill in the gaps of my on-the-job training.
This course was very informative and full of resources. It helped me fill in the gaps of my on-the-job training.Read Less
The Paralegal Boot Camp offers a vast amount of valuable skills and information that any paralegal should own.
The Paralegal Boot Camp offers a vast amount of valuable skills and information that any paralegal should own.Read Less
The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp was very informative and full of resources. It helped me fill in the gaps of my on-the-job training.
The Litigation Paralegal Boot Camp was very informative and full of resources. It helped me fill in the gaps of my on-the-job training.Read Less
The Paralegal Boot Camp offers a vast amount of valuable skills and information that any paralegal should own.
I learned more in your course than I learned in months of attending my paralegal certificate program.
I learned more in your course than I learned in months of attending my paralegal certificate program.Read Less
The knowledge in this training program is invaluable to new and experienced paralegals alike. You will be impressed with the level of resources provided.
The knowledge in this training program is invaluable to new and experienced paralegals alike. You will be impressed with the level of resources provided.Read Less
Every litigation paralegal should attend this Boot Camp. It has really increased my skill set. The forms and checklists were invaluable!
Every litigation paralegal should attend this Boot Camp. It has really increased my skill set. The forms and checklists were invaluable!Read Less
I highly recommend the Paralegal Boot Camp. It is here that I gained the knowledge about my role in preparing for trial and managing information in cases. ...Read More
I highly recommend the Paralegal Boot Camp. It is here that I gained the knowledge about my role in preparing for trial and managing information in cases. The resource materials are simply invaluable.Read Less
I can't say enough good things about the Paralegal Boot Camp! After transitioning to a paralegal position after 20+ years of legal "assisting," the knowledge...Read More
I can't say enough good things about the Paralegal Boot Camp! After transitioning to a paralegal position after 20+ years of legal "assisting," the knowledge gained from the classes have been invaluable to my career.Read Less
This course is one of the most practical and valuable courses available to further your paralegal education. It is full of information and resources.
This course is one of the most practical and valuable courses available to further your paralegal education. It is full of information and resources.Read Less
Imagine that your attorney walks in your office next week to start to give you an assignment. The attorney tells you how they need you to put together a few things for a deposition in one of the cases.
Before the attorney can finish telling you about this last-minute assignment...you reach over and hand them a deposition prep notebook that has all of the information they need for the deposition.
The attorney will think you're a mind-reader. Or a rockstar paralegal.
And that's only the beginning!
After taking this course, you will know what the attorney needs on a case before they even ask you. You'll know because we'll show you each step of the way. We'll show you how to proactively move a case forward.
Module 1: Developing Habits Early in Your Career
We start by setting a foundation for success in your new paralegal career. In this introduction module, we put a new spin on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by showing paralegals how they can develop their own work habits to advance their careers and enjoy their work more. The habits that we identify come from years of research on the topic of how to find a rewarding, successful paralegal career. What we found was that all successful paralegals have these habits in common.
Module 2: Paralegal Communication Skills
You do not have to be born a great communicator. Instead, you can practice great communication skills each day to continue to improve this skill. In this module, we'll give you 7 steps to make it easy to continuously advance your communication skills throughout your career.
Module 3: Excel Basics for Paralegals
Excel will help you with many projects and tasks that you will do as a paralegal. This module gives paralegals the training and basic understanding of the capabilities of how to use Microsoft Excel to streamline a paralegal’s work. Upon completion of this module, users will be able to:
- Organize and Review Data
- Name, Color and Format Spreadsheets
- Implement Quick Tricks and Useful Keystrokes
- Copy, Paste and Embed Data
- Create Hyperlinks to Worksheets and Other Files
- Use Excel for Lists, Timelines and Other Tables
Module 4: Proactive Case Management
Handling a case proactively involves taking charge and doing things that will move a case forward without having to be told what to do each step of the way. It also involves an understanding that to be truly proactive, a paralegal should develop and refine key behaviors that are needed to be a successful litigation paralegal. We start with a sample complaint and show you things you can be doing on a case from the moment the complaint gets filed.
Module 5: Drafting Discovery
We make drafting discovery requests and responses easy with a technique that will work on all types of litigation cases. We include group exercises to show paralegals how to become the master of discovery drafting on their litigation team, even when they must draft discovery from scratch without a form or a template.
Module 6: E-discovery Basics
All litigation paralegals, regardless of the specific practice area that you work in, should have a general understanding of e-discovery and how it fits into the discovery phase of a litigation matter. In this session, we introduce paralegals to the basics of e-discovery, the industry models and the court rules affecting electronically stored information and more.
Module 7: Developing a Project Plan
E-discovery projects can be the most expensive part of litigation. And if we’re not careful, they can also be where the biggest mistakes happen. In this module, we give you a template to be able to plan for the project (small or large!) to reduce the likelihood of mistakes happening.
Module 8: Managing the Processing & Review Phase
- Understanding the various processing options depending on the available technology
- Methods for reducing the review time of a document production
- Estimating the completion date for the review project so that deadlines are not missed
Module 9: Quality Control & Production
- Understanding the pros and cons of the various production methods
- Effectively communicating issues with the project team
- How to develop quality control measures to prevent mistakes
- Post-production tasks and metrics
Module 10: Time Management for Legal Professionals
As a new paralegal, one of the most important things you can do is to effectively manage your time. You will be juggling deadlines and priorities that are typically set by a court deadline. In this motivational module, we show paralegals how to increase their productivity while they are in the office so that they can achieve a better work/life balance and be out of the office sooner.
- How to calculate your daily productivity and set daily goals to increase it
- Solid methods to improve your productivity
- How to limit distractions and increase your focus
- Prioritizing your workday so that you can get all your work done and still have a life outside the office
Module 11: Preparing for Depositions
Preparing for depositions is more than the notice and the subpoena. Those are forms that anyone can cut and paste. Instead, we provide paralegals with a 3-step plan to eliminate those last-minute scrambles the night before a deposition. We also provide paralegals with an insight into what happens during a deposition so that they can better organize the attorney heading out the door to the deposition. We also cover the various technology applications that are available to assist you during and after depositions (most of them are free!).
As we move from the discovery phase into the pretrial phase, we give you tools and checklists that will not only help you with your trial prep - these case checklists will also allow you to see the bigger picture of why you do some of the things you do during the discovery phase as you lead into the trial prep phase of a case.
Module 12: Pretrial Preparations
- Proactive things to do before the notice of trial
- The Trial Prep Checklist as your daily to-do list for the weeks leading up to trial
- How to stay on track even with an attorney who procrastinates
- Preparing the Trial Notebook early in the case
Module 13: Mastering Trial Technology
- Deciding whether to outsource the technology
- Steps to hiring and managing trial technology vendors
- Checklist of equipment if you are the “hot-seat” person
- Comparing technology alternatives for trial presentations
- Using PowerPoint for opening and closing statements
- Ensuring a smooth technology presentation
Module 14: Managing the Evidence During Pretrial
- Drafting a Trial Exhibit List that will keep your exhibits organized
- Organizing the trial exhibits for use throughout the trial prep phase
- Demonstrative evidence
- Deposition Designations for the pretrial order
- Preparing for the Pretrial Conference
Module 15: Trial War Rooms
- Conducting site visits before the trial starts
- Finding the ideal trial war room
- Preparing for the witness prep meetings
- Mastering the out of town trials
- Setting up your remote trial war room
Module 16: A Paralegal’s Role in the Courtroom
- Logistics to plan for the unexpected
- Setting up your workspace in the courtroom
- Your role in voir dire
- Tracking the evidence
- General professional guidelines
- Preparing for the jury deliberations
Module 17: Social Media Ethics
As a new paralegal, one of the ethical minefields that you have to be aware of is your use of social media when you work in the legal profession. According to a recent study, more than one-third of all employers said they have fired or reprimanded an employee for something that happened on social media. In this module, we uncover potential ethical pitfalls to avoid when using social media sites and messenger apps.
Key Players List and Case Chronology
Deposition Prep Notebook
E-discovery Project Plan Memo
Privilege Log Template
Discovery Tracking Chart
Production History Log
Paralegal Time Management Tools
Deposition Summary Chart
How will I get access to the course?
If you enroll online, immediately after payment, you will be redirected to your Course Dashboard and can start the course right away. You will also receive an email confirmation and receipt for your purchase.
Will this give me a paralegal certificate?
No. This course is not meant to replace a full paralegal certificate program. We highly recommend that you complete your paralegal certificate program (or at least the civil litigation classes of the program) before starting this course.
What if I have questions as I'm taking the course?
You can ask the instructor questions 24/7 from within the course dashboard.
Can I pay by check?
Yes. You can pay by check, but you won't be able to get immediate access to the course. You can download the course brochure (above) and print the order form in the course brochure. The order form contains information on mailing a check.
What if we have more than 1 paralegal to attend?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for discounted pricing if you have more than one paralegal to enroll in the course.
Is the course presented on a certain day/time?
No. The course is an on-demand course that you can take any time and at your own pace.
What if I can't complete the course?
If something comes up during your one-year access period and you can't complete the course, just send us an email and let us know that you need an extension of time. We never shut off course access to someone who is still trying to complete the course.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
Each module contains 50 - 60 minutes of video lessons, plus additional course materials. The entire course, including downloads and optional exercises, will take you approximately 15 - 18 hours to complete.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?