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lawrookie

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Will Paralegal courses help prep me for lawschool?
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:56:35 PM »
I signed up for paralegal courses with an online college, do you think that will help prep me for law school?

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Re: Will Paralegal courses help prep me for lawschool?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 11:16:46 PM »
No, probably not.

You generally wont learn substantive law in a paralegal course. At best you might pick up some legal research skills, but that's what your legal research course will be about. Frankly, without access to a law library and lexis/westlaw legal research training is all but useless.

If you really want to prep for law school, buy some hornbooks in the Examples & Explanations series in 1L courses.
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Re: Will Paralegal courses help prep me for lawschool?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 09:41:52 PM »
I signed up for paralegal courses with an online college, do you think that will help prep me for law school?

I took paralegal classes way back, and I'd echo Neal. I know my way around the library and westlaw, know how to style a case, brief a case and some basic rules of civil procedure, real property, debtor/creditor, landlord/tenant stuff, but the only things that will probably help me at all in 1L will be the research and breifing cases.

Beyond whole classes on civ pro, I'm sure they go into the major decisions  and Constitutional principles informing WHY the rules are what they are, etc, etc.

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Re: Will Paralegal courses help prep me for lawschool?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009, 02:22:11 PM »
Save your money for law school unless you plan to be a paralegal for a few years beforehand.
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