Paralegal Studies Program


The 300-clock hour Paralegal Studies curriculum at FDU provides training in the practical aspects of the law.  It is a non-credit, certificate program designed to prepare you for a smooth transition from the classroom to the office - in settings ranging from law firms, corporate legal departments, banks, insurance companies and government agencies.  Students take courses in the following areas as well as one legal specialty course* and several Law Office Software Labs.  

Paralegal Studies Program Legal Specialty Courses*
1. Civil Litigation 2. Criminal Law Bankruptcy* Contracts*
3. Family Law 4. Research/Writing Employment Law* Immigration*
5.Ethics 6. Corporate Law Intellectual Property* Environmental Law*
7.Real Estate 8. Estates, Trusts and Wills NY Practice/Procedure* Alternative Dispute Resolution*
9. Legal Specialty Course Torts (Personal Injury)*
Technical Seminars (Labs)
Family Soft® Easy Soft®
Westlaw Amicus Attorney®
Lexis/Nexis Day/Life of Corp.Paralegal

TOTAL PROGRAM: 300 clock hours
Only one Legal Specialty Course* is offered each semester. The Legal Specialty Course* may be taken on a per course basis. Please call 973-443-8690 for further information.

Computer Lab and Seminar Dates - Tuition is $50.00 per class. Payment must be received prior to the start of class. For more information on all our courses, call 973-443-8690 or e-mail:

Family Soft® Dates:


Easy Soft® HUD RESPA Dates:

Amicus Attorney® Dates:

Day in Life of Corporate Paralegal Dates:


Westlaw Dates:

Lexis/Nexis Dates:

Core Course Descriptions

1. Civil Litigation

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: prepare summonses, complaints and other pleadings; participate in motion practice; digest transcripts of depositions; summarize trial testimony; index documents and exhibits; act as librarian for trial documents and prepare exhibits for trial.


2. Criminal Law

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to:  assist the attorney in client interviews; draft pretrial motions, assist in conducting discovery, assist in trial preparation and draft post-conviction pleadings.


3. Family Law

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to:  interview a matrimonial client; draft a summons and complaint; draft and answer interrogatories; assist the attorney in preparing for depositions; assist the attorney in trial preparation; draft settlement agreements; participate in motion practice, and draft final judgments.


4. Legal Research and Writing

The student will become familiar with the American legal system, including the courts and the legislature; judicial reports (including federal and state reports); constitutions, statutes and ordinances; basic citation forms, case finding techniques in digest, encyclopedias, annotated law reports; other secondary research tools, including Shepard's Citations; miscellaneous research aids and non-legal research aids; case analysis and briefing; memorandum format and writing; and use of computerized legal research.


5. Ethics

The graduate will be able to avoid the unintentional violation of the ethical duties placed directly on attorneys and indirectly on paralegals.  The graduate will have a working knowledge of the applicable disciplinary rules and will be able to function ethically under an attorney's supervision.


6. Corporate Law

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to:  prepare articles of incorporation; draft stock certificates and securities; maintain stock ledgers and books; draft resolutions and minutes of meetings; prepare employment agreements; assist in preparation of registration material; draft papers regarding acquisitions and mergers, assemble "Blue-Sky" materials.

7. Real Estate & Mortgages

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to: draft deeds, contracts of sale and leases; prepare closing statements utilizing appropriate formulae; assemble evidence for quiet title and foreclosure actions; deal with title guaranty representatives regarding title search and the "abstract", and draft mortgages and deeds of trust.


8. Estates, Trust & Wills

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to:  assist in preparation of documents associated with estate planning; participate in the collection of assets, valuation of assets and maintenance of records; draft wills and trusts for review; complete federal and state tax returns; prepare court forms from account records; draft periodic statements for estates, trusts and individuals; file tax waivers and prepare statements for estates, trusts and individuals; file tax waivers and prepare closing documents.


Legal Specialty Courses* Legal Specialty Course Registration Form

Cost of each class: $450.00 (Must be paid in full before each class) Some employers will pay for the cost of continuing education classes. For more information on all of our courses call" 973-443-8690 or e-mail

*Environmental Law (Dates and Locations to be Announced)

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to:  prepare environmental complaints and other pleadings, work with environmental consultants and experts, maintain environmental files, and assist as a librarian at trial of environmental cases.


*Bankruptcy Law (Offered: Teaneck Day, March 5 - March 17, 2004, July 30 - August 11, 2004.. Teaneck Evening, March 25 - April 15, 2004, Madison Evening, March 30 April 27, 2004)

The graduate, under the supervision of a lawyer, will be able to:  assist in the preparation of documents associated with bankruptcy, including petitions for voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy, case management, marshalling assets, preparing for reorganization; draft creditors' meetings minutes, proofs of claim and final orders.


*Employment Law Offered: Madison Evening, November 30 - December 21, 2004.

An overview of the legal framework governing employer-employee relations will be explored.  Topics such as Employment Contracts, Wrongful Discharge, Work Place Torts, and Unemployment Compensation will be explored.


*Alternative Dispute Resolution

Dates and Locations to be Announced

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the various types of alternative and dispute resolution programs that are being used by the courts and parties independent of court mandated programs.  Furthermore, students are provided with a working knowledge of the rules, ethical considerations and other procedural issues that arise in dispute resolution arenas.


*Elder Care Law

This course provides an introduction to the legal issues affecting the elder population with an emphasis on Federal and State of New Jersey law. An overview of issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care, Power of Attorney, Guardianships, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and Viatical Settlements.

*Immigration Law

Offered: Madison Day, March 11, - March 25, 2004 and Teaneck Evening, Nov. 30, - Dec. 21, 2004.

The course provides an overview of immigration law, including family visa petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, VAWA, relationship of immigration and matrimonial/criminal law, issues in criminal immigration, immigration court practice, labor based visas, and naturalization. Practical exercises include preparation of basic immigration forms including affidavit of support, Alien Labor Certification, H1-B, and L-1. Basic explanation of refugee and asylum law; parole power of President, special legislation, e.g., TPS, NACARA.

*Intellectual Property
(Madison Evening - July 5 - July 28, 2004).

This course presents an overview of the patents, trademarks and copyright law. Intellectual property law focuses on the marketplace activities of producing new products and services, thereby creating new intellectual property rights to be protected. The student will be introduced to tasks such as searching to determine whether a proposed trademark is available for use and registration or to determine who is record owner of a patent or trademark or copyright registration.


*ADVANCED CONTRACTS (Madison Day, March 15 - March 29, 2004)

This course presents an overview of contract law with emphasis on the legal sources of law (common law and Uniform Commercial Code) with respect to contract formation and interpretation. The student will be introduced to tasks such as drafting contract provisions and interpreting the potential rights and liabilities of the client.

*Federal Practice and Procedure (Madison Day - August 1 - August 16, 2004)
This course presents an overview that enables a graduate, under the supervision of an attorney, to understand the process and procedure necessary to adjudicate a dispute in the Federal District Court system between two individuals arising from a private injury utilizing the rules and regulations contained in the Federal Rules of Procedure.

NY Practice and Procedure (Teaneck Evening - June 28 - July 24, 2004)

(Dates and Locations to be Announced)
This course presents an overview of the elements of torts and the defenses asserted to intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability torts. The student will be introduced to the legal analysis used in tort law and evaluating the evidentiary material and learn what the paralegal's role is in relation to tort litigation with an emphasis in pleading and discovery practice. Dates and locations to be announced.