Enter the Legal Field with Paralegal Classes at BTI
Are you passionate about helping people? Are you drawn to the legal field, but don't want to spend years in law school? Going to school to become a Paralegal can give you the best of both worlds. Gain the skills you need at our campus located near the Reading, Wyomissing, Saint Lawrence and Lebanon areas.
Our Paralegal program gives you the foundation in legal studies you need to begin a successful and exciting career. Through a combination of Paralegal classes and an externship, you can gain the knowledge you need to be an asset to any legal team.
Courses in BTI's Paralegal Program
Our comprehensive curriculum covers everything you need to know to become a Paralegal. Our program is streamlined to help you start your career as soon as possible. A few of the courses that make up our Paralegal program are:
- Criminal Law: This course provides an overview of substantive criminal law including crimes against the person, crimes against property, and crimes against public order and morality. The course identifies and analyzes common defenses to crimes. Mens rea, actus reus and concurrence are also discussed.
- Legal Research: This course introduces students to the process of conducting legal research using electronic and library resources. Primary and secondary sources of law are identified, explained and applied. Students learn how to conduct research on constitutional, statutory and case law, using the IRAC process. Proper citation form and Shepardizing are also discussed and applied.
- Ethics and Professional Responsibility: This course focuses on the ethical considerations in the practice of law that paralegals are likely to encounter, especially the unauthorized practice of law, client confidentiality and conflicts of interest. Attorney and paralegal ethical codes are examined.
Potential Career Paths After Finishing Your Paralegal Courses
Legal training is a valuable asset and opens the door to a number of careers. BTI's Paralegal classes prepare you for the following potential careers:
- Title Examiner: Title Examiners work closely with real estate and mortgage documentation to summarize records that affect property titles. By researching public and private records, Title Examiners apply both their administrative skills and understanding of the legal system to prepare title companies, law firms, or real estate agencies with critical title documentation.
- Legal Secretary: Legal Secretaries are invaluable members of a legal team. Lawyers and Judges rely on Legal Secretaries to keep clients informed, the office in order, and to assist in research and preparing documents to be used in a court of law.
- Paralegal/Legal Assistant: Paralegals and Legal Assistants assist Lawyers by taking care of day-to-day responsibilities such research, reports and the filing of documents with local and state courts. They use their knowledge of the legal system to assist Lawyers with cases and hearings.
Externship Opportunities to Get Experience in the Legal Field
We require our students in the Paralegal program to participate in an externship. We believe that externships are valuable as they allow you to apply what you've learned in a real-life setting. Externships also give you a glimpse into the working world and what it's like to be a part of the field.
Our Paralegal program's externship partners include a number of local law offices, the nearby courthouse, as well as law practices in Philadelphia, Reading and more.
Whether you're interested in an externship with a private firm or in a courthouse, we'll find the best option for you.
How BTI Supports You in Finding a New Career in the Legal Field
We offer our students assistance throughout their relationship with BTI. We're here for you through the application process, during your time in the program, and even after graduation.
We also believe it's important to keep our Career Services Department open to our alumni. We have useful workshops and resume reviews, mock interviews to enhance your interviewing skills and more. All of these opportunities are open to all alumni, regardless of where they are in their career.
Learn More About Paralegal Classes at BTI
Don't wait to start your law career. Contact one of our Admissions Representatives online or call 866.481.9301 to request additional information about our programs and applying to BTI.* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (visited May 17, 2015).