Academic Statement: Computerized Legal Research And Writing Class

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Academic Statement The ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program enabled me to gain both academic and professional skills, from drafting documents in civil litigation matters to using trial presentation software. In the Family Law and Civil Litigation classes, I drafted several documents towards filing for divorce, temporary restraining orders, interrogatories, complaints, and responses using several case scenarios. The Paralegal Studies program focused on how technology is shaping the legal arena, from e-filing to legal research databases. For example, I had the opportunity to use the premiere software available to file a mock Chapter 7 in the Bankruptcy law class, Best Case™. I was able to apply all the concepts I learned in class according …show more content…
I learned how to use search features in a cost efficient manner and locate journals, codes, cases, and administrative rules to draft memorandums and IRAC cases. As a result, I was able to apply the basic legal writing skills and traditional research methods learned the previous term, as well as enhance my understanding of how to combine these methods effectively in a law firm setting. Furthermore, I completed all the MCLE-approved workshops offered through the program regarding e-discovery and how to use the Trial Director software to try cases in an appealing and effective manner. All the skills and knowledge acquired through this program enabled me to obtain a job with the attorney who taught these workshops and work on thousands of electronically produced documents in a high-profile class action case in …show more content…
This class combined the practical experience of going on field trips to places such as Blue Spring State Park and Lyonia Preserve with weekly collaborative writing and editing sessions. My final portfolio had well over 100 pages, integrating the field notes I took through close observation of the flora and fauna of Florida, research on each species, and the numerous drafts of each paper. Through the peer editing weekly sessions, I learned interdependency skills that mirror how nature works, and developed a better appreciation of nature, my own life, and how our actions can negatively affect the environment. Moreover, I learned a valuable lesson that shaped me into an even better advocate and future law student: if you use your skills and are receptive to what a client or the environment communicates to you, you will learn more than you could ever hope for than by simply relying on books and an abstract, theoretical

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