LEI Academic Goals and Objectives

“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

[Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals, Effective September 1, 2013 at page 3]

The primary goal of the Legal Education Institute is the education of qualified individuals in the theory and philosophy of law and ethical responsibility under the supervision of attorneys. Further, “[a] legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.” [Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals, Effective September 1, 2013 at page 3.]

The overall program goal is the educational training and development of students which fosters an understanding and appreciation of the law, ethical responsibilities and practical training which enhances personal and professional ability to adapt and grow with changes in the legal environment.

The goals established by the Legal Education Institute reflect the prevailing ethical and educational standards established by the American Bar Association to enhance the competent and effective delivery of legal services to all segments of society.

It is important to note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Paralegals work under the direct supervision of attorneys.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Legal Education Institute's paralegal program are:

  1. To provide the opportunity for students receive the applicable training, practical skills and education necessary to effectively contribute to the legal environment.
  2. To prepare students to become an integral part of the legal team.
  3. To enhance students’ understanding of their ethical responsibility and role under the supervision of attorneys.
  4. To provide students with an understanding of the United States legal system and sources of law.
  5. To teach students active listening skills and effective written and oral communication skills.
  6. To provide students with extensive instruction in legal research and technology offerings, including the use of electronic legal research databases.
The objectives of the Legal Education Institute's legal nurse consultant program are:
  1. To provide the maximum opportunity for nurses to become educated in the theory, philosophy and an ethical appreciation of the law.
  2. To prepare students to become an integral part of the legal team.
  3. To foster an understanding and appreciation for the role of the legal nurse consultant which reflects the prevailing ethical and educational standards set forth by the legal profession.
  4. To provide students with deductive reasoning skills when preparing chronologies of medical events and organizing and reviewing medical records.
  5. To provide students with extensive instruction in legal research, including the use of electronic legal research databases.