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ERIC Number: ED531267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 73
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2006 Mississippi Curriculum Framework: Postsecondary Paralegal Technology. (Program CIP: 22.0302 - Legal Assistant/Paralegal)
Hinton, Amy; Phifer-Starks, Kim D.; Nelson, LaTricia
Research and Curriculum Unit
As the world economy continues to evolve, businesses and industries must adopt new practices and processes in order to survive. Quality and cost control, work teams and participatory management, and an infusion of technology are transforming the way people work and do business. Employees are now expected to read, write, and communicate effectively; think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions; and interact with each other and the technologies in the workplace. Vocational-technical programs must also adopt these practices in order to provide graduates who can enter and advance in the changing work world. The curriculum framework in this document reflects these changes in the workplace and a number of other factors that impact on local vocational-technical programs. The Paralegal Technology curriculum is designed to prepare a person for entry-level employment as a legal assistant/paralegal in courts, corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Paralegal Technology is a two-year program of study which requires courses in the vocational-technical core, designated areas of concentration, and the academic core. The Associate of Applied Science Degree is earned upon successful completion of program. The curriculum is based on standards developed from the National Association of Legal Assistants' Descriptions of Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam Sections. Additional research data used in the development of this publication was collected from a review of related literature and from surveys of local experts in business, industry, and education. Industry standards are based on the "National Association of Legal Assistants' Descriptions of Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam Sections." Appended are: (1) Standards Based on the National Association of Legal Assistants' Descriptions of Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam Sections; (2) Related Academic Standards; (3) Workplace Skills for the 21st Century; and (4) National Educational Technology Standards for Students. A list of suggested references is provided for each unit. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit; Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational Education and Workforce Development
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi