The Litigation Practice Certificate is designed to prepare students to work in civil litigation on the state and federal level. Special attention is given to the technology skills essential to success as a litigation paralegal, including those related to electronic filing and e-discovery. Litigation students also take courses in legal research, legal ethics, basic business concepts, and two or more elective topics (e.g., torts, employment law, family law, intellectual property, immigration law).
Litigation paralegals assist attorneys in preparing and presenting lawsuits. They help draft court pleadings and maintain case files and databases. They collect and organize information through investigation and the discovery process. They help prepare the case for trial, and often assist attorneys at trial by coordinating the case material. They may also be known as project assistants, case assistants, legal assistants, and various other titles.