Course Description

With this exciting, fast-paced class you will learn many of the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents. We will review the negligence theory of torts upon which many personal injury claims are based. Students will discuss interviewing, investigating and other case building techniques vital to a personal injury paralegal's success in the law office.

Class discussions and lesson material will include the different kinds of personal injury claims including (but not limited to): car accidents, slip and falls, medical negligence/malpractice, manufacturer product defects, and class-action lawsuits. Discover the basic categories of damages recovery, statutes of limitations, and schemes for liability.

This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of at least 12 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that extensions will not be granted for this online course. This course is the equivalent of at least 50 clock hours of study. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course.

See specific content information below in sections "Attend and You Will Learn" and "Additional Information".

Attend and You Will Receive

Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from North Carolina State University.

Attend and You Will Learn / Expected Outcome

Attend and You Will Learn

  • Interview clients with a narrative of the injury
  • Review medical records and nurses' notes
  • Prepare summaries of depositions
  • Interview medical witnesses
  • Observe and identify possible areas of negligence
  • Keep and organize a trial notebook
  • Understand the concept of products liability
  • Be familiar with the concept of duty toward the victim
  • Distinguish personal injury from torts to property or reputation
  • Distinguish private torts from governmental torts under the Federal Torts Claims Act

Notes / Additional Information


You will complete six 100 point exams covering the topics in that lesson’s reading. The exams account for 70% of your grade and are comprised of true/false, multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.

Bulletin Board Assignments:

You will also post your responses to six class participation assignments.

Writing Assignment:

You will be required to prepare an answer to a complaint for the 50 point writing assignment. The writing assignment accounts for 20% of your final grade.

All lesson objectives, assignments, and exams can be found in the Lesson Materials.

Your grade will be based on your completion of six exams, one writing assignment, and class participation/Bulletin Board Submissions. You will have the opportunity to engage in “class participation” by using the Bulletin Board tool to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material.

Your final grade will be figured as follows:

  • The six exams comprise 70% of your grade.
  • Your participation in class participation assignments comprises 10% of your grade.
  • The writing assignment comprises 20% of your grade.

Required textbooks for this course:

Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals, most recent Edition, by Emily Lynch Morissette, Aspen Publishers.

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition, by Daniel Oran. Clifton Park: Delmar Cengage Learning

Texts may be purchased from The Center for Legal Studies Online Store.
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Section Title
Personal Injury for Paralegals
Aug 24, 2020 to Oct 09, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $1,117.00