Legal Writing for Paralegals and Legal Assistants


Develop and refine high-demand writing skills

Continue to build your career with this in-depth legal writing course. Taught by Sparks Municipal Court Judge Jim Spoo, who has more than 20 years’ experience as an attorney, Legal Writing for Paralegals and Legal Assistants will develop high-demand writing skills and focus on creating clear, complete and well-written documents including letters, inter-office memos and client memos utilizing the correct style, organization and content.

Memo preparation will include document review and description, substantive legal documents, pleadings and evidence. Additional course topics include file histories and research results as they pertain to statutory, case law, legislative history and civil and criminal rules. Next-step memos including discovery, hearing preparation, forthcoming briefs and meetings also will be covered. Participants will practice writing basic pleadings and learn document preparation. The course concludes with an ethics review, including attorney and law office ethics.

Successful program completion may qualify for up to 17.5 contact hours from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) to apply toward the continuing education requirements of the nationally recognized Certified Paralegal (CP)/Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designations granted through the NALA.

View the Paralegal Studies Overview for more paralegal programs offered by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, or the Extended Studies Professional Development calendar for more courses and certificate programs scheduled throughout the year.

Please call our offices at (775)784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928 for more information about when this course is being offered again. Many courses are in development at any given time and will not appear on the web until they have been fully approved.

Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno | Redfield Campus, Nell J. Redfield Building A | 18600 Wedge Parkway, Reno, NV 89511 | (775) 784-4046 | 1-800-233-8928

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