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Online LexisNexis® Legal Research Certificate

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Program Overview

Penn Foster Career School’s Online LexisNexis® Legal Research Certificate program will help you learn the skills to perform legal research using the searchable archive called LexisNexis,® the world's largest collection of public records, unpublished opinions, forms, legal news, and business information. The ability to effectively use LexisNexis® is an important research skill for lawyers, legal assistants, law students, journalists, and academics. Complete this program in just two months!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The LexisNexis® Legal Research Certificate program will help students learn the skills they need to perform computer-assisted legal research using the searchable archive called LexisNexis,® the world's largest collection of public records, unpublished opinions, forms, legal news, and business information. The ability to effectively use Lexis® is an important research skill for lawyers, legal assistants, law students, journalists, and academics.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Navigate through the Internet using search engines, Web URLs, and links; use e-mail; download and upload files to the Internet
  • Create effective search statements
  • Interpret call numbers and document classification schemes used in libraries
  • Determine reliability of sources
  • Look up court cases and statutes using the appropriate sources
  • Use Lexis.com to search and retrieve primary and secondary legal sources and verify the accuracy of citations using Shepard's Citation Service and Auto-Cite
  • Read and cite a case
  • Locate, profile, and investigate people and companies
  • Conduct financial and business research

Course 1

Lesson 1: Internet Basics

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the vast world of information that exists on the Internet.

Objectives:

  • Use search engines and email.
  • Identify the best Internet providers and services for your needs.
  • Upload and download files to and from the Internet.
Lesson 2: Information Literacy

The primary goal of this lesson is to teach you to find and use information at libraries and other information centers and through electronic resources available on the Web.

Objectives:

  • Locate books, periodicals, and other documents within a library.
  • Use a variety of print reference sources.
  • Create effective search statements.
  • Search the Web and select the most relevant and reliable results.
  • Recognize the ethical and legal issues surrounding copyrighted information.

Course 2

Lesson 1: Legal Research

As a paralegal, you’ll find yourself doing legal research for your supervising attorney . This lesson will introduce you to the great number of tools that can be used in legal research and will allow you to practice using these tools.

Objectives:

  • Approach a research problem from different access points.
  • Look up cases and statutes using the appropriate sources.
  • Read and brief a case.
  • Use basic procedures for citation.
Lesson 2: Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Part 1

Legal databases are constantly changing, so paralegals must keep their research skills up-to-date. This lesson teaches you how to quickly and efficiently retrieve legal information using Lexis.com.®

Objectives:

  • Formulate a search request and search for documents.
  • Verify the accuracy of citations using Shepard’s Citation Service.
  • Locate, profile, and investigate people and companies.
  • Conduct financial and business research.
Lesson 3: Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Part 2

This course explains how to integrate the Internet into a practice environment to improve access to information, move cases forward, and, most importantly, deliver better legal services to clients.

Objectives:

  • Perform factual, business, and legal research on the Internet.
  • Keep Internet research skills up-to-date.
  • Use the Internet to find paralegal job positions.
Lesson 3: Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Project

Project: Computer-Assisted Legal Research

Attorneys delegate legal research assignments to paralegals on a daily basis. Therefore, paralegals must be able to use CALR systems, such as Lexis.com,® to quickly and efficiently retrieve legal information. This project will give you the chance to practice the skills you’ve learned so far in your program.

Additional Course Material
  • Access to Lexis.com®

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a LexisNexis® Legal Research sample lesson, click here.

LexisNexis® Legal Research Program Details

Penn Foster Career School can help you gain the knowledge and skills to perform legal research effectively. You'll learn to evaluate the credibility of online information and find primary and secondary legal sources using LexisNexis.®

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Lexis  Nexis Research Certificate

The LexisNexis® Legal Research Online Certificate is a great option if you want to improve your research skills for a current job or take the first step towards a new career. Here are a few qualities that effective paralegals have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Dependable: Clients and lawyers rely on you to be organized and prepared.
  • Honest: You are honest and ethical in the workplace.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and listen to what others have to say regarding projects and tasks.

Penn Foster is a great way to get ahead in a career and the way the program was set up, even the busiest person can get through it. I'm so glad I found Penn Foster.

- Guiseppe S., Penn Foster graduate

I want to encourage anyone wishing to do a program with Penn Foster. You will get assistance and gain tremendous benefit from Penn Foster.

- Claudia W., Penn Foster Student

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Learning aids, including access to LexisNexis.com
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the LexisNexis® Legal Research Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Is software provided for the LexisNexis® Legal Research Certificate Program?

Yes, Penn Foster Career School provides students with a subscription and student ID number to access Lexis.com, the Total Research System.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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