YouTube is a free online paralegal university for crime scene investigation. Most of what I watch in the evening on video is true crime on the Internet. I learn a lot from Dominick Dunne and Bill Curtis.
Paralegal studies usually begin with jurisdiction. When I was in paralegal school I remember studying the Barron’s law school guides on jurisdiction made me come to the awareness of going directly to the primary sources. The primary sources are the laws on jurisdiction. The secondary sources are books like Barron’s that are byzantine and difficult to understand as they try to explain jurisdiction. Reading law is the traditional way to go to law school.
Paralegal studies also include civil, criminal, probate, family and administrative law. Discovery practice and procedure should also be a major component of every paralegal certificate program. You will need to take a paralegal certification program in the same jurisdiction you will be working in.
Paralegal Studies Online
Although it is possible to get a decent paralegal studies education online I personally recommend against it. The student needs to immerse himself in classic law school Socratic method of question and answer. Call and response. Live thinking analyzing and interaction. I always advise paralegal students to hold out for the best paralegal school they can afford and get into. You need the name UCLA Extension or USC or California State University at Dominguez Hills on your resume. Your paralegal certification is your investment in yourself. Do you buy the good shoes or the cheap ones? How you do anything in life is how you do everything in life and so your attention to detail will ultimately be revealed in certain choices made on your resume.
Paralegal Studies Are Fun
Watching true crime shows on YouTube such as American Justice, Forensic Files and Medical Detectives is a fun and entertaining way to engage in mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE). The taxman should be so lucky. When you are a criminal paralegal the news is scientific. A criminal paralegal does not get emotionally involved in the people and the crimes. The crime scene investigation paralegal is interested in solving the crime more than getting personally involve with the story.