Trial Practice

This course provides a broad picture of how a case proceeds through the courts, from trial court to appellate courts to the Supreme Court.

Course Category: Self-Study Courses

Course Level: Advanced

CLE Credit: Substantive

CLE Hours: 20.0

Fees: $250 for Members and $300 for Non-members

Course Materials: Self-study courses typically come with a PDF of the complete textbook, a PDF of the textbook by chapter and a glossary of terms. Once you’ve finished studying, you’ll take the corresponding exams to earn CLE. 
Prerequisite: Understanding of general litigation knowledge, discovery and evidence.
Description: This course provides a broad picture of how a case proceeds through the courts, from trial court to appellate courts to the Supreme Court. The course reviews:
  • How local rules, state rules, and federal rules work together
  • What goes on in a courtroom, from the paralegal’s point of view and from the viewpoint of the courts, judges, lawyers, and juries
  • The technology hardware and software used in producing a trial
  • Legal thinking, research, and writing, using formats and styles from across the country
Upon completion of the course, paralegals will have knowledge of:
  • Document Management – Drafting indexes, document filing options
  • Scheduling
  • Deposition summaries – types and working with summaries
  • Electronic trial presentation
  • Calendaring software
  • Preparing motions, jury instructions
  • Preparing trial notebook
  • Drafting motions, bill of costs
  • Judgments
  • Calculating appeal dates
  • Briefs – identifying required information
  • Planning research
  • Locating pending rule changes

* The distinguished ACP© credential is only available to current NALA Certified Paralegals. Anyone, regardless of credentials, may take this course solely for gaining knowledge and will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course and exam.

Course Year: 2017


Self-Study Instructions

Access Period

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Self-Study courses expire after 1 year.

Courses are priced for individual use and consumption and are not intended for rebroadcast and sharing.

Refunds or Cancellations

No cancellations or refunds are provided.

Self-Study FAQs

All self-study courses qualify for CLE through NALA.  For more information on other institutions please click here.

If available, you may use the print function from your browser to print the material. This is copyrighted material and any distribution is strictly prohibited. Not all self-study courses have printable material.

No, a textbook is either included or not necessary for the self-study courses.

No, the courses are designed as continuing education courses and may qualify as meeting continuing education requirements for professional certifications and attorney licenses.  In addition, the courses may be used in the classroom to supplement formal training.  However, the courses are not designed to take the place of formal paralegal training as may be available through a community college or university.