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On April 30, 2014, The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.  The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 certification programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA

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References for Additional Reading

The Advanced Paralegal Certification courses are curricula based programs. This means that the course is entire self-contained, that the texts and exercises are related to the material in the course.  However, the courses are written with the thought that those who are enrolled in them are working as paralegals, and have an advanced knowledge of the subject matter.  If you are planning to take an Advanced Paralegal Certification course, but are just not sure if you are ready, it may be helpful to you to review textbooks or other references in preparation.  The following is a list of text books from Cengage Publishing that may be helpful to you. Click on the image to see cost and order information. Some of thesse books are available in e-format, as well as print.

This text offers a functional approach to dispute resolution with its array of interrelated processes. Students learn distinguishing factors, advantages and disadvantages of each process, and how to select one process over another to create dispute resolution strategies. Chapter concepts are illustrated by examples, and examples are followed by problems, giving students opportunities to find solutions and develop their reasoning skills as they apply each concept. Every process chapter ends with a chart that outlines the attributes of that process, and follows with review questions that include new terms, true/false, fill-in the blank, multiple-choice, and short answer formats. Judicial options explore more difficult concepts, showing students how the courts handle dispute resolution issues when the outcome is not certain. A number of Web sites have also been cited throughout the text so students can conduct further research, and the glossary and extensive index provide quick references.  Click the image to order this book from Cengage. CIVIL LITIGATION, 6th edition has been updated to include all recent advances in legal practice, including the use of electronically stored information (ESI) and e-forensics in the discovery process. Updates to federal rules and procedures keep the Sixth Edition current and give the reader the most up-to-date information available. In addition, each chapter in CIVIL LITIGATION, 6th edition includes an exercise that focuses on a single case, giving the reader the opportunity to work it from beginning to end, simulating an on-the-job experience. Plus, the Sixth Edition contains a number of sample legal documents, such as complaints, interrogatories and deposition summaries, as well as legal vocabulary indexes. Every chapter focuses briefly on the impact of technology on the litigation field, and also contains useful references to litigation-focused websites.  Click the image to order this book from Cengage.
Law of Corporations and Other Business Organizations, 5th Edition is an in-depth introduction to the law of business organizations for paralegals. The discussions in this book focus on the Uniform and Model Laws used by most state legislatures when adopting their own state laws with special attention given to the Model Business Corporation Act 2007, published in February 2008. Discussions concerning partnerships and the limited liability entities focus on the Uniform Partnership Acts, Uniform Limited Partnership Acts, and Uniform Limited Liability Company Acts drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Each chapter includes an in-depth discussion of the law, with charts indicating the pertinent sections of state law where applicable. Examples, sample documents and paragraphs, practical advice, charts, tables, and graphs are included for the reader. Click the image to order this book from Cengage.  Intellectual Property, third edition is a thorough guide to the four fields of intellectual property law; trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets, covering topics such as the duration of rights, protection from infringement, and new and international developments in each field. Intellectual Property, third edition is on the forefront of Intellectual Property law, covering new and cutting edge issues in the field, such as proposals for patent reform, the rise of patent trolls, copyright pre-registration, and Section 337 ITC investigations. Intellectual Property, third edition also includes invaluable resources that students will refer to throughout their careers, such as useful intellectual property Web sites, internet research questions and an "Ethics Edge" section that relates to ethical issues raised in the chapter. Click the image to order this book from Cengage.
The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach, fifth edition is a resource combining the theories and principles of law with practical paralegal skills, paralegal ethics, numerous forms, checklists, practice tips, online resources, and a focus on the goals and needs of the paralegal profession, all in the context of the law office. This new edition addresses electronic discovery and filing and the associated ethical and practical responsibilities of the lawyer and the paralegal. New revisions to the Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil and Appellate Procedure are examined, as are the practice requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. New/revised forms have been added to reflect current practice. Click the image to order this book from Cengage. This text presents a balanced approach to the study of medical malpractice. Divided into two main components, it first follows the history and development of medical malpractice in the United States and then covers the process of litigation from both sides in the case. Sample medical records, definitions of medical and legal terminology, and sample legal forms are provided to enhance student comprehension of key concepts. The text provides actual documents to give insight into real world cases and demonstrates how a case progresses from beginning to end. This concise, yet detailed book represents both a defense and plaintiff focus. Designed to encompass both early history and modern day principles, The Law of Medical Malpractice takes the student from a brief history of civil liability for professional malfeasance to the anatomy of a lawsuit and the medical malpractice trial. The many applications are based on true cases.Click the image to order this book from Cengage.
Product Liability for Professional Paralegals is a practical, hands-on book for legal professionals working in the field of personal injury and product liability litigation, as well as for students of personal injury litigation. Case management and practice tips assist the paralegal in learning and perfecting the professional skills, organizational techniques, and perspective to be an integral part of the professional team. Broken into two parts, part one details case management, new case evaluation, determining correct parties, investigation, and customizing discovery. It also discusses the interesting history of product liability law. Expert witnesses are essential in product liability cases, and there is extensive information regarding locating, evaluating, and working with expert witnesses. Part two addresses specific types of products including medical devices, toxic substances, household and consumer products, children’s products, vehicles, and machinery. Included is information regarding warnings, manufacturing and design defects, standards and regulations, and many sample forms, including pleadings and discovery.   Click the image to order this book from Cengage.  This comprehensive introduction to the Social Security disability system begins with basic information and builds with each chapter for thorough coverage in an easy-to-read style. In each chapter, the author uses a gender-neutral character, “Chris” to pose questions and find solutions during the appeals process as a way to personalize the content and procedures, and to enhance understanding. This book is primarily directed toward paralegal programs and undergraduate legal studies or social sciences courses. As a supplemental text in a Health Law or Administrative Law course or as a reference text for law offices, this book will assist those legal professionals involved in the more than 500,000 claims heard by federal administrative law judges each year. It introduces and familiarizes the student with the disability claims process with reference to the appropriate governing regulations rather than a tedious review of case law. Click the image to order this book from Cengage.
 Torts and Personal Injury, fourth edition, is a comprehensive overview of torts, including defenses, from general tort law to negligence and special tort actions in 13 chapters. This completely updated edition is student friendly with easy-to-use pedagogy like a running glossary of key legal terms, entertaining hypothetical scenarios, outlines, chapter summaries, and review questions. The feature “The Biggest Mistakes Paralegals Make and How to Avoid Them” makes this best seller also a page-turner. Over 75 cases from patient dumping to spam email fraud to obesity caused by trans fat applies the law with real-world examples to aid in retention of material. Click the image to order this book from Cengage. Workers' Compensation Law provides an in-depth look at the day-to-day practice of this field in addition to addressing theoretical aspects that form a critical foundation for this branch of law. It explains activities from drafting petitions, presenting cases to an administrative law judge, and bringing an appeal. Workers’ Compensation Law profiles professionals who are intimately involved in a workers’ compensation case including attorneys, paralegals, administrative law judges, chiropractors, medical doctors, and more. It balances theory and practice, provides ethical discussions, and explores the use of private investigators and various discovery devices in order to examine claims. Content throughout is reinforced with excerpted cases, brief interviews, a variety of exhibits, and practical real-life examples. An appendix provides a wide variety of Workers Compensation forms, petitions, and medical reports. Click the image to order this book from Cengage.