Introduction to Paralegal Studies (IPS101)
This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the basic skills and knowledge necessary for those interested in becoming a paralegal. Information covered in the course focuses on the knowledge base expected of paralegals at American and international law firms. Students will gain an understanding of the American legal system and the structure of the international law firm. Against this backdrop, students will be presented with the role of the paralegal in both corporate finance and litigation matters, including "hands-on" activities designed to enhance comprehension of the complex framework paralegals work in.
Christopher Rathbone currently works on international transactions with a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo, in addition to being an adjunct professor of Temple University of Japan Law School. He has worked as a legal translator since 2000 and taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation and legal writing for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, earned a JD from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.
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