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LEI Academic Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of the Legal Education Institute (LEI) is the education of qualified individuals in the theory and philosophy of law and ethical responsibility under the supervision of attorneys.

Further, “[a] legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. (Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals, Effective September 1, 2013 at page 3.)”

The overall LEI program goal is the education, training, and development of students thereby fostering an understanding and appreciation of the law, ethical responsibilities, and practical training to enhance their personal and professional ability to adapt and grow with changes in the legal environment.

LEI goals reflect the prevailing ethical and educational standards established by the American Bar Association: to enhance competent and effective delivery of legal services to all segments of society. It is important to note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Paralegals work under the direct supervision of attorneys.

LEI Paralegal Program Objectives
  1. Provide opportunity for students to receive applicable training, practical skills, and necessary education to effectively contribute to the legal environment.
  2. Prepare students to become an integral part of the legal team.
  3. Enhance students’ understanding of their ethical responsibility and role under the supervision of attorneys.
  4. Provide students with an understanding of the US legal system and sources of law.
  5. Teach students active listening skills and effective written and oral communication skills.
  6. Provide students with extensive instruction in legal research and technology offerings, including the use of electronic legal research databases.
LEI Legal Nurse Consultant Program Objectives
  1. Provide the maximum opportunity for nurses to become educated in the theory, philosophy, and ethical appreciation of the law.
  2. Prepare students to become an integral part of the legal team.
  3. Foster an understanding and appreciation for the role of the legal nurse consultant that reflects the prevailing ethical and educational standards set forth by the legal profession.
  4. Provide students with deductive reasoning skills when preparing chronologies of medical events and organizing and reviewing medical records.
  5. Provide students with extensive instruction in legal research, including the use of electronic legal research databases.