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PLA1013 Introduction to Law and the Legal System

What do they do?

     Occupational Outlook Handbook information on paralegal and legal assistant careers

What do they do?

     O*Net Online information about paralegal and legal assistant careers

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National Paralegal Associations:

How do I find out about my state?

Consult the document and video below. 

The National Federation of Paralegal Association's (NFPL) Paralegal Regulation by State document can help you learn more about how your state regulates the profession:

Does your state regulate the paralegal profession?

View this video demonstration to learn how to search state regulations in the legal database, Fastcase.

Click here for additional information about how the U.S. Government is organized.

Federal Courts

Click on the links below to learn more about the Federal Court system.

State Courts

The structure of the court system varies from state to state.  Click on the link below to view an interactive map providing information about a state's court structure.


Use the tabs in the left panel of this Guide to link to videos and other tools that will introduce basic search skills in Fastcase and Lexis Advance.

Demonstration of a search for a state statute in Lexis Advance

Selections from the Library Collection

Writing a Legal Memorandum

Click HERE to link to additional information about writing legal briefs.


Books on Legal Writing from the Library Collection

Need help with Introduction to Law and the Legal System?

Make an appointment with a Paralegal Tutor in Tutor Match



Hi, I'm Wendy, a Paralegal tutor.

You can find me as ONLWendyG in Tutor Match.

 Wendy's Tip:

 “Never be afraid to ask for help."

 Wendy's Favorite Quote:   "Make it work!"

 -Tim Gunn


Hi, I'm Jennifer, a Paralegal tutor.

You can find me as ONLJenniferR in Tutor Match.

 Jennifer's Tip: "When I get overwhelmed, I slow down and take everything one thing at a time.  I start with the easiest or fastest task, and once something gets crossed off the list the rest seems less complicated." 


Hi, I'm Shae, a Paralegal tutor.

You can find me as OCAShaeB and ONLShaeB in Tutor Match.

 Shae's Favorite Quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela 


Creating the Summons and Complaint Documents

  • Contacting your local clerk of court can be helpful
  • This website provides examples of legal forms
  • Check Lexis Advance for help in their Forms library
  • This Answer on legal memos may help
  • Below are two document examples and a video showing how to create the documents
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