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PLA1013 Introduction to Law and the Legal System

Need help with Introduction to Law and the Legal System?

Make an appointment with a Paralegal Tutor in Tutor Match

Tutors are available for all Rasmussen University students for free. Students can get tips and tricks from peers who have been there. 

Wish you had the inside scoop on what to expect? Not sure what you need? Want to polish up your learning skills? Want to work smarter, not harder?

Make an appointment with a tutor! 

Click here for directions and a video to help you make your first appointment:


  • Don’t wait until the last minute to seek a tutor’s help.
    • Don’t let the issue compound and become an even bigger issue.
    • Use tutoring early and often.

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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

Articles from the Rasmussen University School of Justice Studies Blog

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+.

Demonstration of a search for a state statute in Lexis+

Selections from the Library Collection

Writing a Legal Memorandum

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


Books on Legal Writing from the Library Collection

How to create the section symbol (§)

Click HERE to download the directions to create the section symbol (§) in Word.


  • This website provides examples of legal forms
  • Check Lexis+ for help in their Forms Library

Click on the video below for information on how to draft a summons and complaint.

As a paralegal student, you have access to a premier legal database, Lexis+. Each student has a unique login to access the database. Students will receive an email directly from Lexis that provides their Lexis+ username and temporary password in the first term of the paralegal program. This email is sent to the Rasmussen student email account ("smail"). The subject line of the email is "LA Welcome Kit."

Legal Memo Samples: