How to Get Started in our Paralegal Program

Once you have decided to sign-up for our program take the following steps:

1. Enroll at Mission College - http://cccapply.org - fill in the application. Within 72 hours you will be isued a Student ID Number - 88 - xxx - xxxx. Go back to the cccapply site an pick up your student ID # - for FAQ and answers to your questions - https://secure.cccapply.org/FAQ/admissions.asp

2.  Go to the Status of Courses at Mission - and select which classes are available - see https://mymission.lamission.edu/soco/
3.  Go to the Student Information Sytem  and add your classes - see http://lamission.edu/students/
4.  Contact your instructor if you have questions about your class -see http://lamission.edu/law/lawfaculty.htm 
5.  Read the Syllabus - General for all our classes
6.  Purchase your Textbooks  
7.  Go to Etudes to login - http://etudes.org - Usename = Your Student ID (88xxxxxxx) and Password = MonthDay of birth (eg. (0601) - also look at http://etudes.pbworks.com and the video tutorial. it will help you to navigate your online class.
8.  Print out the duedates for your classes.
9.  Contact our paralegal tutors for help with your classes.
11. Read our Welcome message which has a lot of important information

Fall  2013 classes are 16 weeks and run from 8/26/13 to 12/15/13 ..You can login to start your work on Sunday, 8/25/13 at 6 pm.  

If you do not have an email account you can obtain one through yahoo (http://yahoo.com). Print out your duedates for each class, and that is your entire work for the class. You can add the class by first enrolling as a student at Mission College, and then add your class  through the Student Information System at http://www.laccd.edu/student_information/sis_logon.asp?campus=d.)  

Our main webpage is located at http://lamission.edu/law - The site index is located at http://missionlaw.pbworks.com/index Your online instructor faculty information, biography, phone and email is located at http://lamission.edu/law/lawfaculty.htm.

All online classes open on the same date and time and close on the same date and time. The work is due at 11:59 pm on the respective due date.   All of the work is due on Sunday evenings at 11:55 pm. (Law 2 with Prof. Morinaka may differ in dates and his syllabus instructions - so please read them carefully when you login to that class)

Make sure you print out your assignments ("due dates"above). No Late Work is allowed (see http://profj.us/late) You must stay "on top" of these classes. You must be organized and disciplined. 

You cannot submit "late work" and missing assignments will really hurt your grade. Read and apply information on study skills. Print out "Duedates" for your respective class(es). Please note the date and time each assignment is "due". It is regularly at 11:59pm. You cannot log on at 11:58 pm and hope to "post" your work in time, as it will time out, and not allow you to post after 11:59 pm. So be very careful to allow enough time to post your work before the deadline.

In the Fall 2005 semester, we piloted a new program - the "tutoring program" - see program guidelines - We now have an excellent team of tutors who can help you with any questions you might have. Please take advantage of contacting them. They were all excellent students in our program who have recently graduated and who have encountered all of the same problems you will face with our law materials.

Please read the following links, print out any useful information, and set up a 3 ring binder to have "at hand" -

1. Read typical day in the life of an online student (click here). Read Information on our Paralegal Tutors Program - Online Tutoring (click here) Read information on our paralegal tutors - (click here)

Check out these useful resources to help you navigate through all of our online materials-(click here.)

read Prof J's Blogs (recent updates about important information for students in the paralegal program (click here). Also read Paralegal Jobs Blog (click here) - this will update you on getting a paralegal job once you graduate with your certificate.

Read about legal research (click here), also learn about citations (click here), and how to brief law cases (click here). Read "How to Study Law (click here), Good Legal Writing (click here), and Readling like a Lawyer (click here)

2. Read the Description about your Class -(click here) Read the Paralegal Program Objectives (click here). Read "How to Improve your Quiz Scores" (this is for Quizzes in Law 1, 2, 10, and 10) (click here), and then read our Policy on Appeals on Disputed Questions (click here).

3.  Read Grading Rubric for law classes - (click here) and Student Learning Outcomes (click here). You can be dropped from the class, without notice, if you are carrying an "F" in the class. If you are dropped, you no longer will be able to work in your online moodle classroom. However, it is the student's responsibility to drop the class at the college or district level. It is not the instructor's responsibility. Some students are dropped from their online moodle classroom, and they think that the instructor has excluded them, and then receive an F on their transcript. If you are not going to continue in the class, do not rely on an instructor excluding you. Go to the student information system and drop yourself. This is the only way to protect yourself from not getting an F for failing to complete the class.

4. Lecture outlines - (click here), powerpoint slides -(click here), Emmanuel Summary of Law - (click here)   ** only for Law 1, 11, 12, 16, and 19

5. Bookmark Law Dictionary - (click here) click here

6. Read Our Policy on Plagiarism -(click here) click here, Our Program embraces "Academic Honesty and Integrity" - (click here)

7. Look at Paralegal Certificate - (click here) and also our online certificate - (click here)

8. Look at Mission College webpage - (click here) and look at Students - (click here), look at student information system - (click here)

9. Familiarize yourself with the Important Dates for the College, and your classes. (click here)

14. Please be respectful to your instructor and other students. Please do not abuse the etudes message system when you are using it in the classroom. It is a privilege and not a right. Please carefully read the Standards of Student Conduct - (click here). Read Students Rights and Responsibilities (click here).

Nice having you all as students. Welcome Aboard. Work hard, and enjoy your classes. Do not hesitate to email your online instructor if you have any questions.

Enjoy your classes.

email Prof. J at abogado@pacbell.net or call him on his cell phone 818-415-2015 if you have any questions.

Updated  7/24/13 @ 3:24 pm