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Legal Investigation Certificate Online

Overview

In support of the health and safety of our students and university community, all Mason Professional Education courses are being delivered in virtual formats now through September 1. We are fully operational and courses will begin on their scheduled start date. Register today!

This course is designed to teach legal investigation to those interested in pursuing a new career and those presently working in the legal field. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies, and private businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies, in the process of civil and criminal investigation. 

Students will also be taught how to create a freelance investigation business. Included subject areas are: arson investigation, product liability investigation, personal injury and traffic accident forensics, employment accidents, investigation of financial and equity matters, professional malpractice and negligence, skip-tracing, and the role of a legal investigator in preparing for civil and criminal litigation.

George Mason University offers Legal Investigation Certificate Online in collaboration with The Center for Legal Studies.

Features

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to our legal system, legal and ethical considerations for the investigator, law of agency and coverage of rules of court and evidence. 

Lesson 2: General interviewing and investigation techniques, sources of leads and information, fact analysis, taking witness statements, forensic photography, proper service of legal process, and surveillance. 

Lesson 3: Personal injury investigation techniques, traffic accident reconstruction, premises accidents, employment accidents, government investigation, document analysis and control, financial and equity analysis, testimony, and case studies. Job search strategies and placement possibilities will also be discussed. 

Students will learn to:

  • Discuss the origins and history of the American legal system.
  • Define and apply important legal terminology.
  • Discuss ethics for the law office.
  • List the elements of tort law and contract law.
  • Explain the important rules of civil procedure.
  • Demonstrate how to interview clients and witnesses.
  • Demonstrate how to conduct a legal investigation: gathering facts, gathering evidence and taking statements of clients and witnesses.
  • Demonstrate how to handle evidence that has been gathered.
  • Explain the important rules regarding the admissibility of evidence in court.
  • Describe how to perform legal research.
  • Discuss how to create a freelance legal investigation business.

Requirements

To receive a Certificate of Completion from George Mason University, students are expected to complete the following:

  • Six tests
  • One writing assignment
  • Six online bulletin board participation assignments

Students are expected to spend an average of at least eight hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. 70 percent is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. 

Textbooks are not included in the course registration fee. To order textbooks, call the Center for Legal Studies at 1-800-522-7737. 

Required Textbook for this Course:
Federal Civil Rules Booklet, LegalPub.com, Inc. 

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:
Oran’s Dictionary of Law, 4th Edition

Designed For

  • Individuals seeking legal investigation training and skills necessary for a career in the legal field.
  • Current paralegals seeking to increase their legal investigation skills as well as learn new marketable job skills.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
PLGL 0108 - Legal Investigation Certificate Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
May 04, 2020 to Jun 19, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) Federal Civil Rules Booklet ISBN 9781934852330
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
Section Title
PLGL 0108 - Legal Investigation Certificate Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
Jun 29, 2020 to Aug 14, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) Federal Civil Rules Booklet ISBN 9781934852330
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
Section Title
PLGL 0108 - Legal Investigation Certificate Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
Aug 24, 2020 to Oct 09, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) Federal Civil Rules Booklet ISBN 9781934852330
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
Section Title
PLGL 0108 - Legal Investigation Certificate Online
Type
Online, fixed date
Dates
Oct 19, 2020 to Dec 04, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $995.00
Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) Federal Civil Rules Booklet ISBN 9781934852330
  • (Optional) Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th edition ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4
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