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NC.PLGL-002 - Paralegal Test Prep: Skills - Christine Oshian, J.D.

Course:Paralegal Test Prep: Skills
Professor:Christine Oshian, J.D.
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hi there! I'm looking forward to working with you as you prepare for the CP exam. I have a passion for teaching and getting to know my students, their strengths and weaknesses, their thought process, and their learning styles. Witnessing a student’s breakthrough in learning is always rewarding for me. My goal is to motivate you to love learning the law and keep working hard to succeed and pass the CP exam. You can do it!!

Course Description

This course prepares students to take the Skills section of the Certified Paralegal Exam administered through NALA - The Paralegal Association. It covers writing and critical thinking, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity of expression, reading and comprehension, analysis of information, and decision making. Sample exam questions will be based on a hypothetical case, and students will be expected to analyze relevant legal material as well as demonstrate strong writing skills. *This study course is not affiliated with the ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program at College of the Canyons. 


What to Expect in this Course

Prepare for class discussion by having read the chapter(s) prior to the class lecture. Learning activities will be given to review the material in the specific chapter(s). After reviewing a hypothetical case scenario, prepare a well-composed writing to the attorney including the following: facts/issue(s), relevant legal authority, discussion/analysis, and conclusion. You will need the course textbook (see below), and a personal computer with a reliable internet connection.


Types of Assessments

This course contains quizzes, assignments, and class learning activities.

Textbook Information

NALA Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-578-45486-3

Published by: National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

Editor: Leslie Metzger

Other Relevant Course Information

Please note there are 10 textbooks available at the COC Library for student to check out for 12 weeks (first come, first serve basis). If the textbook is not returned within 12 weeks, the replacement cost is $120.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 02/03/2024 Sub#: 1602