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Train to work in a Legal Practice or Related Job
The legal and crime prevention industries are huge; and only a small proportion of people who work in these professions are lawyers. Everyone working in these industries still needs to understand legal language; have good communication and organisational skills and be able to interact with and support the overall purpose of the organisation they work in; whether a legal office, police, jail, court, security firm; or something else.
This course has been developed to build knowledge and skills that are valuable for support staff in all of these types of organisations.
This course is relevant for a wide range of situations from business and politics, to Law, Crime and Police.
This course involves six modules, as follows:
Module 1 Office Practices
The course covers the following in 8 lessons:
- The Modern Office: Scope of office work, procedures, the home office vs commercial premises, etc.
- Communication Systems: Using the phone, business letters, faxes, couriers, postage, etc.
- Interpersonal Communications
- Phone Skills
- Writing Letters and Other Documents:Writing Letters and Reports. Structure of a report, memos, business letters.
- Computer Applications: Scope & uses of computers, types of computers, software types, peripherals, word processing, CD Roms, Modems, setting up and care of a PC.
- Office Organisation and Procedures: Stationary, Office furniture, Paper specifications, Filing & record keeping etc.
- Health and Safety in the Office: Office layout and organization, security.
Module 2 Legal Terminology
- There are eight lessons in this module as follows:
- Scope and Nature of Legal Terminology
- The Legal Workplace –People & Processes
- Legal systems –Australia, UK, International Law etc.
- Contract & Business Law
- Property Law - Buying & selling property, Conveyancing, Intellectual Property
- Wills, Probate, Estate Law
- Criminal Law
- Other –Tort law, Family Law, Civil Actions, Bankruptcy, Insurance, Accidents Compensation
Module 3 Criminal Psychology
There are ten lessons consisting of -
- Introduction to Criminal Psychology
- Psychological approaches to understanding crime
- Psychology and understanding serious crimes
- Mental disorder and crime 1 – Learning disabilities and crime
- Mental Disorder and Crime 2 - Psychopathy
- Gender and Crime
- Youth and Crime
- Psychology and the Police
- Psychology in the Courtroom
- Psychology and Crime Prevention
Plus 3 of the following Modules:
There are 13 lessons as follows:
- Introduction – Nature and Function of Accounting for Service Firms
- Balance Sheet
- Analysing and Designing Accounting Systems
- The Double Entry Recording Process
- Cash Receipts and Cash Payments Journal
- Credit Fees and Purchases Journal
- The General Journal
- Closing the Ledger
- Profit and Loss Statement
- Depreciation on Non-current Assets
- Profit Determination and Balance Day Adjustments
- Cash Control: Bank Reconciliation and Petty Cash
- Cash Control: Budgeting
Introduction to Information Security
Information Security Ethics
Data Integrity and Backing up
Vulnerabilities of Operating Systems and Information Systems
Information Security Technologies, Developments and Initiatives
Developing a security Policy
Implementing and revising a security policy
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
Information Security Maintenance
Professional Practice for Consultants
There are eight lessons in this module as follows:
1. Determining If a Consultancy Practice is for You
2. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 1
3. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 2
4. Knowing What to Charge
5. Setting Up Your Consulting Practice
6. Keeping Accounts and Records
7. How to Generate Business & Keep It
8. Maintaining Your Consultancy Practice
There are nine lessons in this module as follows:
- Scope and Nature of Technical Writing
- Matching style and content to the audience
- Planning: Developing a Logical Structure or Format
- Collaborative Writing
- Writing Technical Periodicals
- Writing Manuals and Procedures
- Writing Project Proposals
- Writing Project Reports.
Certificate Duration: 600 hours
UNDERSTANDING FAMILY LAW
The following is an extract of notes from our courses.
Family law encompasses marriage, adoption, divorce, custody, death, and estate planning. The latter two elements of family law were dealt with in the proceeding lesson. Collectively, Family laws are those laws dealing with matters of significant impact on family relationships, particularly adoption, divorce, custody, and abuse.
Family law courts generally hear cases pertaining to dissolution of marriage, legal separation of the parties, nullity of marriage, child custody, child and spousal support, elder law legal issues, domestic violence petitions, and estate planning cases like wills, will contests, guardianship, insurance, probate, trusts and other estate related legal issues.
SOME FAMILY LAW RELATED TERMINOLOGY
Decree nisi: A decree nisi is a decree granted by a court in the first instance for the dissolution of a registered marriage. It is an interim document issued prior to a decree absolute and refers to the legal condition: "not coming into effect unless a person or persons fail to show cause against it within a certain time".
De facto marriage: The relationship between two people who live together as a couple but are not registered as married to each other.
Emancipation: A legal process that gives a teenager legal independence from his or her parents or guardians.
Equitable adoption: Equitable adoption (also called putative or constructive adoption) occurs in the situation where a parent makes certain promises or acts in a certain manner so as to create a contract between the parent and child. Equitable adoption occurs without a formal legal procedure, in other words, a parent can say or do certain things that result in the adoption of another person as his/her child even though there is no court order establishing the adoption.
Adoption by estoppels: is a remedy that is available to a child, to claim adoption by the parent (in the above situation). If the parent died with a Will and the child was not mentioned in the Will, the child may still present a claim for a portion of the parent's estate on the basis of being an omitted or pretermitted child.
Interlocutory decree: A court judgment that is not final until the judge decides other matters involved in the case; or until enough time has passed to see if the interim decision is working. In the past, interlocutory decrees were most often used in divorces. The terms of the divorce were set out in an interlocutory decree, which would become final only after a waiting period.
Judgement nisi: Nisi is Latin for "unless." A judgment nisi is an intermediate judgment which will become final unless a party appeals or formally requests the court to set it aside. An interlocutory decree is properly referred to as a judgment nisi.
Miscegenation: A word invented by American journalists to discredit the Abolitionist movement by stirring up debate over the prospect of white-black intermarriage after the abolition of slavery. It refers to marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman of different races, especially in the U.S. between a black and a white person; interbreeding between members of different races; the mixing or a mixture of races by interbreeding. Contemporary usage of the term "miscegenation" is less frequent.
Cohabitation: A term used to describe when people live together in an emotionally and/or physically-intimate relationship. The term is most frequently applied to couples who are not married.
The legal process in which a person or firm declares inability to pay debts. When the debt owed becomes beyond the possibility of repayment, the debtor faces insolvency or bankruptcy. Any available assets are liquidated and the proceeds are distributed to creditors. In a bankruptcy proceeding, an insolvent debtor can obtain relief from payment of certain obligations.
SOME BANKRUPTCY RELATED TERMINOLOGY
Creditors or Lender: A creditor is a party (i.e. person, organization, company, or government) that has a claim to the services of a second party; or it is a person or institution to whom money is owed. The term creditor derives from the notion of credit.
Credit: Is any form of deferred payment. The provision of resources (i.e. granting a loan) by one party to another party where that second party does not reimburse the first party immediately, thereby generating a debt, and instead arranges either to repay or return those resources or material/s of equal value at a later date.
Debtors or borrower: An entity that owes a debt to someone else.
Default: Occurs when the debtor has not met its legal obligations according to the debt contract.
UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE LAW
From the term to safe, to assure is to make safe, to pledge, to guarantee, or to insure. From to exact a pledge, to insure is to make safe in exchange for money, to guarantee the safety of something for money, to contract to pay a specified event occurs, or to contract for protection against a natural risk. Insurance law is the name given to practices of law involved with insurance, including insurance policies and claims.
SOME INSURANCE RELATED TERMINOLOGY
Actuary: An insurance professional skilled in the analysis, evaluation and management of statistical information. Evaluates insurance firms’ reserves, determines rates and rating methods, and determines other business and financial risks.
Adverse Selection: The tendency of those exposed to a higher risk to seek more insurance coverage than those at a lower risk.
Annuity: A life insurance product that pays periodic income benefits for a specific period of time or over the course of the annuitant’s lifetime. There are two basic types of annuities: deferred and immediate.
Arbitration: Procedure in which an insurance company and the insured or a vendor agree to settle a claim dispute by accepting a decision made by a third party.
Binder: Temporary authorization of coverage issued prior to the actual insurance policy.
Blanket Insurance: Describes coverage for more than one type of property at one location or one type of property at more than one location. For example, chain store.
Broker: An intermediary between a customer and an insurance company. Brokers typically search the market for coverage appropriate to their clients. They work on commission and usually sell commercial, not personal, insurance.
Why Choose This Course
- Course notes and materials are unique (written by our staff) and up to date (most revised annually) –our graduates are more up to date with what they learn than many other institutions.
- We don’t just present you with information; we also work to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field.
- Start any time, study at your own pace, study from anywhere
- Don’t waste time and money traveling to and from classes
- More choices in your assignment work –courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you.
- Tutors more accessible than many colleges – academics are hard at work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day, and answering individual queries from students are top priority and always attended to within a day –often within an hour.
- Be treated like an individual –don’t get lost in a crowd of other students. Our tutors interact with you one to one.
- Extra help at no extra cost where needed.. If you find a task you can’t do, we will help you through it or give you another option.
- Support after graduation –We will advise on getting work, starting a business, putting a CV together. We will promote students and their businesses through our extensive profile on the internet. Any graduate who asks will be helped.
How You Study
- When you enroll, we send you an email that explains it all.
- You are given a short orientation video to watch, where our principal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
- You are either given access to your course online, or sent a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
- You work through lessons one by one. Each lesson has at least four parts:
- An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
- Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
- Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks that strengthen and add to what you have been reading
- Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
- Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
- You are given access to and encouraged to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
- You are provided with a "student manual" which you can refer to if and when needed. It provides a quick solution to most problems that might occur (some people never need to use this; but if you are studying late at night & have a problem, the manual provides a first port of call that can often get you moving again).
- ACS is known and highly respected internationally: by employers and academics alike:
- Recognised by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
- ACS has been training people around the world since 1979
- Over 100,000 have now studied ACS courses, across more than 150 countries
- Formal affiliations with colleges in five countries
- A faculty of over 40 internationally renowned academics –books written by our staff used by universities and colleges around the world.
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