Interviewing & Investigation Techniques

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Paralegal Studies .

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About this Course


No case can be won without a quality investigation. Many times the preliminary investigation is performed by a paralegal professional — the result of which can play a key role in the client’s perception of the attorney, the firm and the case. 

In this course, you'll develop skills essential for the interview and investigation process, including organization, communication and critical analysis. Through interactive activities, you’ll learn about the common types of clients and witnesses that paralegals will often interview during a preliminary investigation. We’ll also explore how to create an investigation plan, craft questions and develop an investigation summary. 

What You’ll Learn 

  • Different kinds of interview and investigation models
  • Effective interviewing strategies
  • How to create interview outlines 
  • The governing rules of evidence for interviews and investigations
  • Aspects of paralegal liability as agents of attorneys 

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. The number of courses offered each quarter varies depending on how many quarters the program covers. See below for details.