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Paralegal Education Group

Paralegal Capstone Assessment Program

Presenter (s): Michael K. Sullivan, Esq. Joseph Zavaglia, Jr. Esq.



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This is an online curriculum that effectively serves as a capstone course employing a broad range of substantive legal skills including legal research, legal writing, analytical reasoning, oral communication, professionalism, and substantive areas of law.  Students will be required to demonstrate their mastery of the paralegal core curriculum learning goals required for paralegal employment. 

The program utilizes unit core competency assessments as well as a final logical reasoning written portfolio exercise that will be graded (for content, writing ability, and verbal skills as expected in a law office setting) by the Instructors.  Upon successful completion of all required assessments, students will be issued a Certification of Completion.  Please click on "Forms" below to view the Course Syllabus for further details. 

Unit One: Ethics

I.  Confidentiality & Privilege
II.  Conflicts of Interest
III.  Other Ethical Considerations for the Legal Profession
IV.  Preserving Funds and Client Property

Unit Two: Classifications & Sources of Law

I. Sources of Law
II. Federal v. State Law
III. Criminal v. Civil Law
IV. Substantive v. Procedural Law

Unit Three: American Legal System

I. Branches of Government
II. U.S. Court Systems
III. General v. Limited Jurisdiction

Unit Four: Written Communications

I. Grammar and Word Usage
II. Punctuation
III. Number Usage
IV. Capitalization
V. Spelling
VI. Composition and Expression

Unit Five: Legal Research & Citations

I. Legal Research
II. Citations
III. Legal Terminology
IV. Court Systems
V. Legal Skills

Unit Six: Civil Litigation/Procedure

I. Client Interviewing Skills
II. Civil Pleadings
III. Discovery Methods
IV. Motion Practice
V. Trial Preparation

Unit Seven: Torts

I. Intentional Torts
II. Negligence
III. Strict Liability
IV. Remedies

Unit Eight: Contracts

I. Types of Contracts
II. General Rules of Contract Interpretation
III. Elements of a Binding Contract
IV. Defenses to a Valid Contract
V. Termination of Contractual Duties/Obligations
VI. Third-Party Rights

Unit Nine: Property & Estates

I. Ownership of Real Property
II. Transfer of Real Property
III. Estate Planning

Unit Ten: Business Law (Corporate Procedures)

I. Sole Proprietorship
II. Partnership
III. Corporation
IV. Limited Liability Company/Partnership
V. Agency Law

Unit Eleven: Family Law

I. Adoption;
II. Alimony/Spousal Support;
III. Custody and visitation;
IV. Child Support;
V. Division of Property;
VI. Divorce/annulment/separation;
VII. Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements; and
VIII. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Unit Twelve: Criminal Law & Procedure

I. Substantive Criminal Law
II. Classifications of Offenses
III. Criminal Defenses
IV. Criminal Procedures
V. Trial Prep & Practice

Upon completion of the unit assessments and successful submission of the final logical reasoning written exercise portfolio project, each student will be issued a Certification of Completion. 

*Please review the follwing documents required for this course below*

Course Syllabus Download

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Michael K. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Paralegal Studies.  Mr. Sullivan has also served as an educational consultant assisting Legal Studies programs in securing and maintaining American Bar Association (ABA) approval status.

Mr. Sullivan received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, during which time he served as a Teaching Fellow in the University's Academic Support Program. Mr. Sullivan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. O'Hagan in the New Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth Vicinage, Civil Part, Law Division. Following the clerkship, Mr. Sullivan joined a mid-sized law firm in where he specialized in commercial and corporate litigation.

Mr. Sullivan has well over a decade of legal education experience in the following areas: Paralegal Training, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, Property, Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Corporate Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing.


  • Brookdale Community College: Associates Degree-Criminal Justice
  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey: B.A. Criminal Justice
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.

Joe Zavaglia is a Professor of Legal Studies.  Mr. Zavaglia has taught at Seton Hall University School of Law as well as Temple University. Mr. Zavaglia also serves as the Director of Legal Seminars for the Academy of Continuing Education for the Professions, LLC.

​Mr. Zavaglia received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee. Currently, he serves as Of Counsel at Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz in Freehold, New Jersey. Mr. Zavaglia has also been approved to teach continuing education courses to real estate agents and title professionals.

Mr. Zavaglia has over thirty years of legal lecturing and paralegal training experience in the following areas: Contracts, Torts, Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, Corporate Law, Moot Court, Property, Estates, Entertainment Law, Legal Ethics, and Legal Research & Writing.

  • Seton Hall University: B.A. History
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.

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