Legal Studies

Legal Studies

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Series Description

Each industry develops its own unique legal strategies and professional lexicon to grow and navigate the constantly evolving world of law. UCSC Silicon Valley Extension has partnered with the Center for Legal Studies to provide you the latest legal information in key Silicon Valley industries: engineering, nursing, healthcare, law office technology, and victim advocacy.

Understand Patent Law

Engineers will learn more about the patent process to protect their inventions and build strong copyright protections.

Build on Nursing

Nurses (PAs and RNs) in the Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course will build on their medical expertise to serve as legal expert consultants and advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. .

Combine Medical-Legal Experience

In the Medical Professional Legal Consultant program, medical professionals interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues will gain the fundamentals they need to advise law firms, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses.

Software for the Lawyer

Technology Legal professionals will learn more about the technology available to run an efficient practice and courtroom litigation in Software Essentials for the Law Professional.

Assist Crime Victims

You will learn the legal terminology and process, victims rights, ethics, victim advocacy, and crisis intervention skills you need to make a difference in the lives of crime victims in Victim Advocacy certificate course.



Victim Advocacy Certificate Course Informational Webinar

Wednesday, June 10, 10–10:45 a.m.

Interested in being a victim advocate? Join Stephanie Elio, business director of the Center for Legal Studies, who will be give an overview of the Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course in this 45-minute online presentation. Bring your questions! The event is free.

Register here. If you cannot attend the webinar, but would like to receive the recording of the live event, please register.

Learn more at our events calendar.

Cost: Varies per program—$729–$975.
Required Credits: 4.5 CEUs
Duration: 7-week, self-paced program.


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Professional Development

Medical Professional Legal Consultant

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 45 hours of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. (Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of 05/06/2019. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.) More information is available at the CLS site.

Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course

The course is open to anyone interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues, but participants without an RN or PA background might not be able to take the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified(LNCC®) exam after graduation. The LNCC is a discretionary test discussed in the course that that experienced registered nurses graduating from this course may sit for.

This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Successful graduates will receive a certificate for 42 contact hours of continuing nursing education from The Center for Legal Studies that they may be able to use to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Victim Advocacy Certificate Course

Successful graduates of our training program will be eligible at minimum for the National Advocate Credentialing Program Provisional Credential and, based upon their experience in the field, possibly for the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Credential. Please refer to the NACP link for additional information.