Introduction to Paralegal Studies

Course Code: IPS101
Semester: Spring Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 End Date: 2022/4/2 Core certificate: Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom. Location: Online, Tokyo

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Course Description

This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the basic skills and knowledge necessary for those interested in becoming a paralegal. Information covered in the course focuses on the knowledge base expected of paralegals at American and international law firms. Students will gain an understanding of the American legal system and the structure of the international law firm. Against this backdrop, students will be presented with the role of the paralegal in both corporate finance and litigation matters, including "hands-on" activities designed to enhance comprehension of the complex framework paralegals work in.

Learning Objectives

1. Understanding the role of a paralegal.
2. Understanding of the American legal system.
3. Understanding structure of the international law firm.

Who should take this course

Primarily current paralegals and persons intending to become paralegals but also lawyers, legal secretaries, legal translators, and company legal department employees


No Textbook Required


Christopher Rathbone

Instructor Biography

Christopher Rathbone currently works on international transactions with a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo, in addition to being an adjunct professor of Temple University of Japan Law School. He has worked as a legal translator since 2000 and taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation and legal writing for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, earned a JD from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.