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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Legal Document Preparation (PLG-404)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
April 2009 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: create a basic sales or services contract from a template, adjusted to the facts and goals of a client; draft and review real property contracts, spotting key provisions and being able to analyze the provisions vis a vis the goals of a client; prepare many different types of real property deeds with a variety of provisions; compose Articles of Incorporation for a for-profit or not-for profit corporation and be able to file such document with the appropriate state agency; review corporate by-laws and analyze their key provisions; draft a general or limited partnership agreement or LLC operating agreement from a template, adjusting the template to the needs of a client; create a valid and binding will, with key features such as personal representative designations, establishment of testamentary trusts, no contest clauses and self-proving affidavits; draft certain types of inter vivos (living) trusts from templates; prepare a Chapter 7, 11 or 13 bankruptcy petition based on information provided by a client; write civil complaints and answers; compose motions involved in a civil trial; prepare a variety of discovery requests, including requests for depositions, interrogatories, requests for documents, etc.; draft prenuptial agreements from templates; and organize an appellate brief, including the preparation of a table of authorities and a general organization of the structure of an appellate brief.


This practical course deals with the preparation of a host of legal documents and the drafting tasks assigned to paralegals across a broad spectrum of practice areas. Instruction focuses on training and completing hands-on tasks, drafting key documents relating to the fields or torts, contracts, wills, trusts, domestic relations, litigation, real property and more. A variety of ancillary forms are reviewed in order to familiarize students with key forms that need to be completed in fields they choose to practice. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam. Prerequisite: Three of more of the following courses: Business Law, Contracts, Domestic Relations, Legal Research, Writing, and Civil Litigation, Real Property, Torts and Personal Injury, or Wills, Trusts, and Estates.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Legal Documentation Preparation (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).