Paralegal Students Receive Hands-On Training at Federal Courthouse

Paralegal students Heidi McCarty, Erica Villarreal and Jacyee Brown

Written by Adam Spees, paralegal Instructor

Students in Litigation I class at Globe University-Minneapolis had the opportunity to to see just how the internet is changing the face of the legal system. The paralegal students took part in an in-depth training on the internet-based case management and electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) used by federal courts throughout the United States.

Students were provided a packet of reference materials, including step-by-step instructions for e-filing documents.

“I think it will help me in the future with my career search because many offices in the legal field have switched their filing process,” Heidi McCarty, Globe University student, said. “It was helpful to be able to complete a few examples and receive the hands on experience. I am planning to attend the state training on my own time.”

This training provided an interactive, real-life simulation explaining how a lawsuit would be initiated electronically in federal court. Students also explored how to file motions, memoranda and related documents using this system.

“Understanding the process and having knowledge of the federal e-filing system helps provide these students with the tools needed to stay at the forefront of a constantly evolving legal system,” Adam Spees, paralegal instructor, said. 

Just as the internet has created new and alternative possibilities and provided a small company with the means to sell or market globally, electronic case filing (e-filing) is replacing hard copy paper filings in both the state and federal courts throughout the country.

In some jurisdictions, including federal court, electronic case filing is mandatory.

“The need to stay in front of current trends in the law is critical,” Spees said. “This it’s important that the students are provided opportunities to do so early in their education.”

Upon completion of the course, each student received a certificate of completion from the clerk of court, which will be a wonderful addition to their resume.