Archive | January, 2014

Grammar Help

30 Jan

Here are two great sites for grammar help:

Grammar Girl – This site is full of great explanations and examples.

The Oatmeal – Matthew Inman is a cartoonist that has also dedicated part of his comic site to grammar. (warning: the rest of his site has some NSFW language)


2014 NCBA Scholarship

28 Jan
ImageEach year the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division provides a student scholarship that awards $500 for tuition to a North Carolina resident enrolled in a North Carolina Qualified Paralegal Studies Program as defined by the North Carolina State Bar.
Please note, applicants must be North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Student Members in good standing. An application can be downloaded at the NCBA web site.

Class Cancellation – LEX 260-400A Bankruptcy – Jan. 28th

28 Jan

LEX 260 students are are advised that LEX260-400A Bankruptcy & Collections (12:00 – 1:40 pm) is cancelled today. A make up assignment will be in Sakai.

All other students, please keep in mind that the campus will close today at 2 pm due to the potential for inclement weather.  All classes and activities at all campus locations scheduled to begin at or after 2 p.m. today are canceled.

Weather Advisory – January 28

28 Jan

From Durham Technical Community College’s web site:

The college (all campuses) will close today, Tuesday, January 28, at 2 p.m. due to the potential for inclement weather. All classes and activities at all campus locations scheduled to begin at or after 2 p.m. today are canceled. A decision regarding our operating hours for classes and activities for tomorrow (Wednesday, January 29) will be made tonight by 10 p.m. Please check the website or Durham Tech voicemail (919-536-7200), or local media stations for more information at that time.

Save the Date! The NCBA Lunch & Learn is Feb. 5th

27 Jan

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division is sponsoring a Lunch & Learn session at Durham Tech’s main campus on Wednesday, February 5th, from noon to 1:30 pm. Two guest paralegal pros will deliver hot tips on resume preparation, interviewing skills, and more that focus on strategies for landing the paralegal job you want in today’s economy. Get the information you need for your job search in advance of the upcoming NCBA Career Fair. Lunch will be served. Contact Susan Sutton for more information. The classroom location will be announced soon.

Areas Tested on the NALA Exam

23 Jan
The LEX 287 CLA Review class doesn’t start until the second mini-mester, but you can get a jump on what’s on the NALA certification exam here, and by checking out the Certification page of the blog. NALA changed the way the exam was structured in September, 2013. The Substantive Law section no longer offers examinees the option to test on Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law & Procedure, Estates and Probate, Family Law and Real Estate.
Examinees will be tested on five areas, with the last area–Substantive Law–broken down into four separate areas.:
Legal Research
Judgment & Analytical Ability
Substantive Law:
  •     American Legal System
  •     Civil Litigation
  •     Contracts
  •     Business Organizations
What kinds of questions in those areas can you expect? Click here for the September 2013 Exam Specifications.
Here’s how the exam is weighted and scored based on NALA’s September 2013 exam:
Examination Section Total
Percent of Points
to Pass,
September 2013
Communications 75 79%
Ethics 75 81%
Judgment and Analytical Ability 150 77%
Legal Research 50 76%
Substantive Law 200 78%
How did they come up with the passing scores? That answer is a little more complicated, but you can read NALA’s rationale here. The short version is that the passing score for each section may change according to what questions are in the pool for any given exam. The May 2014 exam may (or may not) have a slightly different question pool.

Lay? Lie? Sit? Roll Over?

22 Jan

Can’t remember the rules for “lay” or “lie”? Bet you’ll remember this cartoon.


The rule can be found here at the Mighty Red Pen blog.