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Legal Education Institute

The Legal Education Institute (LEI) at Delaware Law can serve as a springboard to your legal career. Its purpose is to provide an outstanding education in the theory and philosophy of law and ethical responsibility. The LEI prepares paralegals and legal nurse consultants to work under the direct supervision of attorneys, and they are held to high standards of professional conduct.

As an LEI student, you can prepare for a successful career as a paralegal or legal nurse consultant through the guidance of experienced attorney faculty and our ABA-approved coursework. In addition, you can participate as a non-matriculated student by taking up to three qualified courses before committing to a program.

Located on the Delaware Law campus, LEI is affiliated with the law school, giving you access to a range of professional services, including the vast resources of the Delaware Law Library. As an LEI student, you also will receive expert career advising at our Career Development Office. Each of the career counselors is a licensed attorney who will work with you on career development issues, including building your résumé, writing cover letters, networking, and interviewing.

LEI Academic Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of LEI is the practical training and development of qualified individuals, fostering an understanding and appreciation of the law and ethical responsibilities under the supervision of attorneys. The training aims to enhance your ability to adapt and grow with changes in the legal environment. The LEI objectives reflect the prevailing ethical and educational standards for paralegals established by the American Bar Association to deliver competent and effective legal services to all segments of society.

The LEI adheres to this definition of paralegal found in the “Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs,” American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals, effective September 1, 2013, page 3:

“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”