Tort Law Concentration

PLG 623 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: ONL ONL

Tort law is among the largest of the civil areas of law. This area of law encompasses causes of action that vary, in mindset requirements, ranging from negligence, to intentional torts, to strict liability claims. Each tort, or civil wrong, presents the possibility for civil litigation, both on the part of the party or entity seeking relief, and the party or entity subject to the claims. Tort claims are often a two-way street, in terms of assertions. Potential claims are expansive and include causes of action in areas such as negligence, wrongful death, malpractice, and product liability. Many claims are resolved pre-filing. Matters that are not resolved pre-filing often encompass extensive discovery, trial preparation, and litigation. Paralegals are relied upon heavily for different facets of tort law practices, and are often entrusted with significant responsibilities within legal and ethical parameters. Knowledge of potential claims, defenses, and procedures in tort law is essential for work in this core practice area.  Understanding claims and defenses necessitates knowledge of substantive and procedural aspects of tort law. Paralegals working in tort law are often tasked with conducting client and witness interviews, investigating claims, parties, and witnesses, drafting demand letters, drafting motions and pleadings, preparing filing packets, compiling and responding to discovery requests, organizing trial notebooks, researching law, preparing briefs, and assisting in litigation. Attention to detail, professional communication, solid legal research and analysis, and precise drafting abilities are critical skills for work as a paralegal in tort law.  Understanding potential claims, defenses, motion and pleading practice, and navigation of procedural requirements are key areas of importance for paralegals seeking to excel in a legal practice focused on tort claims and defenses.

Upon successful completion of the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program – Tort Law Concentration, the participant will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Distinguishing between negligence, intentional torts, and strict liability
  • Conducting investigations in tort cases
  • Analyzing potential tort claims
  • Evaluating tort defenses
  • Breaking down procedural requirements in tort cases
  • Preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Applying advanced legal research skills
  • Demonstrating advanced legal writing skills


This course is available as part of the following:

Certificate in Practice Area Concentration Certificate

Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are designed to expand the educational and professional horizons for all paralegals.

Course PLG - 623, Section 85
Starts: 8/1/2021 Ends: 12/1/2021
Meets on: Flexible
Time: Flexible
Location: ONL
Course PLG - 623, Section 86
Starts: 9/1/2021 Ends: 1/1/2022
Meets on: Flexible
Time: Flexible
Location: ONL
Course PLG - 623, Section 87
Starts: 10/1/2021 Ends: 2/1/2022
Meets on: Flexible
Time: Flexible
Location: ONL