Your legal education starts here.
Whether you’re a student or professional whose job requires knowledge of the law, LawShelf’s comprehensive courses and easy-to-use research tools can help give you the edge you need to succeed. Produced by attorneys and law professors under the auspices of National Paralegal College, we’re here to help you learn about the law.
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National Paralegal College has been a leader in online paralegal education since 2003, educating thousands of students in their pursuit of career enhancement and professional development. While not all LawShelf writers are also NPC faculty members, all LawShelf content goes through a comprehensive multi-tiered review process supervised by NPC faculty and administration.
Our video-courses are the heart of LawShelf.
Courses typically come with 4-6 animated video modules, each complete with practice multiple-choice questions to let you self-assess. When you finish a course, you can take a multiple-choice exam and earn a digital badge as a testament to your achievement.
Our hundreds of short videos are 5-to-10 minute animated presentations.
These videos are focused on the basics of legal concepts, such as Chapter 7 bankruptcy, real estate sales contracts and personal income tax filings.
Our foundations of law section contains hundreds of plain-English articles.
These articles come loaded with hypothetical examples and cite cases and statutes for further research.
LawShelf has also created a comprehensive research index.
It references over 5,000 legal concepts and terms. Just find the term using our search box and we’ll show you precisely where on our site it’s covered. Use this feature when you’re in a hurry to learn about a particular concept. You can always take in the full lessons when you have a bit more time.
Best of all, it’s completely free!
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Our writing staff......are attorneys and professors who have experience in teaching and practicing law. They are chosen based on their writing and teaching skills and for expertise in their given subjects. LawShelf has employed a wide variety of expert contributors and the people referenced below represent our most prolific contributors. If you would like to write for LawShelf and you are an experienced attorney, writer and/or law professor, please send us your resume and a writing sample.
Susan Calistri Boesger has over 25 years of experience in wills, trusts, estates and tax law. She has also been a legal writer for ten years with LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, writing professional manuals and consumer articles. She taught as an adjunct professor for many years at St. Petersburg College (Florida) where she developed and taught various courses. Susan holds a J.D. and LLM in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law.
Jessica Borden is a long-time professor of law at National Paralegal College, earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Constitutional Law Journal. She is admitted to the bar in New York, Connecticut and Florida. Jessica practiced litigation at Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP, real estate law at Schiff Hardin LLP and in-house product liability law at a large Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company.
Donald F. Ferland is a law professor at Massachusetts Bay Community College and has taught at other colleges and universities. He also worked as an Attorney-Advisor/Curriculum Developer in the U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Institute of International Legal Studies and was awarded the DSCA World of Excellence Award by the Pentagon. In addition to his JD from University of Connecticut School of Law and LLM from Boston University School of Law, he holds master’s degrees in American History from Providence College and instructional design from University of Massachusetts. He also has extensive experience in creation and design of educational tools.
Anthony Fata has extensive law practice experience in the areas of securities, commodities, derivatives and corporate law. As a law professor at Seton Hall University College of Law, he taught courses in Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Corporate Formation. Anthony has also presented at multiple seminars on the subject of Internal Investigations. As a partner at the Chicago law firm, Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP, Anthony helps investors, traders, brokers and advisors solve difficult regulatory and litigation problems.
Samantha Joule Fow’s professional writing career is a natural extension of her passion for teaching, learning from and connecting with others. After completing her undergraduate studies in economics, Samantha earned her J.D., a Master’s in Energy Regulation and Law and LL.M in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Samantha founded technical and content writing company Axiom Communications in 2017. In additional to generating high-quality technical writing for enterprise and education, Samantha regularly publishes blogs and editorials focused how law and society co-evolve in our quickly changing world. Her publications include her official blog, other articles and a law review article published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.
Robert L. Greenberg received his law degree from the University of Michigan, his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and his Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in Economics from Brandeis University. He runs his own law firm in New York. In addition to his firm, he serves as a Major/Judge Advocate in the New York Guard where he provides free legal services for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and their families. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Texas, and is also a registered patent attorney.
Stephen Haas is Director of Education for National Paralegal College. He has served in that capacity since 2003, having led the development of the school’s curriculum throughout its history. Stephen has also practiced law in the areas of estate planning, real estate and taxation. He graduated in the top 3% of his class from Pace University School of Law. He is the co-author of Basic Trust Drafting. Stephen is a regular presenter education conferences, having presented at conferences held by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, United States Distance Learning Association and the University of Wisconsin Extension Distance Teaching and Learning conference.
Alexander Lake has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a J.D. from University of Oregon. He has over 30 years of experience as an attorney and professional writer. As a contract administrator for Oregon Ballistic Laboratories, Alexander negotiates, drafts and oversees contracts with governmental and private partners. His other writing projects have included creating training materials for Fred Meyer Stores in Portland, OR. His law practice experience includes representation of businesses in domestic and international contracts and business matters.
Jeremy Rovinsky serves as Dean at National Paralegal College. He graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Before attending law school, Mr. Rovinsky was awarded a Dean's scholarship to study at American University in Washington, DC, graduated magna cum laude with joint degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and was made a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Jeremy has worked in the New York State Assembly, the US Congress, the US Senate and the Department of Justice, and in private law offices in New York, Washington and overseas. He worked directly under the General Counsel at the DC Office of Human Rights. Jeremy is been admitted to practice law in a number of jurisdictions and has been published in multiple law reviews and legal journals, such as the Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal and the Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal. He has also taught upper-level legal courses at an ABA-accredited law school, helped update the Rules of Professional Conduct for an American Indian Community Court and served as a Judge Pro Tem at the Maricopa County Justice Courts.
Elliot Stern earned his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and has extensive experience in legal writing and research in a variety of contexts, including serving as a legal editor for the NY State Department of Health, a law clerk for the Federal employment agency, the US Merit Systems Protection Board as well as a speechwriter for a UN ambassador. As a researcher and writer, Elliot has a unique ability to synthesize diffuse and complex material into clear and accessible prose and produce courses that reflect the reasoned judgment of multiple contributors. Elliot has also created and updated law courses for Marino Legal Academy.
Richard Weiner is a prolific writer who is a staff writer for the Akron Legal News. He has also writtern extensively for Chicago Lawyer Magazine the Cleveland Plain Dealer M&A Journal (in Yonkers, NY), Crain’s and many others. He taught law and English courses at Kent State University and has more than a decade of law practice experience in areas of personal injury, family law, criminal law and bankruptcy. He holds a J.D. from Ohio Northern University.
Erika Winston is an attorney and professional writer and copy editor. She has published articles for the websites of the DC Bar, Urban Views Weekly and various newspapers and law firm websites. In addition to her J.D., she holds a master’s degree in public policy from New England College. Before becoming a professional writer, she practiced law as a sole practitioner, handling matters of criminal law, domestic relations and housing. She is also a professor of political science in the Virginia Community College system.
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