2023 Edition

Paralegal Practice Test

Take this free practice test to see how prepared you are for a paralegal or legal assistant certification exam. Certification as a paralegal or legal assistant can enhance career opportunities. One such exam is the Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Exam.

1. A client desires to neither admit to nor contest the charge that has been brought against him. What is the proper Latin phrase to describe his plea?
2. What is the difference between an interrogatory and a deposition?
3. A paralegal has been asked by her attorney to file an appeal from a final order of the trial court. Which of the following is the first step that should be taken by the paralegal?
4. A paralegal may represent a client in court if the attorney who employees the paralegal authorizes her to do so.
5. What conditions must be met for a judge to grant a motion for summary judgment?
6. Which of the following is not part of a summons and service of process?
7. The attorney you work for is trying to prove that a contract her client signed is invalid. Which of following conditions would have to be true for this to be the case?
8. Contracts have to be signed under seal to be enforceable.
9. Your attorney says there is a case-on-point supporting his argument. On what principle does the court have to follow this case law?
10. Neighboring property owners dispute whether or not a written and recorded easement grants certain rights. What type of action would most likely be filed to settle this dispute?
11. A paralegal answers an incoming call from a new client who needs legal advice immediately. The paralegal should respond as follows:
12. Attorney-client confidentiality does not apply to alternative dispute resolution forums.
13. A lawsuit has been filed and the summons has been delivered to the defendant. He fails to file an answer within the time frame set by the court. What happens next?
14. A paralegal is to give notice to a witness of a deposition. Which of the following are acceptable means to give notice of a deposition?
15. You have found work as a litigation paralegal. Which of the following is NOT likely to be one of your duties?
16. You are preparing a "friend of the court" brief. This is known as an "amicus curiae" brief.
17. Any of the following actions can result in either criminal or civil charges being filed against a client. Which of the actions is most likely to result in a civil lawsuit?
18. A company has filed a motion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark its logo, but the motion has not yet been granted. Which symbol should the company use next to their logo in the meantime?
19. One of the core ethical principles for paralegals states that all paralegals must demonstrate professional competence and personal integrity at all times. How might you violate this rule?
20. A plaintiff will state the "relief" he or she is seeking in the complaint to the lawsuit.
21. Which of the following remedies for breach of contract must be included in the contract in order to be recoverable?
22. A number of events take place as part of discovery in a lawsuit. Which of the following is not one of them?
23. After the parties sign a contract, a party finds that the contract fails to express the intention of the parties due to mutual mistake. The contract is rewritten to clarify and correct the errors. What is the proper name for this process?
24. In an estate case, a paralegal may carry out confidential communications with the client's banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms, accountants and others, to collect asset information.
25. A judge has entered judgment and awarded damages to a client who incurred no financial losses as a result of the conduct underlying the case. What is the proper term for the kind of damages the judge has awarded?
26. A paralegal is most likely to inadvertently violate attorney-client privilege in which of the following circumstances?
27. An attorney asks you to check the validity of a case he cites in his brief. You Shepardize it. Which of the following case histories indicate that the case is no longer good law?
28. Under the laws of all 50 states, in a real estate closing, a notary cannot act both as a notary and as as a witness to the signing of the documents.
29. A defendant in a civil action wants to file a claim against the plaintiff. What is proper name for this pleading?
30. The "discovery rule" tolls the running of which of the following?