Paralegal Core Competency Exam Quiz!

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Paralegal Core Competency Exam Quiz!

The Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) was introduced to assess new paralegals' knowledge, skills, and ability. The two main domains covered on the PCCE are Paralegal Practice and Substantive Areas of Law. Taking the exam has several benefits, some of which are: Increased job opportunities, build knowledge and skills, and it also builds confidence. Take this practice test to test familiarity with the topics the exam is based on.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What are legal journals and law reviews?
    • A. 

      Similar to restatements, but limited to narrow subtopics within an area of law.

    • B. 

      Sources of articles, usually written by law professors, that can provide persuasive authority.

    • C. 

      Sources of concise summaries of a law or statute.

    • D. 

      None of the options.

  • 2. 
    What is the right to privacy, under the U.S. Constitution?
    • A. 

      Limited to the reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.

    • B. 

      The major issue under the Fifth Amendment.

    • C. 

      Implied under the penumbra of individual rights.

    • D. 

      Specifically stated under the penumbra of individual rights.

  • 3. 
    What are digests?
    • A. 

      Compilations of the headnotes prepared for judicial opinions that are organized by the date of the judicial opinion.

    • B. 

      Reference works containing short summaries of judicial opinions organized by the federal and state jurisdictions.

    • C. 

      Reference works containing short summaries of articles published in law reviews and bar journals.

    • D. 

      Compilations of the headnotes prepared for judicial opinions that are organized under an outline by topic and subtopic.

  • 4. 
    What is secondary law?
    • A. 

      Mandatory law

    • B. 

      Non-mandatory law

    • C. 

      State law

    • D. 

      Binding law

  • 5. 
    Does a codification consolidate all session laws sanctioned in all sessions?
    • A. 

      No.

    • B. 

      No, unless the United State Supreme Court or a state supreme court orders complete incorporation.

    • C. 

      Yes.

    • D. 

      Yes, but only entirely new statutes, and not amendments to existing statutes.

  • 6. 
    What are the three main ways that a court can obtain personal jurisdiction over a defendant in a civil case?
    • A. 

      Submission; out-of-state agent; state of birth.

    • B. 

      Submission; domicile; out-of-state agent.

    • C. 

      Consent; domicile; long-arm statute.

    • D. 

      Consent; domicile; state of birth.

  • 7. 
    What is the Code of Federal Regulations?
    • A. 

      An official codification of the rules and regulations of federal administrative agencies.

    • B. 

      An unofficial and annotated compilation of the rules and regulations of all federal administrative agencies.

    • C. 

      Publishes, in chronological order, the rules and regulations of federal administrative agencies.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 8. 
    What will the federal courts NOT issue under the U.S. Constitution?
    • A. 

      Mandatory opinions

    • B. 

      Default judgments

    • C. 

      Advisory opinions

    • D. 

      All of the Above

  • 9. 
    What does the term “venue” refer to?
    • A. 

      The proper location within a jurisdiction for trial to be held.

    • B. 

      The court with subject-matter and personal jurisdiction.

    • C. 

      A defendant whose place of residence is outside the county or state of the plaintiff’s place of residence.

    • D. 

      The location that the court chooses to hold the trial.

  • 10. 
    What is the objective of legal research? To...
    • A. 

      Find a legal issue that matches the client’s legal issue.

    • B. 

      Find legal rules.

    • C. 

      Find factual issues that are exactly the same as the client’s case.

    • D. 

      Find legal authorities that are controlling in determining a specific legal issue.

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