Paralegal Certificate Course

Course Description

This course will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach you practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. Gain working knowledge of legal authority: how it is used in the litigation process and how to locate it through legal research. You will also learn the basics of law office management, substantive law (such as criminal law, domestic relations, real property law, and bankruptcy), and informal and formal advocacy.

Who should enroll?

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand.


This course is offered in two formats.  You will choose your format preference during registration.  The two formats are:

  1. Traditional 14 weeks – students have 14 weeks to complete the online course (7 weeks for Paralegal I and 7 weeks for Paralegal II.) Please note that the course fee covers both halves of the course. Students may choose any session listed at the bottom of the page to begin the course with Paralegal I and they will be automatically enrolled in the following session for Paralegal II. Assignments are expected to be completed weekly.
  2. Self-Study – courses starts immediately after registration; students will have up to six (6) months to complete the course at their own pace.  Guided by recorded video lectures, formative assessments and interactive quizzes, this format takes all the best aspects of the traditional 14-week, instructor-led course, and provides flexibility to students looking to complete their coursework at a faster or slower pace based on their learning preferences.  Even though the course is self-paced, all students will still have access to an instructor should they have questions or need more support.

Session Descriptions

“Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, and the Litigation Process”

This session focuses on the history of American jurisprudence, the theory of law, the legal process, and the nature of litigation. Discussion will cover pre-trial, trial and post-trial procedures as well as an in depth coverage of legal ethics. At the end of the first session of class, students will know how to prepare a Complaint/Petition, Answer, Third Party Complaint/Petition, and Motion for Summary Judgment.

“Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate”

This session covers the rules of evidence and civil procedure. Basic interviewing and investigation techniques and the development and use of demonstrative evidence will also be explained. At the end of the second session of class, students will prepare discovery matter such as Interrogatories, Request for Admissions and Request for Production of Documents.

“Identifying Relevant Authority”

During this session, students will learn how to identify relevant law, determine the differences between primary and secondary authority, and between mandatory and persuasive authority, and learn how to find and apply authority to hypothetical factual situations.

“Introduction to Legal Research”

Students will learn research techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs. Primary and secondary source materials will be discussed, and a concise approach to legal research will be developed.

“Legal Research Practice”

Legal research skills will be applied this session with emphasis on shepardizing statutes and case law and learning to use computerized legal research terminals. Numerous research assignments will be given, discussed, and critiqued. The West Key Number System® will be learned thoroughly.

“Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure”

This session will concentrate on the preparation and critique of legal memoranda, including an Interoffice Memorandum of Law and Appellate Brief. Principles of appellate procedure will also be reviewed. Proper citation format will be covered along with a discussion of job hunting techniques and job leads for those seeking their first employment as paralegals.


There are no prerequisites to take the course, but students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each session. This program will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills.

Continuing Education Units and Contact Hours

90 contact hours or 9.0 CEUs

Registration Deadlines

Course BeginsRegister By
August 21August 14
October 16October 9
January 8January 1
March 4February 25
April 29April 22

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Course Resources

Informational Webinar Recording

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