The Paralegal Certificate online program will prepare you for success in this growing career field. You’ll learn about the American legal system, how to conduct legal research and legal interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. This self-paced, Web-based program will get you ready for an entry-level paralegal position, and it'll prepare you to take the Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA) certification exam. You'll be paired with an instructor for one-on-one assistance, and you'll also receive free access to NALA Campus and Westlaw!
Prerequisite: In order to enroll in this program, you must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. We also recommend that you have computer skills, including knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and PowerPoint) and good keyboarding skills (60 words per minute or faster). Also helpful are good skills in English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition.
- Understand the common responsibilities and duties of paralegals
- Know how the paralegal field is regulated
- Understand ethics for attorneys and paralegals
- Be familiar with how the American legal system is structured and how it operates
- Be able to perform legal analyses
- Conduct legal interviews
- Understand the duties of a litigation assistant in the four stages of litigation
- Conduct legal research
- Implement guidelines and proper etiquette for legal writing
- Understand methods of formal and informal administrative advocacy
Materials included: Introduction to Paralegalism, by William P. Statsky, and West's Paralegal Today: Legal Team at Work, by Roger Miller
Note: If you plan to pursue the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA) credential, you must meet one of their requirements for eligibility. Eligibility requirements can be found on their website at www.nala.org
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You will receive a password and log-in information via email within 3-5 business days of registering for this course. Course materials are included and will be mailed to you within 10 business days. You have 180 days to complete this course. You must make an 70 or higher as your final grade to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion.
There are no refunds for this course.
If you have questions about this course, please contact the online coordinator at 770-499-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.