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Civil Litigation Certificate

Career Certificate in
Civil Litigation

Earning your Career Certificate in Civil Litigation provides excellent preparation for a paralegal career. Your civil litigation certificate will show attorneys that you have the specialized skills that many require – because attorneys specialize, too. Our civil litigation course is designed for on-the-job success.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 3 Months

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$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

In our civil litigation course you’ll gain a solid understanding of civil procedure, pleadings, evidence, motions, damages, appeals and other civil litigation issues. The Civil Litigation Career Certificate course is comprised of 6 in-depth lessons, and everything you learn is applicable in the real world.

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Orientation to Online Learning (online)  

This lesson introduces you to online learning, with instruction on how to be successful as an Ashworth student. You’ll learn proven study skills, find out how to take advantage of different learning styles, and discover time management techniques. The lesson also includes a guide to career opportunities plus supplementary readings.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Civil Procedure  

Introduces the American judicial system and the important distinctions between civil law and other types of law, as well as sources of judicial authority. You will also learn about the major features of the federal and state court systems and the role of judges, lawyers, clients, and paralegals.

Lesson 2: The Law Firm, Pleadings and Jurisdiction  

Examines the personnel and internal organization of a law firm. You will learn how to evaluate a civil case and the many requirements that must be satisfied before a civil lawsuit can be brought against a defendant. You also will be introduced to jurisdictional questions, standing and other legal elements of complaints.

Lesson 3: The Defendant’s Answer, and Evidence  

Covers all the aspects of the defendant’s answer, including admissions, denials, the consequences for failing to deny the plaintiff’s allegations, counterclaims, cross-claims, other elements of third-party practices and class-action suits. You will also learn about the importance of evidence, both direct and circumstantial, and the rules of evidence.

Lesson 4: Discovery and Motions Practice  

The discovery phase of litigation in civil cases. You will also learn about the critical nature of motions practice and several different types of motions, including those directed at specific evidence and those that seek to dismiss the entire case.

Lesson 5: Trial of a Civil Action and Damages  

Examines the various phases of a trial as well as the paralegal’s role in helping prepare for and participate in a civil case. You will also learn about the different forms of damages available in civil cases.

Lesson 6: Alternatives to Litigation, and Appeals  

Examines the issues surrounding mediation and arbitration, the effect they have on modern litigation practices, and when and how a party may appeal an adverse ruling. You will also learn about the issues that arise on appeal, how appellate courts are organized, and what actions appellate courts are authorized to take.

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  What You Get

Complete your Civil Litigation certificate course online on your terms. Start when you’re ready, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

The civil litigation course combines a balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive civil litigation textbook and study guides
  • Open-book online exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates receive a civil litigation certificate and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You may broaden your skill set by applying certificate credit toward completion of an Ashworth College degree program.

  • Civil Litigation Training Books


  • Civil Litigation Training Diploma


  • Graduation Video


We’ve cleared the way. Start your Civil Litigation Career Certificate course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.