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Online Paralegal Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in
Paralegal Studies

Our nationally accredited online Undergraduate Paralegal Studies Certificate program will prepare you to work closely with lawyers in a corporate law office or law firm. You’ll be introduced to the paralegal field, the legal system, legal analysis, the relationship of paralegals to lawyers, an overview of litigation and more.

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or G.E.D
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Lessons & Exams
  • Program Length: 6 to 12 Months

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$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

The Paralegal Studies Undergraduate Certificate program is comprised of 5 courses of 3 credit hours each. To complete the program, you must take 2 required courses and 3 electives. You’ll study valuable topics such as…

  • Tort law
  • Civil litigation
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Real estate law
  • Family law

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Required Course

P01 - Introduction to Paralegalism I  

This is an introduction to the paralegal field, the legal system, and legal analysis. The course explores the scope of paralegal activities in procedural law, criminal law, contracts and business law, torts and property law, wills and estates, and family law.
Credit Hours: 3

P02 - Introduction to Paralegalism II  

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Paralegalism I, providing skills in legal analysis, interviewing, investigation, advocacy, and ethics, and providing an overview of legal research and writing.
Credit Hours: 3


P03 - Torts  

The world of torts is violent. There are explosions, collisions, mishaps, injuries, and deaths. There is libel and slander, assault and battery, malpractice, and defective products. This course is an introduction to basic areas of law dealing with civil wrongs, with coverage of intentional torts, negligence, malpractice, defamation, joint and vicarious liability, auto insurance, and workers’ compensation.
Credit Hours: 3

P04 - Civil Litigation  

Civil procedure is the rules and procedures that must be followed in filing and conducting a civil lawsuit. This course discusses assisting the law office with matters concerning jurisdiction, venue, preparing basic pleadings, discovery documents, pre-trial and post-judgment motions, managing the case file, attending to service of process, and assisting in the courtroom.
Credit Hours: 3

P05 - Criminal Law and Procedures  

This course examines the fundamentals of substantive criminal law and procedures unique to criminal cases, including an examination of the practical aspects of prosecution and defense, the constitutional rights of the accused, plea bargaining, and the unique aspects of a criminal trial.
Credit Hours: 3

P06 - Real Estate Law  

This course covers real property and common types of real estate transactions and conveyances. The course also covers preparation of legal instruments including deeds, contracts, leases, deeds of trust, and mortgages. Recording statutes, title examinations, and the real estate closing are also presented.
Credit Hours: 3

P07 - Law Office Management  

This is an introduction to the legal industry and the legal team. The course opens with an overview of the different types of law offices and law practices. The role of the paralegal/legal assistant is examined, as is the attorney-client relationship. Also covered are topics such as timekeeping, fee structures, billing, administrative reports, legal technology, and the law library.
Credit Hours: 3

P08 - Family Law  

The main goal of this course is to help you formulate an accurate picture of the state of family law today. We also want you to understand the role that a paralegal plays in the family law sector. The course emphasizes substantive law and overview of common procedures related to domestic relations law, including the formation and dissolution of marriage, marital property, child custody and support, and related matters.
Credit Hours: 3

P09 - Legal Research and Writing  

This course opens with the proper use of basic grammar and punctuation. Next, how to effectively communicate in a legal setting and how to employ the various sources and methods of legal research are presented. The student will also learn how to take a given case from its infancy and see it through the final stages of disposition, including providing the proper legal analysis, writing an objective memorandum or persuasive brief, and finally, drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery.
Credit Hours: 3

P10 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates  

This course outlines the duties a paralegal may perform when drafting a will or trust or when assisting with the administration of an estate. It further presents the unique terminology and general principles of this area of law, the step-by-step procedures that are necessary to draft wills and trusts, as well as the ethical standards imposed on legal assistants in the area of wills, trusts, and estates.
Credit Hours: 3

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  What You Get

All textbooks and learning materials you’ll need to complete the online Paralegal Certificate program are included in your tuition. Interest-free monthly payments make achieving your education goals easy.

The flexibility of online learning allows you to move at your own pace, and when you need help, our Academic Advisors and student help desk will lend a hand. The program includes:

  • Comprehensive textbooks and study guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates receive a certificate suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Be proud knowing you earned your Undergraduate Paralegal Certificate online from a nationally accredited college.

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