Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Paralegal Certificate Course

Paralegal Certificate Course


     Designed for Beginning and Advanced Legal workers

    • Assist trial attorneys
    • Interview witnesses
    • Research the law
    • Assist in case preparation

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand. There are no prerequisites, but students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each weekly session. This program will help students increase their office's efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from St. Cloud State University. To receive a Certificate, students must pass six quizzes and successfully complete five legal document writing assignments.


Students can expect 10-15 hours of homework (reading) each week.


Online Program

  • 90 Hours of Instruction
  • Two consecutive seven week sessions
    • Students have 14 weeks to complete the online course (7 weeks for paralegal I and 7 weeks for paralegal II.
  • WESTLAW, legal research access, available during the online session (maximum of seven weeks) for only $89. Order Online Now

  • Professional Certificate Awarded by St. Cloud State University

 Course Outline - Paralegal I

  • Lesson 1: Legal Terminology, Legal Process, and Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Lesson 2: Ethics, Torts, and Contracts
  • Lesson 3: Legal Documents and Legal Analysis
  • Lesson 4: Discovery Documents and Legal Interviewing
  • Lesson 5 & 6: Evidence and Legal Investigation
  • Lesson 7: Course Wrap-up

Course Outline - Paralegal II

  • Lesson 1: Legal Authority
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Legal Research, Secondary Sources and Finding Tools
  • Lesson 3: Citation Format and Appellate Procedure
  • Lesson 4: Computerized Legal Research
  • Lesson 5: Legal Writing and Analysis
  • Lesson 6 & 7: Law Office Administration & Informal and Formal Advocacy , Job-Hunting Techniques & Course Wrap-up

The online course is completed in two consecutive seven-week sessions.  Both sessions must be successfully completed in order to receive a certificate.  Students may begin their course study with any online session offered (Session I or Session II).

Upcoming Online Session Dates:

October 17 - December 2, 2016

January 10 - February 25, 2017


For further information visit the Center for Legal Studies Paralegal course web site or contact Tammy at


Online Registration - click on link under Online

Paralegal Certificate (C)

Required Books and Materials may be ordered through our partner, Center for Legal Studies. More information at the registration site. Click on price above, then select Online, and you will see the order information for required and recommended materials.


Registration by phone at 1-800-522-7737 (pay by credit card)

If online registration isn’t an option, please call SCSU at 320-308-4723 or 320-308-4962; you'll be asked to fill out the registration form below and pay by check.

Registration Form (PDF) 


If you'd like to spread your payments over 3 months you can consider using our payment plan.  If you are registering using the Payment Plan complete the process below then complete and submit the Registration Form above.

Payment Plan

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