Center for Continuing Studies

Advanced Legal Research and Writing Certificate

Our course teaches the advanced and specialized research approaches to using a law library and online research sites.

You'll learn the conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research. You'll also learn how to formulate WESTLAW® search queries and to use online legal research methods as timesaving devices.


  • You must have completed the core Paralegal Certificate Course or have one year paralegal experience prior to enrolling in this course.

Topics covered

  • Legal authorities and citations
  • Writing legal analysis
  • WESTLAW® online legal research
  • The Legal Memorandum of law
  • Manual legal research
  • Types of legal writing


  • Complete reading and homework assignments
  • Assigned advanced legal research project
  • Assigned advanced legal writing assignment
  • Final research and writing projects presented for grading

What you earn

Successful graduates earn a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University, and a certificate of course hours completed from The Center for Legal Studies.

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