Center for Continuing Studies

Legal Investigation Certificate

WIOA
WIOA Certified
MN Deeds WIOA

Our seven-week online program gives you the qualifications to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies, private businesses and state and federal government agencies with criminal and civil investigations.

When you finish, you'll have new, marketable skills and be able to create your own freelance investigation business. You'll earn a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University.

You will be expected to spend an average of at least 8 hours per week on reading and writing assignments in this accelerated course.

You'll learn about:

  • arson investigation
  • products liability investigation
  • personal injury and traffic accident forensics
  • employment accident investigation
  • investigation of financial and equity matters
  • professional malpractice and negligence
  • skip-tracing
  • ethics
  • rules of evidence
  • fact- and evidence-gathering techniques
  • interviewing techniques
  • the role of a legal investigator in preparing for civil and criminal litigation
  • job-hunting techniques

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.

2019 Sessions

Cost:  $729 online and text only

  • Oct. 21 - Dec. 6

2020 Sessions

Cost:  $995 online and text only

  • Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24
  • May 4 - June 19
  • June 29 - Aug. 14
  • Aug. 24 - Oct. 9
Materials: Order "Federal Civil Rules Booklet" and "Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition" through The Center for Legal Studies.

WESTLAW legal research access available through the course.

Alternate registrations

  • 800-522-7737, and pay by credit card
  • Complete this form (PDF) to pay by check or purchase order

Need a payment plan?  Two easy steps:

  1. Complete a registration form (PDF), then submit it by email or mail
  2. Contact legal@scsutraining.com to initiate your payment plan

What is required?

  • 25 percent down-payment
  • Monthly payments 
  • Nonrefundable $30 enrollment fee

Ways to Pay:

  • Auto Debit - automatically deducts payment from checking/savings account
  • Pay via mobile apps
  • Online - log on to make a one-time payment
  • Mail a payment 
  • Online bank payment  through your bank's online bill pay service

Contact: Angela Olson