Center for Continuing Studies

Legal Investigation Certificate

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.

2017 sessions

  • Oct. 16 - Dec. 1

2018 sessions

  • Jan. 8 - Feb. 23
  • Mar. 5 - Apr. 20
  • Apr. 30 - June 15
  • June 25 - Aug. 10
  • Aug. 20 - Oct. 5
  • Oct. 15 - Nov. 30

Cost: $645 online; $685 via DVD; $645 text only.

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
  • 320-308-4723 or 320-308-6100, and pay by check
  • Complete this form (PDF)

Need a payment plan?

  1. Complete a registration form, submit it by email, mail or fax
  2. Make a 25 percent down-payment and arrange monthly payments 
Contact: Angela Olson