Center for Continuing Studies

Paralegal Certificate

WIOA
WIOA Certified
MN Deeds WIOA

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning and advanced legal workers who want new job skills or want to increase their office's efficiency, productivity and billable hours.

You'll be qualified to:

  • assist trial attorneys
  • interview witnesses
  • research the law
  • investigate complex facts
  • assist in case preparation

What you can expect

  • 10-15 hours of reading and homework a week.
  • 90 hours of instruction in two consecutive sessions (seven weeks for paralegal I; seven weeks for paralegal II.
  • 7-week WESTLAW, legal research access, available during the online session for $89.
  • You can begin your course with either online session offered.
  • You'll earn your St. Cloud State University certificate after you complete the courses, successfully pass six quizzes and finish five legal document writing assignments.

DVD

  • DVD format is available to students who, because of location or schedule conflicts, are unable to take the course in other formats.
  • Students have a maximum of 6 months to complete Paralegal I and 6 months to complete Paralegal II (12 months total).

 What you'll learn

 Paralegal I

  • Legal terminology, legal process, and rules of civil procedure
  • Ethics, torts, and contracts
  • Legal documents and legal analysis
  • Discovery documents and legal interviewing
  • Evidence and legal investigation

Paralegal II

  • Legal authority
  • Introduction to legal research, secondary sources and finding tools
  • Citation format and appellate procedure
  • Computerized legal research
  • Legal writing and analysis
  • Law office administration and informal and formal advocacy
  • Job-hunting techniques

2019 Sessions

Cost:  $1,395 online and text, $1,435 DVD

  • Oct. 21 - Dec. 6

2020 Sessions

Cost:  $1,595 online, live and text, $1,635 DVD

  • Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24
  • May 4 - June 19
  • June 29 - Aug. 14
  • Aug. 24 - Oct. 9
Materials: Order through The Center for Legal Studies.

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