Center for Continuing Studies

Paralegal Certificate

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

2020 Sessions

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

  • Aug. 24 - Oct. 9
  • Oct. 19 - Dec. 4
  • Jan. 11 - Feb. 26
  • March 8 - April 23
  • May 3 - June 18
Materials: Order through The Center for Legal Studies.

Alternate registrations

  • 800-522-7737 to pay with credit card
  • Complete this form (PDF) to pay by check / invoice / purchase order

Interested in a payment plan?

  • Click Register Online above
  • Add the course to your cart
  • At checkout click on “Learn More”
  • Answer a few questions (under 2 minutes)
  • Select a payment plan or
  • Register and pay with credit card
Contact: Tammy Anhalt-Warner