Center for Continuing Studies

Personal Injury for Paralegals

WIOA Certified

Our accelerated course teaches the case-building techniques vital to a personal injury paralegal's success in the law office.

We will examine damages recovery, statutes of limitations, and schemes for liability. You will learn interviewing and investigation techniques and the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents.

Class discussions and material will cover car accidents, slip and falls, medical negligence/malpractice, manufacturer product defects, and class-action lawsuits.

You also will gain an understanding of the negligence theory of torts, the basis of many personal injury claims.


  • You will be expected to spend at least 12 hours per week reading and completing assignments.
  • This course is the equivalent of at least 50 hours of study.
  • The passing score on all tests and assignment is 70 percent.
  • Extensions will not be granted.

Class topics

  • Introduction to torts and the elements of negligence
  • Defenses to negligence
  • Medical malpractice and reviewing medical records
  • Intentional torts & their defenses
  • Strict liability, product liability, nuisance & workers' comp
  • The personal injury trial

What you earn

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

2019 Sessions

  • July 1 - Aug. 16
  • Aug. 26 - Oct. 11
  • Oct. 21 - Dec. 6

2020 Sessions

  • Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24
  • May 4 - June 19
Cost: $729

Materials: Order "Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals" and "Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition" 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 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