Criminal Law Specialist Certificate Program

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Acquire the knowledge and skills needed as a paralegal in criminal law.

Program Overview: 

In criminal law, a defendant’s freedom is at stake and the processes leading up to and during a trial are crucial. This Criminal Law Specialist Certificate Program serves as a great education opportunity for paralegals or other legal staff interested in expanding their knowledge of criminal law to advance their career. This program is designed to help you refine your criminal litigation knowledge, enhance your interview skills, perform in-depth research and prepare for a criminal trial. The program is self-paced, allowing you to start anytime and complete assignments on a schedule that is convenient for you. Each course includes instructor guidance, exercises, quizzes, chapter reviews, lecture notes and other innovative online learning tools. See required courses and electives to choose from below:


  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law

Once you have begun this program, you will work with your instructor to determine which elective course fits best with your particular area of interest. You will choose one of the following electives:

  • E-Discovery
  • Legal Ethics
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Advanced Legal Research
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Experienced paralegals or individuals with prior legal education needing or wanting specialized legal training in criminal law
  • We recommend that applicants have one of the following in order to be optimally successful in this course:
    • certificate or degree in paralegal studies
    • combination of a college degree in any area of study and at least one year of legal experience
    • foreign law degree or some law school experience
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Terminology for Criminal Law
  • Arrest, search, and seizure issues
  • Interrogations and confessions
  • Discovery in criminal cases
  • Crimes against persons & property
  • Arraignment
  • Defenses, sentencing, and appeal etc.
Additional Information: 

Tuition does not include the cost of required textbooks. The online book link is provided to students once they are enrolled in the program. The books vary from course to course but average anywhere from $45 to $160 per book. However, used books are often available.

This course is not available for college credit.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units: 12.0 CEUs
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For withdrawal, transfer and refund information, see Policy Code C.

At A Glance

Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete the program.
Online Self-paced
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