Paralegal Certificate Program

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Start a rewarding paralegal career in less than five months.

Program Overview: 

The Paralegal Certificate Program teaches the most in-demand legal skills and provides a foundational knowledge of ethics and legal principles to help you begin a successful career in the field of law. In less than five months, you will learn current legal processes, best practices in research and analysis, and become familiar with essential topics in law such as torts, contracts and civil procedures. You will gain practical and technical skills and competencies relevant to a range of legal fields. Through a combination of lectures, assignments, projects and exams, students gain an in-depth understanding of the following topic areas:

  • Essential Skills for Paralegals
  • Tort Law
  • Texas Civil Procedure and Evidence
  • Contract Law
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Anyone considering a paralegal career
  • Aspiring attorneys wanting to gain legal knowledge before law school
  • Professionals with transferable skills seeking a career change such as nurses, teachers, law enforcement officers, business managers or healthcare staff
  • Current paralegals needing more formal training
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understand the fundamental tasks paralegals often perform and the skills necessary to meet your client’s needs using real-world cases and scenarios.
  • Learn best practices in document preparation, file maintenance, as well as legal writing and research using Westlaw and Lexis research tools.
  • Gain foundational knowledge in interview and investigation techniques, legal analysis and civil procedures.
  • Acquire skills in resume preparation and strategies for employment geared specifically towards law firms, as well as tips for interviewing and cover letter drafting.
  • Understand the Texas Civil Procedure of Evidence, explore tort law, contract law and other civil law practices.
Prerequisites: 

Prospective students must have at least a high school diploma. An associate's or bachelor's degree is highly recommended. Successful students enter the program with strong written and verbal communication skills and a high level of proficiency with standard word processing software. Internet and email access are required to complete the program.

Additional Information: 

The Center for Professional Education (CPE) is proud to be approved to train veteran eligible persons. 

Textbooks: The registration fee does NOT include the required course textbooks, which you can purchase online through amazon.com.

Essentials:
The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach
6th Edition
ISBN: 978-1285857152
Publisher: Cengage Learning

Torts:
Tort Law for Paralegals
5th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-4548-5219-3
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer

Contracts:
Basic Contract Law for Paralegals
8th Edition
ISBN: 978-1454855552
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Procedure/Evidence:
O’Connor’s Texas Rules: Civil Trials 2018
2018 Edition
ISBN: 978-1598392906
Publisher: Jones McClure

 

Recommended: You can call the publisher at 800-626-6667 to get a special student price.

For the first week of class, you will need The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach textbook.  Please note, it may take a while to receive your books, so please order them at least 10 days before the first day of class.  Contact the Program Coordinator for details.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units: 9.9 CEUs
Program ID: 
PLC-5001

At A Glance

Duration: 
Cohort-based program meets over 5 months
Modality: 
In-person
Tuition: 
Early-bird discount until 30 days prior to start date: $4,995. Regular: $5,295
Payment Options: 

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