Course Detail: CEPD-PLCCOL - Paralegal Certificate CourseŠ

Course Description


This course will provide you withcomprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach youpractical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses,investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparingcases for courtroom litigation. Gain working knowledge of legal authority: howit is used in the litigation process and how to locate it through legalresearch. You will also learn the basics of law office management, substantivelaw (such as criminal law, domestic relations, real property law, andbankruptcy), and informal and formal advocacy.



Funding Available: This is a WIOA Approved Program - click for more funding information.

Who should enroll?

This intensive, nationally acclaimedprogram is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Studentswill be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns,research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases forcourtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to thoseareas of law in which paralegals are inmost demand.

Additional Information

Students have 14 weeks to completethe online course (7 weeks for Paralegal I and 7 weeks for Paralegal II.) Pleasenote that the course fee covers both halves of the course. Studentsmay choose any session listed at the bottom of the page to begin the coursewith Paralegal I and they will be automatically enrolled in the followingsession for Paralegal II.

Session Descriptions

"Legal Terminology, Documents,Ethics, and the Litigation Process"
This session focuses on the history of American jurisprudence, the theory oflaw, the legal process, and the nature of litigation. Discussion will coverpre-trial, trial and post-trial procedures as well as an in-depth coverage oflegal ethics. At the end of the first session of class, students will know howto prepare a Complaint/Petition, Answer, Third Party Complaint/Petition, andMotion for Summary Judgment.

"Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate"
This session covers the rules of evidence and civil procedure. Basicinterviewing and investigation techniques and the development and use ofdemonstrative evidence will also be explained. At the end of the second sessionof class, students will prepare discovery matter such as Interrogatories,Request for Admissions and Request for Production of Documents.

"Identifying Relevant Authority"
During this session, students will learn how to identify relevant law,determine the differences between primary and secondary authority, and betweenmandatory and persuasive authority, and learn how to find and apply authorityto hypothetical factual situations.

"Introduction to Legal Research"
Students will learn research techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions,and briefs. Primary and secondary source materials will be discussed, and aconcise approach to legal research will be developed.

"Legal Research Practice"
Legal research skills will be applied this session with emphasis on sherardizingstatutes and case law and learning to use computerized legal researchterminals. Numerous research assignments will be given, discussed, andcritiqued. The West Key Number SystemŽ will be learned thoroughly.

"Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure"
This session will concentrate on the preparation and critique of legalmemoranda, including an Interoffice Memorandum of Law and Appellate Brief.Principles of appellate procedure will also be reviewed. Proper citation formatwill be covered along with a discussion of job-hunting techniques and job leadsfor those seeking their first employment as paralegals.

Registration Deadlines

Course Begins

Register By

Course Ends

January 10

January 14

February 25, 2022

March 7

March 11

April 22, 2022

May 2

May 6

June 17, 2022

June 27

July 1

August 12, 2022

August 22

August 26

October 7, 2022

October 17

October 21

December 2, 2022

Required Books

Paralegal Career for Dummies, with CDof Forms - ISBN 0-471-79956-4

Paralegal Certificate CourseŠ Workbook- ISBN978-0-615-33356-4

Legal Document Preparation Manual for the ParalegalCertificate Course - ISBN 978-0-9637248-4-7

Introduction to Paralegalism, 8th Edition- ISBN978-1-285-44905-0

Federal Civil Rules Booklet - ISBN 978-1934852378

Uniform System of Citation - ISBN 9780692400197

Westlaw Access

Recommended Books

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition - ISBN978-1-4180-8091-4

There are no prerequisites to take the course. 

Continuing Education Units and Contact Hours
90 contact hours or 9.0 CEUs

 Session Detail: CEPD-PLCCOL-22FA2

Schedule: 100 % Online Self Paced
Times: 12:00am - 11:59pm
$ : $1895.00

Facility Detail

Online Self-Paced
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484