Course Detail: ONL114 - Certified Paralegal

Become a Certified Paralegal

Paralegals play a vital role in the legal profession. These qualified professionals take on a variety of tasks ranging from legal research to drafting legal documents in traditional law office settings and in the corporate, government, and public arenas. Formal training is a critical part of preparing for a career as a paralegal.

This Paralegal course will help you gain the skills you need to enter the paralegal workforce. You will learn how to conduct legal research and legal interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. As you prepare for your paralegal career, you will also receive soft skills training to increase workplace effectiveness. The course concludes with a capstone project and a portfolio review. You will first create a complete litigation file that includes: a legal analysis brief, an investigative report, client interview checklist, intake memo, complaint, legal research, and interoffice memorandum of law. Then, you will learn how to create a strong resume that encompasses your specialized skill set and showcases the impact you would make for your next employer.

Through a partnership with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), you will also receive membership and access to NALA's Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam Review courses should you choose to take the NALA CP exam.


What you will learn:

  • Learn the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system
  • Master how to perform legal research and interviews
  • Prepare to take the Certified Paralegal certification exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • Understand the basics of litigation communication skills
  • Soft skills for workplace effectiveness
  • Learn necessary skills required to thrive within the legal industry
How you will benefit:
  • Jump-start your career as a paralegal
  • Work with an instructor for one-on-one assistance, and receive free access to NALA Campus and Westlaw
  • Prepare a professional resume and portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, you will need a high school diploma or GED equivalent to start a career as a paralegal. It is also recommended that you have basic computer skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and fundamental keyboarding skills. A strong grasp of English grammar conventions, such as spelling, punctuation, and composition, is also recommended.



  • Paralegal in the Legal System
  • Paralegal Employment
  • On-the-Job Realities
  • Regulation of Paralegals
  • Attorney and Paralegal Ethics
  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Introduction to Legal Analysis
  • Legal Interviewing
  • Investigation in a Law Office
  • Litigation Management
  • Legal Research 101
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Introduction to the Use of Computers
  • Introduction to Law Office Administration
  • Tort Law, Product Liability, and Consumer Law
  • Contracts, Insurance, and Property Law
  • Estates and Family Law
  • Laws Affecting Business
  • Criminal Law
  • Capstone


About the Instructor

Casey Thompson

Casey Thompson is a licensed attorney in Texas. Before he started teaching, his major areas of practice were business and corporate law, entertainment law, and intellectual property rights. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and holds a law degree from the Texas A&M School of Law. Along with his online paralegal courses, Thompson also teaches at the college level in the areas of state and federal government.


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 Session Information: 24SONL114

Schedule: This course is fully online and self-paced. Start any time!
Times: 12:01am-12:02am EDT
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