Pursue a Career in One of the Fastest Growing Legal Professions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is projected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, which will add over 41,000 positions. The Paralegal Certificate Program will prepare you for a career as a paralegal, giving you the skills you need to secure a position in the industry.

If you’re interested in law but don’t want to endure the lengthy process and expenses associated with becoming a lawyer, then becoming a paralegal might be the right option for you. Like lawyers, paralegals can specialize in certain types of law, such as criminal, corporate, immigration and family. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in high demand. Students will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.


Format: Online or Classroom

Hours: 84

Credits: 8.4 CEUs

When: June 4 - July 31

Cost: $1,595 + materials

The Paralegal Certificate Program is offered in partnership by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and CLS by BARBRI. Over the course of eight weeks, you will cover these six topics:

Session 1: Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, and the Litigation Process
Session 2: Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate
Session 3: Identifying Relevant Authority
Session 4: Introduction to Legal Research
Session 5: Legal Research Practice
Session 6: Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals seeking paralegal training and skills necessary for a career as a paralegal
  • Current paralegals wanting to increase their office's efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

Live-Online Option – Register Now
Instructor-led, virtual online class sessions
June 4 - July 31, 2021
(No class July 2 & 3)
Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

With this option, you will meet in the virtual classroom, viewing and interacting with the instructor in the classroom.

Classroom Option – Register Now
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
June 4 - July 31, 2021
(No class July 2 & 3)
Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

With this option, you will meet on-campus in a socially-distanced classroom.

COVID-19 Impact and Update

Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia -- along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions -- requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings. Face covering use is in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Our classrooms are configured to ensure that participants will be able to practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are available in all classrooms and common areas.

If circumstances necessitate a shift to online/virtual learning, or a combination of online/virtual and classroom learning, students will be notified.

Course Format:
Live-Online or Classroom

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 

$1,595 (does not include course materials)

Gail Stowers received a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Georgia and attended paralegal school in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stowers worked as a litigation paralegal with the law firm of Beaver, Holt and Richardson, and later attended Webster University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she received a dual Masters degree in Management and in Human Resources.

Stowers has been employed with the State Personnel Administration in the Legal Services Division as a Human Resources Project Manager and Employee Relations Specialist for more than 10 years. Some of her responsibilities include legal research, program management of the statewide alternative dispute resolution program, ADA Compliance manager and consultant to managers, employees and non-state entities. She also participates in some legislative and diversity management activities.