Prepare for a career as a paralegal. Paralegalism is one of the fastest growing careers in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of paralegals to increase 28% between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the national average for all occupations.
The Paralegal Certificate Program is offered in partnership by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Center for Legal Studies.
The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in most 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.
In this online course, you'll have direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of email and a discussion board. You'll have 14 weeks to complete the course.
- Legal terminology, ethics, and the litigation process
- the rules of evidence and civil procedure
- basic interviewing and investigation techniques and the development and use of demonstrative evidence
- preparation of discovery matter, such as Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, and Requests for Production of Documents.
- how to identify relevant law
- research skills and techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs
- preparation of legal documents
- preparation and critique of legal memoranda
Who Should Attend?
$1,595 (does not include course materials)
Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 9.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing the course.
Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Your grade will be based on your completion of tests, memos, and class participation assignments /Bulletin Board Submissions. The tests and writing assignments can be accessed from within the lesson material. You will have the opportunity to engage in “class participation” by using the Bulletin Board tool to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material. All assignments must be submitted to pass the course. 70% is the minimum passing score on all assignments.