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Did you know you can earn your paralegal certificate online? You can also become a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. Each of these online training programs enables you to prepare for various legal careers.

Paralegal Course

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Overview

The new online Certified Paralegal Program will prepare you for success in a growing career field. You’ll learn about the U.S. legal system, 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. Your training will prepare you to take the Certified Paralegal certification exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
 
All materials are included in the cost of this program. Upon successfully completing, you will receive a voucher to sit for the Certified Paralegal exam.
 
This online career training program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers. It’s entirely online and is completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive twelve (12) months to complete this program.

 


 

Objectives

After completing this program, you will:

  • Understand the common responsibilities and duties of paralegals
  • Know how the paralegal field is regulated
  • Understand ethics for attorneys and paralegals
  • Be familiar with how the U.S. legal system is structured and how it operates
  • Be able to perform legal analyses
  • Conduct legal interviews
  • Understand the duties of a litigation assistant in the four stages of litigation
  • Conduct legal research
  • Implement guidelines and proper etiquette for legal writing
  • Understand methods of formal and informal administrative advocacy

 


 

Details

Become one of the more than 250,000 paralegals in the United States. Paralegals are involved in sophisticated legal work in traditional law office settings and in the corporate, government, and public arenas. Obtaining a quality education is the best way to prepare for the paralegal profession. This self-paced, online program concludes with a capstone project and a portfolio review. You will learn how to create a strong resume that encompasses your specialized skill set and showcases the impact you make for your next employer. You'll be paired with an instructor for one-on-one assistance, and you'll also receive free access to NALA Campus and Westlaw.
 
Through a special arrangement with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Campus, your tuition includes free access to the preparatory exam courses offered at NALA Campus. Regardless of whether or not you're eligible for certification or plan to take the exam, the NALA Campus preparatory courses are a value-added addition to your paralegal education.
 
Paralegal students receive free access to Westlaw to complete their assigned research projects. Westlaw is an online legal research service that provides fast and easy access to an extensive collection of legal resources, news, business and public records information. Access to the number-one rated online legal resource, Westlaw, will benefit you tremendously as you perform your legal research assignments during your paralegal education.

 


 

Prerequisites


In order to enroll in this program, you must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. We also recommend that you have computer skills, including knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and PowerPoint), and good keyboarding skills (60 words per minute or faster). Also helpful are good skills in English grammar, spelling, punctuation and composition.
 
Note: If you plan to pursue the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA) credential, you must meet one of the requirements for eligibility shown below under the heading "NALA Certification Eligibility Requirements."

 


 

Tuition


Certified Paralegal Program: $2,395
Certified Paralegal Program (with exam voucher*): $2,495
*The Certified Paralegal examination is offered through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does this program prepare me for certification?

    Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Paralegal Exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and receive an exam voucher after successful completion of the program and financial obligation. NALA Certification information.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. When you register, you’ll receive twelve (12) months to complete the program.

  • Am I guaranteed a job?

    Ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

  • Audit Course Registration

    $500 per course To audit a course from UNF's Certified Financial Planner™ Certificate Program, you must provide proof of prior course work by sending transcripts to UNF Continuing Education. Upon successful completion of an audited course, UNF will not award a grade or certificate. The purpose of auditing a course is to obtain knowledge to better prepare in a specific area.

  • Do I have to buy additional materials?

    All materials are included. The cost of materials will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials via UPS ground service upon registration. Materials include:

    • "Introduction to Paralegalism" by William P. Statsky
    • "Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work" by Roger Miller and Mary Meinzinger
    • Access to Westlaw: Legal Solutions
  • Can I get financial assistance?

    Ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Read our Financial Assistance page for more information.

  • What happens when I complete the course?

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    Please note: There are two options for this program. If you select the (Voucher Included) program. Upon successful completion of the program and financial obligation, you will receive an exam voucher to sit for the exam.

  • What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

  • Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because Ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

  • Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    Current Instructor:

    Casey Thompson received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree, with his major concentration in management, from Texas Tech University in 1994. After beginning his business career, he enrolled in the evening law school program at Texas A&M (formerly Texas Wesleyan) School of Law in 1996. Casey worked full time while attending law school at night. He graduated and passed the Bar exam in 2000. This experience gives Casey a better understanding of the requirements of the non-traditional student.

    Casey became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 2000. His major areas of practice were business and corporate law, entertainment law, and intellectual property rights. Along with this online Paralegal program, he also currently teaches as a traditional college classroom instructor in the areas of state and federal government.

  • When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

  • What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer - Mac or PC. You don’t have to use the same computer to login to the program every time. 

    It is recommended that students have Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and PowerPoint) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

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  • How can I get more information about this program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to call us at 1-877-221-5151. We will answer your questions promptly.

Paralegal Job Postings

We love to recommend our paralegal students! For more information, contact us at (904) 620-4200 or unfce@unf.edu. Kindly let us know when you have filled the position so we may remove the posting.

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    For the safety of our clients and staff, everyone at Pajcic & Pajcic has been vaccinated for COVID, and this requirement applies equally to all applicants. If interested in applying, please send cover letter, resume, and available work schedule (Monday through Friday) via email to Eva@pajcic.com for consideration.

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    Flexible work hours are available. 20-30 hours per week max. Please forward your resume to gchastain@oharalawfirm.com.

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    • have a positive, friendly and upbeat personality;
    • have a professional appearance and demeanor;
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    • be proficient in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word and multi-line telephone systems; and
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    Ansbacher Law is a rapidly expanding law firm specializing in real estate law, construction law, civil litigation, condominium law and personal injury law. The firm provides paid education benefits, health care, life insurance, paid personal time off, and a retirement plan for eligible employees.

    If you are interested in this position please:

    1. Furnish your resume with specific dates and location of employment.
    2. Send a brief cover letter that includes the position for which you are applying.
    3. Provide at least two relevant professional references and state their relationship to you.
    4. Type only "Civil Litigation Assistant" in the subject line of your response.


    Compensation: Competitive salary + 401k retirement plan + health insurance benefits + performance bonus

    Apply to: lisa@ansbacher.net

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    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

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    Link for more information on being a contract paralegal. 

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