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Paralegal Certificate

Department: Continuing Education

Total Credit Hours: non-credit

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Online Study

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Training includes instruction on how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegal are most in demand. The Paralegal Certificate Course offers instruction on how to work as a full-time or part-time paralegal, or how to open you own freelance business. There are no prerequisites other than a high school diploma (or GED), but students must be prepared to complete a significant amount of homework each week. This program can help students increase their office's efficiency, productivity and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills.

Registration

Register Online or call 636-922-8233

Formats, Fees and Materials

For schedule visit stchas.edu/learnforlife, or call 636-922-8233. 

Online course: A new class begins every eight weeks.

The online course is completed in two seven-week sessions and both sessions must be successfully completed in order to receive a certificate. Students may begin their course study with any online session offered.

Online Course Schedule:

  • 2021 Session 2: March 8 - April 23, 2021
  • 2021 Session 3: May 3 - June 18, 2021
  • 2021 Session 4: June 28 - August 13, 2021
  • 2021 Session 5: August 23 - October 8, 2021
  • 2021 Session 6: October 18 - December 3, 2021
  • 2022 Session 1: January 10 - February 25, 2022

Tuition: $1,595 (Tuition does not include textbooks or WESTLAW legal research access).

Topics of Study

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. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand.

Live Lecture:

Paralegal I: Reading Assignments for Lesson Topics:
Lesson One: Legal Terminology, Legal Process, and Rules of Civil Procedure
• Read Chapter 6 in Introduction to Paralegalism (“Statsky”).
• Read Chapters 4 & 6 in Paralegal Career for Dummies (“PCD”).
• Read Chapter 7 pages 101 up to and including Rule 56 on page 111 in PCD (pages 99-108 if you have the first edition).
• Review the legal terms on pages 315-336 of PCD (pages 309-334 if you have the first edition).
• Read Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, concentrating on Rules 1-56.

Lesson Two: Ethics, Torts, and Contracts
• Read Chapter 5 in Statsky.
• Read Chapters 5, 15, & 19 in PCD.
• Read Chapters 1 & 2 in Legal Document Preparation Manual (“Legal Doc Prep”)

Lesson Three: Legal Documents and Legal Analysis
• Read Chapters 7 & 12 in Statsky
• Read Chapters 10 & 16 in PCD
• Read Chapter 3 in Legal Doc Prep

Lesson Four: Discovery Documents and Legal Interviewing
• Read Chapter 8 and Chapter 9, pages 401-423 in Statsky
• Read Chapter 12 in PCD
• Read Chapter 4 in Legal Doc Prep
• Review Chapters 10 & 16 in PCD

Lesson Five: Evidence
• Read the rest of Chapter 9 & all of Chapter 10 Statsky
• Read Chapter 11 in PCD
• Review Chapter 7 pages 111 – 116 in PCD (pages 109-114 if you have the first edition)
• Read Federal Rules of Evidence

Lesson Six: Legal Investigation
• Review Chapter 11 in PCD
• Review Chapters 7 & 9 Statsky
• Review “Introduction to the Law” Chapter 6 pages 287-293 Statsky

There are no prerequisites for the course. Students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each session. This program will help students increase their office's efficiency, productivity and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills.

Occupational Outlook

15%
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistant is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, paralegals and legal assistants earn a mean average of $49,500 per year, depending on education, experience and employer. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

 

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