The Center for Legal Studies
Online Student Login
1 (800) 522-7737
Toll Free
Join us on Facebook!
Visit our Online Store
Quick Links
Online Schedule

Online sessions begin every eight weeks throughout the year. Online courses are available virtually anytime, in the comfort and privacy of your home or office or access from any computer with an Internet connection.

Online Schedule for 2016

  • Spring Session II: March 7 - April 22, 2016
  • Summer Session I: May 2 - June 17, 2016
  • Summer Session II: June 27 - August 12, 2016
  • Fall Session I: August 22 - October 7, 2016
  • Fall Session II: October 17 - December 2, 2016
Paralegal Certificate Course©

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 paralegals 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 your own freelance business. This program can help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills.

Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of email and a discussion board. Students have 14 weeks to complete the online course (7 weeks for paralegal I and 7 weeks for paralegal II). Students must complete both Paralegal 1 and Paralegal 2 to be awarded a Certificate.

Please call 800-522-7737 for book prices and to order, or visit our Online Store.

Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course

Through the convenience of your computer, these classes are available to students who wish to extensively build upon their knowledge of law and paralegal studies with classes in specialized facets of contemporary law. These classes build upon the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course© offered by the University of Michigan-Flint and over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Your study and concentration on substantively specific materials will enable you to gain a strong competitive edge over other paralegals, which should in turn increase your salary and marketability. Students interact through an online discussion board, and assignments and exams are emailed to your instructor for critique and grading. Each of these topics is completed in one 7-week online session, and due to significant homework requirements, students may take a maximum of three topics per seven-week online session.

The Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course will greatly enhance your understanding of many of the substantive law areas that you have discussed during the Paralegal Certificate Course©.

Victim Advocacy Certificate Course

This seven week online program is designed to train and qualify students to provide assistance to crime victims, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Participants will be prepared to work with state and county governments as advocates for crime victims, assisting them in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Course

This seven week online course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Specific attention will be given to Mediation, Arbitration, Summary Jury Trials, Mini-Trials and Moderated Settlement Conferences. Students can benefit from taped live lectures or by taking the course online with the added advantage of reviewing the materials as many times as necessary for full retention of the information. ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) is geared to all professionals who are focused on “interest-based bargaining.” This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions.