— Adam S.
I had a great experience with CLS. Well-organized content, accessible instructors, engaging coursework. Overall a great experience.
About this course
The ability to effectively conduct legal research and analysis is an important aspect of any legal career. With your paralegal certificate in hand or a year of legal experience under your belt, you’re ready to learn more advanced approaches to legal research, briefing cases and writing to the law. We can help you build on your paralegal skills to expand your expertise and grow your career.
Flexible online education
For over 40 years, CLS has provided students with flexible and effective legal education through a variety of formats catered to a busy life. All formats are designed and updated to remain on pace with the current industry, and are taught by working professionals. The Advanced Legal Research and Writing course is offered 100% online, so you can complete your coursework around your schedule while still benefiting from regular instructor and peer interaction.
CLS by BARBRI Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course offered in a convenient online format. Classes are available from any computer with internet access. This course is designed to more thoroughly examine advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal sources available in the law library and online.
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- Delivers hands-on practical application research exercises to hone your research skills.
- Get instruction in Westlaw© tutorials.
- Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students.
About California State University San Marcos
Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos is a new kind of university — technologically sophisticated, fully engaged in the community and pushing the boundaries of innovation. Our hands-on, real-world curriculum and applied research fuels the creativity that yields ideas to solve critical 21st century problems.
Advanced and specialized approaches to utilizing the legal resources available in a law library and elsewhere will be examined. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard-copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries, and how to effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing. Coursework in Advanced Legal Research and Writing is equivalent to 50 hours of study.
As the practice of legal research evolves from largely hard-copy centric searches to computer-assisted queries, your ability to use advanced approaches to legal research, briefing cases and writing to the law will only increase your salary potential and marketability. From greater job readiness to endless opportunities for career advancement, this course is the natural next step in your paralegal career. Set yourself up for career success with this rewarding program. Learn more.
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CLS courses are designed for adult students and are taught on a college level. Minimum requirements to take any of our courses are a high school diploma or GED, and to be 18 years of age prior to enrollment.
Traditional financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) usually do not apply to these courses due to their continuing education status. Please view our Payment Options information to explore possible options.
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— Anna I.
CLS allowed me to get my certificate from the comfort of my own home and I loved that I could choose which main university the certificate would be coming from as well. Thank you for the positive experience!
— Jodi B.
I was very impressed with the course content, knowledge and availability of the professor and pace of the course. Definitely recommend CLS!
— Josh M.
The feedback from the online instructors and the CLS administrative staff was excellent! This was one of the most important factors for me since it is an online program. The online element of the CLS program is convenient, efficient and, to an certain extent, personalized to fit anyone’s particular needs.
— Melanie R.
I enjoyed the CLS program because it was flexible, practical, and educational. All objectives were clearly laid out each week and I learned so much from all the reading and assignments. You work hard for your grades and it definitely pays off.
— Brian H.
The online courses are great and convenient. They are perfect for someone working part or full-time.
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