Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course

Starting at:

$3,300 or

$550 per topic

These advanced topics build upon the introductory Paralegal Certificate Course©

Flexible, 100% online course with 24/7 accessibility

Complete each topic in one 7-week session

Take one, two or three topics during one online session

Complete all six topics within one year to receive certificate

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About this course

Advance your knowledge

These advanced topics build upon the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course© offered by over 150 colleges and universities nationwide. 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. Your study and concentration on substantively specific materials will enable you to gain a strong competitive edge over other paralegals. The additional training gained through participation in these advanced classes will enhance your legal knowledge and skills, which in turn should increase your salary and marketability.

  • Students who successfully complete at least six advanced topics will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
  • Completing both the Core Requirements and the Advanced Requirements of the Paralegal Certificate Program provides comprehensive training and skills that should enable graduates to work in the quickly growing paralegal profession.
  • California paralegals may need to complete Advanced Paralegal coursework to meet the requirements of California Business and Professional Code §6450. Please click here for more information.

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Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course Webinar — This session was recorded on April 19, 2022 and mentions a May 2 start date. Our courses are open enrollment and start every 8 weeks.

Advanced topics available

Advanced Legal Research

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 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 is equivalent to 45 hours of study. Learn more

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

Participants will learn negotiation skills and how to select the most cost-effective and least-intrusive ADR method to achieve the most positive result for both parties. Students will understand the processes and methods of ADR techniques, learn the proper application and limits of ADR techniques, appreciate the ethical considerations involved in ADR and develop a basic ability to apply ADR methods. Learn more

Bankruptcy Law

Bankruptcy is an area of law that has provided significant employment for paralegals. This course examines the debtor-creditor relationship and the difference between voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy, both under Chapter 7 (liquidation) and 11 (reorganization). You will study the Bankruptcy Code in depth and learn how to prepare the most important bankruptcy forms. Learn more

Business Law

This course examines the law and practice of business organizations, plus the paralegal’s potential functions in this area of law. It begins with an examination of basic agency law, followed by a study of the fundamental structure and most important legal doctrines relating to general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, small closely held corporations and large publicly traded corporations. Learn more

Constitutional Law

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the federal constitution, including the institution of judicial review, the limitations on federal judicial power, the constitutional roles of the legislative and executive branches, due process of law, and individual rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Possible future trends of the U.S. Supreme Court will also be explored. This course will focus on individual civil liberties and 42 U.S.C. section 1983 claims, emphasizing redress for violations of the Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendment rights of the U.S. Constitution. Learn more

Criminal Law

The course begins with an overview of the concept of punishment and goes on to study the burden of proof and criminal defenses. It also provides a critical look at the most common crimes. Students will learn common terminology in criminal law and how to consider a crime thoroughly in terms of its elements. Learn more

Criminal Procedure

This intensive course deals with the constitutional dimensions of criminal law and procedure. Students will leave the course with an appreciation of how the U.S. Constitution focuses on the rights of the accused and the impact upon our law enforcement system. Learn more


The Advanced Paralegal: eDiscovery topic is an introductory course for people entering the eDiscovery field, as well as professionals wanting to broaden their knowledge of the eDiscovery process. This 7-week course covers the entire eDiscovery process, from preparation to collection to review of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Throughout the 17 online modules and tests, learners will progress through the basics of eDiscovery preparation, best practices for ESI collection and, finally, the review process. The course is supplemented with a comprehensive textbook that covers most relevant eDiscovery topics. Learn more

Education Law

This course focuses on the laws that govern America’s public school system and home schooling, including student rights regarding discipline, suspension, personal grooming, testing and grading, and drug testing. Topics such as segregation, integration, dress codes and drug testing are essential not only for paralegals seeking full- or part-time law office employment, but also for teachers, school counselors and administrators working in the American education system. Learn more

Estate Planning

This course explores the paralegal’s role in estate planning. The requirements of creating enforceable wills and trusts will be covered, and study of resulting and constructive trusts will be provided. Learn more

Family Law

Family law pertains to the formation and dissolution of domestic relations, including the law of marriage, annulment, separation and dissolution, maintenance, and custody and support of children. This course will study the differences between community and separate property, the classification of property and the impact of such classification. The role of the paralegal in family law practice and the importance of mediation of domestic issues will also be discussed. Learn more

Immigration Law

This course explores all significant aspects of the immigration and naturalization process in the United States, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Topics include worker and student visas, as well as Family Residence requirements, and the removal process. Learn more

Intellectual Property

This cutting-edge course provides in-depth instruction in one of the most dynamic and challenging areas of the law. Paralegals in this exciting area work on copyrights, patents, trademarks, unfair competition, protection of trade secrets, and much more. The knowledge gained in this course is not only applicable to full- or part-time law office employment, but is also essential for authors and business owners who may be involved in entertainment and contract matters. This challenging specialty is in great demand. Learn more

Real Property Law

The law of real property is one of the basic law school courses and is a must for paralegals in a business law firm. Here we examine the system of common law property, the recording acts, conveyancing, mortgaging, landlord-tenant and financing. We cover the subjects every paralegal should know about land transactions and the documents that record the purchase, sale and leasing of real estate. Besides buyer-seller issues, the student should be able to deal with title insurance companies and recorders of deeds, and be able to recognize land finance subjects. Finally, we deal with foreclosure of mortgages and the possibility of redeeming a mortgage that has gone into default. Learn more

Victim Advocacy

This intensive online program is designed to train and qualify students to provide assistance to crime victims. The course provides an overview of criminal procedure and discusses the devastating effects crime can have on its victims. Learn more

Water Law

This intensive class is designed to give students an appreciation of the importance of allocation of water resources in the American west. Participants will learn of the common law and civil law approaches to the distribution of water in arid regions, the transportation of water from one basin to another and a hierarchy of competing uses for the water. Water was first viewed as an instrumentality of transportation (and the main impetus behind junking the Articles of Confederation in favor of the Constitution), later as power for industry, irrigation for agriculture and the water resource behind the growth of cities of the American west. Las Vegas and Phoenix, for example, would have been mere refueling stations on the transcontinental railroads were it not for massive water projects to make the desert bloom. Special emphasis will be given to Colorado’s unique system of water courts and water judges. Although this course is concerned with U.S. water law, the student will also recognize the importance of the free flow of water between the U.S. and its continental neighbors, Canada, and Mexico. Learn more

Class format

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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 paralegals.

The Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course offers you a high-quality education by providing the fundamental skills you will need to not only succeed, but advance, in today’s world of paralegal professionals.

Student is required to complete six Advanced Paralegal Course topics to receive a certificate. Each topic is offered in a 7-week online session. All six topics must be completed within one year. Student must successfully complete the Core Requirements before they take the Advanced Paralegal Course. Up to three Advanced Paralegal Course topics may be taken during a 7-week online session, and Advanced Paralegal Course topics do not have to be taken in any particular order.

Online participants should expect to spend at least 8-12 hours per week reading and preparing assignments and tests for each course. Participants who successfully complete six of the topics required of the Advanced Paralegal Course will earn up to 27 CEU’s, and will receive a Certificate of Completion from the college or university with which they have registered.

Required book purchases for the Advanced Paralegal Course will vary by topic. To view the course syllabus, please click here.

CLS by BARBRI features in a text-only format the same Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course that is offered online at colleges and universities nationwide. Student is required to complete six Advanced Paralegal Course topics to receive a certificate. You may begin this course at any time. All six topics must be completed within one year. Student must successfully complete the Core Requirements before they take the Advanced Paralegal Course. Up to three Advanced Paralegal Course topics may be taken during a six-month period and Advanced Paralegal Course topics do not have to be taken in any particular order.

Participants who successfully complete six of the topics required of the Advanced Paralegal Course will earn up to 27 CEU’s, and will receive a Certificate of Completion from the college or university with which they have registered.

Required book purchases for the Advanced Paralegal Course in the text-only format will vary by topic. Required book purchases for the Advanced Paralegal Course will vary by topic. To view the course syllabus, please click here. Contact CLS by BARBRI at 1-800-522-7737 to order books.

Course details

Learning outcomes

Are you a paralegal looking to stand out in a competitive field, increase your earning potential and grow your career? Our advanced paralegal training is your way to gain skills and competency, and to make critical contributions to your organization.

Career outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of paralegals to increase 10% through 2029. A career as a paralegal could offer you an opportunity to work in a variety of industries and increase you earning potential. Learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a High School Diploma or GED to take CLS courses?

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.

Can I get financial aid?

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.

Is the Paralegal Certificate Course© offered by The Center for Legal Studies approved by the American Bar Association?

No. In our opinion, there is no need to seek the approval of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) for any paralegal course of study. Our opinion is apparently shared by the vast majority of paralegal programs, since most paralegal programs are not ABA-approved. The ABA is a voluntary association of lawyers and, recognizing this, only about half of all practicing lawyers are members of the ABA. Not even all law schools have sought ABA approval. In our three decades of experience in training and educating paralegals, we have never had one of our graduates contact us and tell us that he or she was not interviewed or employed as a paralegal by a lawyer or law firm because he or she graduated from our course rather than an ABA-approved course. Our course is sponsored by well-known academic institutions, which are held in high national esteem. So most students actually prefer a Paralegal Certificate from a nationally known and respected school like the University of Arizona or Auburn University rather than from a private, proprietary “Paralegal Institute” which may have paid a large sum of money to receive ABA approval. We have found that our lack of ABA approval has not impacted the job opportunities of our graduates.

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