About This Course

Register now for both the Core Paralegal Certificate Course© and the Advanced Paralegal: Estate Planning topic!  Get specialized training on Wills, Trusts, and other Probate matters.  This course can be completed in 21 weeks (three 7 week sessions).


The Paralegal Certificate Course© is the cornerstone of The Center for Legal Studies programs. Paralegalism is one of the fastest growing careers in the country.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of paralegals to increase 15% between 2016 and 2026, much faster than the national average for all occupations.

The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $50,940.00/Year and freelance paralegal professionals average significantly more across the board.

The Paralegal Certificate Course© is available in a variety of formats to suit your schedule and is offered through colleges and universities nationwide. Successful graduates will receive a professional certificate from the college or university of their choice.

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.

New Mexico paralegals need to fulfill additional educational requirements to meet the requirements of Rule 20-115 NMRA. Please click here for more information.

Legal Research Requirement

WESTLAW online legal research access is required for CLS students taking the Paralegal Certificate Course© online and will be used during the second half of the course.  Access is valid for a maximum of 7 weeks.  WESTLAW online legal research access, available for only $89.00. Order Online


Upon completion of both courses, students will:

  • Be familiar with the important probate and estate planning terminology.
  • Recognize legal issues and where there may be estate or tax problems which need further research and/or investigation.
  • Make general recommendations regarding case situations and understand when you need to do further research.
  • Have a general familiarity with some common estate planning documents and forms.
  • Draft common estate planning documents such as a will, revocable living trust and durable power of attorney.
  • Online

Course Schedule

Please call 1-800-522-7737 or email [email protected] for more information.

The Paralegal Specialization Estate Planning is offered in the following formats:


The Paralegal Certificate Course: Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts and Probate specialization topic is offered in three seven-week online sessions.  Students must successfully complete the Core Paralegal Requirements before they take the Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts and Probate specialization topic.

Online participants should expect to spend at least 8-12 hours per week reading and preparing assignments and tests. Participants who successfully complete the Paralegal Certificate Course: Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts and Probate specialization topic will earn up to 14.5 CEU’s and will receive a specialization certificate of completion from the college or university with which they have registered.

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Legal Research Requirement

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