Paralegal Certificate Course©

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Our introductory course for those interested in a career as a paralegal

Flexible 100% online class

24/7 course accessibility

Enrollment includes two, 7-week sessions

Live Lecture and Text Only formats available through select partners

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About this course

The cornerstone program offered by CLS by BARBRI.

Paralegals provide essential assistance to lawyers, corporations and other organizations, and they establish themselves as a crucial part of the legal system. For those looking for a challenging career in a growing market, now is the time to invest in your future, and start your career as a paralegal professional.

  • Available in a variety of formats to suit your schedule.
  • Offered through colleges and universities nationwide.
  • Successful graduates will receive a certificate of completion.
  • 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.

View our recorded webinar

Learn about the coursework, learning outcomes, and answers to frequently asked questions

Paralegal Certificate Course© Webinar — This session was recorded on October 6, 2021 and mentions a October 18 start date. Our courses are open enrollment and start every 8 weeks.

Class format

Find the right option for you

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. Whether you prefer to learn 100% online around your schedule, through the interaction of instructor-led live lectures or at your own pace via our text-only format, we have an option for you.

No matter which option you choose, the Paralegal Certificate Course© offers you a high-quality education by providing the fundamental skills you will need to succeed in today’s world of paralegal professionals.

CLS by BARBRI features in an online format the same Paralegal Certificate Course© that has been offered live since 1980 at colleges and universities throughout the nation. This format is available to students via any computer with internet access and at any time of the day or night during our online sessions.

  • Syllabus
  • Review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
  • Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of e-mail and a discussion board.
  • Online course is available virtually any time, in the comfort and privacy of your home or office.
  • Student has 14 weeks to complete the online course (7 weeks for Paralegal I and 7 weeks for Paralegal II.) Please note that the course fee covers both halves of the course. Student may choose any session to begin the course with Paralegal I and they will be automatically enrolled in the following session for Paralegal II.
  • Student must complete both Paralegal I and Paralegal II to be awarded a certificate. (California paralegals may need to complete Advanced Paralegal course work to meet the requirements of California Business and Professional Code §6450. Please click here for more information.)
  • Once registered, your password and access information will be sent via email on the first day of class.

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. The curriculum covers all course objectives and lesson topics covered in our popular online format (both Paralegal I and II).

  • Syllabus
  • Face-to-face instruction on campus, or via Zoom, from qualified legal professionals
  • Six-, eight- or twelve-week programs
  • Professional certificate awarded by the college or university
  • Practical application and hands-on exercises completed in class
  • Students are required to attend at least 80% of the course and must pass every assignment with a 70% or better to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

CLS by BARBRI features in a text-only format the same Paralegal Certificate Course© that has been offered live since 1980 at colleges and universities throughout the nation. This course is available to students who, because of location or schedule conflicts, are unable to take the course in other formats. The text-only format is a printed version of the online course, and requires only the printed lesson material that we send you plus your textbooks.

  • Introduction and syllabus
  • Take the course on your time in the comfort and privacy of your home or office.
  • Student mails or emails assignments to CLS for grading.
  • Ideal for students who do not have access to a computer and/or the internet.
  • Review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
  • Questions can be directed to the instructor via a toll-free number and via email.
  • Student has a maximum of 6 months to complete Paralegal I and 6 months to complete Paralegal II (12 months total).

Course details

Learning outcomes

This course will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach you practical skills, including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.

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.

Does the $1895 course fee cover both halves of the course?

Our 100% online Paralegal Certificate Course is a 14-week program delivered over two 7-week sessions. The $1595 tuition pays for BOTH sessions and payment plans are now available. Textbooks are not included but can be purchased at the time of enrollment.

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Are you interested in learning more about the Paralegal Certificate Course? Complete this contact form to receive emails and text messages from CLS. You’ll also be able to set up a personalized consultation with one of our Enrollment Counselors who can answer all your questions and recommend the best course for you.

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  • Paralegal career growth and outlook
  • Course pricing, payment options and promotions
  • Exclusive webinars, events and more!

I had a great experience with CLS. Well-organized content, accessible instructors, engaging coursework. Overall a great experience.

— Adam S.

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!

— Anna I.

I was very impressed with the course content, knowledge and availability of the professor and pace of the course. Definitely recommend CLS!

— Jodi B.

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.

— Josh M.

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.

— Melanie R.

The online courses are great and convenient. They are perfect for someone working part or full-time.

— Brian H.

Join us for a FREE live Q&A on Wednesday, December 15 at 12pm CT

What we’ll be answering:
  • How the online course works
  • Career growth and earning potential
  • Course pricing and payment options
  • Required materials and textbooks
  • Submitted questions
  • Plus, your live questions!