Paralegal

Certificate

Next program start date

May 12, 2021

Finish in as few as

8 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

Paralegals and legal assistants play an integral role in assisting lawyers and their clients with a variety of tasks. From conducting research and preparing legal documents for hearings, trials or corporate meetings to being involved in courts, law firms and government agencies, you will become part of an important, fast-paced team within the legal system.

Train to become a certified paralegal through online instruction rooted in real-world situations, leveraging legal-specific databases and software that cover modern legal issues such as intellectual property, as well as emerging technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrency.

If you have already earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, our Paralegal Certificate online courses are designed to give you the core legal knowledge and skills you need to start your paralegal career in as few as 8 months.

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After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Strive for Industry Certification

Our advanced Paralegal studies curriculum is designed to academically prepare you to sit for the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) Examination.2

Launch Your Career

Upon graduation and passing of your CLA/CP Examination, you can start showcasing your knowledge and transferable skills to employers and begin a stable career in today’s fast-paced legal environment.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2018 and 2028 for paralegals and legal assistants is 12%.3 An online Paralegal program from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

Legal Analysis and Insight

Develop your ability to draft legal documents, manage case files, synthesize data, properly cite legal ities and identify relevant information sources for legal problems.

Navigate Legal Research Tools

Utilize and navigate extensive legal research tools such as Clio, Lexis Advance® and Fastcase and how such databases are used in the legal research process.4

Advanced Writing Skills

Understand and apply the principles of legal research and writing. Develop strong writing, information and financial literacy, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Managing Legal Relationships

Value the ability to effectively communicate in a variety of situations. Utilize practical approach to the law of contracts and effectively work with contracts, breach of contracts and the remedies provided for a breach of contract.

Transferable Skills

You’ll also develop the soft skills you will transfer into your role. Core courses develop your skills in critical thinking, communication, digital fluency, information literacy, diversity and teamwork and ethics and professional responsibility. Learn more about transferable skills.

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Become an invaluable part of your legal team thanks to career-focused curriculum and hands-on opportunities in your online courses.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Introduction to Law and the Legal System

    • PLA 1013
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Examines the American legal system from a variety of perspectives. Surveys topics including essential history, the working structure of government, issues of court procsuncarat.cnre and specific legal concepts. Investigates the role of the paralegal in the legal system and the impact of legal ethics on the paralegal.

    Introduction to Legal Research

    • PLA 1108
    • Online
    • 3 Credits

    Introduces the legal research process for paralegals. Develop information literacy skills specific to the paralegal field by working with primary sources, like state and federal enacted law and secondary sources. Students will learn the meaning of, and practice, shepardizing.

    Paralegal Capstone

    • PLA 2820
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Prepares students for entry into the legal community through a simulated and meaningful law office experience in an online environment. Students learn through advanced analysis, research and writing projects, then demonstrate their mastery of the content of their core curriculum and apply specialized theory, skills and concepts. Students will engage in practical work experience in the day-to-day operations of a law office work environment and will handle simulated client cases.

9 Courses to Complete

33 Credit Hours

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Enrollment

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Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen University School of Justice Studies vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher suncarat.cncation should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find an Online Paralegal Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schsuncarat.cnle, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an online Paralegal Certificate program near you.

  • Online

    Online Learning

    While students will be completing the classes online, they can enroll online or through their nearest campus. Select a state to see what specific campuses may be available for enrollment.

  • Florida

    Florida Campuses

    This is an online program, but students can enroll at one of these campuses.

    rasmussen central pasco campus

    Central Pasco Campus

    16418 State Rd. 54
    Odessa, FL 33556

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    Rasmussen Fort Myers campus building

    Fort Myers Campus

    9160 Forum Corporate Parkway
    Suite 100
    Fort Myers, FL 33905

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    Rasmussen Ocala campus building

    Ocala Campus

    4755 SW 46th Court
    Ocala, FL 34474

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    Rasmussen Orlando FL campus

    Orlando Campus

    385 Douglas Avenue
    Suite 1000
    Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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    Rasmussen Tampa FL campus

    Tampa/Brandon Campus

    4042 Park Oaks Blvd
    Suite 100
    Tampa, FL 33610

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  • Illinois*

    Illinois Campuses

    *This program is offered online in Illinois. 

    Rasmussen aurora campus building

    Aurora/Naperville Campus

    2363 Sequoia Drive
    Aurora, IL 60506

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    Rasmussen Mokena Tinley Park campus building

    Mokena/Tinley Park Campus

    8650 Springlake Dr.
    Mokena, IL 60448

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    Rasmussen Rockford campus building

    Rockford Campus

    6000 East State Street 4th Floor
    Rockford, IL 61108

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    Rasmussen Romeoville campus building

    Romeoville/Joliet Campus

    1400 West Normantown Road
    Romeoville, IL 60446

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  • Kansas

    Kansas Campuses

    This is an online program, but students can enroll at one of these campuses.

    Rasmussen Kansas City-Overland Park campus building

    Kansas City/Overland Park Campus

    11600 College Boulevard
    Suite 100
    Overland Park, KS 66210

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    Rasmussen Kansas Topeka campus building

    Topeka Campus

    620 SW Governor View
    Topeka, KS 66606

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  • Minnesota

    Minnesota Campuses

    This is an online program, but students can enroll at one of these campuses.

    Rasmussen Blaine campus building

    Blaine Campus

    3629 95th Avenue NE
    Blaine, MN 55014

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    Rasmussen Bloomington campus building

    Bloomington Campus

    4400 West 78th Street
    6th Floor
    Bloomington, MN 55435

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    Rasmussen Brooklyn Park campus building

    Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove Campus

    8301 93rd Avenue North
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

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    Rasmussen Eagan campus building

    Eagan Campus

    3500 Federal Drive
    Eagan, MN 55122

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    Rasmussen Lake Elmo campus building

    Lake Elmo/Woodbury Campus

    8565 Eagle Point Circle
    Lake Elmo, MN 55042

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    Rasmussen Mankato campus building

    Mankato Campus

    1400 Madison Avenue
    Mankato, MN 56001

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    Rasmussen Moorhead campus building

    Moorhead Campus

    1250 29th Avenue South
    Moorhead, MN 56560

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    Rasmussen St. Cloud campus building

    St. Cloud Campus

    226 Park Avenue South
    St. Cloud, MN 56301

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  • North Dakota

    North Dakota Campuses

    This is an online program, but students can enroll at one of these campuses.

    Fargo Rasmussen campus building

    Fargo Campus

    4012 19th Avenue South
    Fargo, ND 58103

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  • Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Campuses

    This is an online program, but students can enroll at one of these campuses.

    Rasmussen Green Bay campus building

    Green Bay Campus

    904 South Taylor Street
    Suite 100
    Green Bay, WI 54303

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    Rasmussen Wausau campus building

    Wausau Campus

    1101 Westwood Drive
    Wausau, WI 54401

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Rasmussen University will reimburse the application fee for each first attempt of all of the industry certification exams for which you qualify to take. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 1, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. LexisNexis is a registered trademark of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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