Specialized Paralegal Certificate Program
Credits: 6 Credits (252 Clock Hours)
Self-Paced: 4-month completion deadline
The specialized paralegal certificate program at Washington Technical Institute prepares students to pursue a career as a paralegal by providing in-depth instruction on various legal topics. Graduates of the program are well-prepared to enter the workforce as paralegals, legal assistants, or other related positions, and are equipped to make meaningful contributions to the legal profession.
Key features of the program include:
- Comprehensive coverage of legal topics, including civil litigation, criminal law, and legal research and writing
- Taught by experienced legal professionals who provide real-world insights and expertise
- Graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce as paralegals, legal assistants, or other related positions
- Online lessons combined with practical exercises to develop critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills
- Detailed syllabi and course objectives for each course available
Students will complete two courses: Advanced Paralegal Studies (WOL-S10) as well as a course specific to their specialization. Syllabi and course objectives for each course are found below:
|WOL-S21: Litigation & Dispute Resolution||3 Credits|
|WOL-S22: Family Law||3 Credits|
|WOL-S23: Immigration Law||3 Credits|
|WOL-S31: Probate & Elder Law||3 Credits|
|WOL-S33: Real Estate Law||3 Credits|
|WOL-S34: Legal Research & Legal Writing||3 Credits|
|WOL-S35: Personal Injury Law||3 Credits|
|WOL-S36: Law Office Administration||3 Credits|
|WOL-S37: Transactional Law||3 Credits|
|WOL-S38: Business Law||3 Credits|
Excellent. There are many employment opportunities for paralegals in law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. Thousands of new paralegal jobs are created each year.
Students who graduate from Washington Technical Institute’s Paralegal certificate training program will be qualified to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant, Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), as well as, meet the accredited business and legal course criteria required to sit for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) exam given by NALS.
Click Here for the NALA education requirements flow chart. **Depending on students' previous education experiences, additional credits may be required to satisfy the 60-semester credit requirement for certification. **Washington Technical Institute will aid students in meeting all credit requirements at no additional charge for the NALA certification exam.
Graduates of the Senior and Master Paralegal Certificate from Washington Tech will also meet the accredited business/legal course criteria needed to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
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Courses are self-paced and supported by qualified faculty. Students work on their reading, assignments, and quizzes on their own time. This flexibility allows students to study while navigating the rest of their busy lives. Our courses and programs have completion deadlines, but beyond that, students can complete the work on their own schedule. Instructors are always available for questions and support. Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings.
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Washington Technical Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning