Who should attend
The paralegal program is designed for people seeking to enhance their careers or start a new one. This program builds on skills developed in non-legal fields, such as accounting, education and health care, to provide a better understanding of the legal system.
About the course
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is a rigorous educational experience focusing on the practical skills needed to succeed as a paralegal. The 17-week program includes legal fundamentals and core paralegal skills as well as substantive topics of law, including torts, contract, business organization and corporate law. To complete the certificate program, you must pass comprehensive exams covering a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills.
- Earn the credentials of a paralegal and a certificate from DePaul University in just 17 weeks.
- Learn from instructors who are experienced, practicing attorneys or paralegals.
- Study a curriculum created for paralegals by paralegals to teach the in-demand skills of the legal industry.
- Work a hypothetical case from demand letter through pre-trial resolution to gain valuable experience.
- Create a client file/portfolio of your work which can be used during interviews to represent the skills acquired through studies in the program.
- Gain the confidence and skills necessary to enter the workforce as a paralegal.
- Access to the following resources:
- An online communication hub where you can access lecture notes, writing labs, video tutorials, quizzes and mock exams while participating in postings and discussions with students and teachers
- Research sites such as LexisNexis and Westlaw to acquire legal research experience
- Fundamentals of the profession
- Clients and client file
- Legal terminology
- Legal process
- Court structure
- Legal ethics
- Legal research and writing
- Document preparation
- Interviewing and investigation
- Evidence and investigation
- Citing authority
- Pleadings and discovery
- Summons and complaints
- Trial practice
- Motion practice
- Use of LexisNexis and Westlaw
Substantive Topics of Torts, Contracts, Business Organizations
- Contract law–This portion of the course introduces students to fundamental contract theory and terminology and teaches simple analysis of contract problems.
- Tort law–This portion of the course deals with a class of civil wrongs or harms to people or property and the practical skills that paralegals need to help attorneys prepare to prosecute or defend civil matters from pre-filing through trial to post-trial motions.
- Business organizations and corporate law–This portion of the course teaches how business organizations are organized and business structures operate.
- Illinois court procedures–This portion of the course teaches the basic information on the court process in Illinois.
Videos and materials
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.