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PLGL 0104: Paralegal Certificate Program- Online

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George Mason University and The Center for Legal Studies introduce the Paralegal Certificate Program- Online! The format is the same Paralegal Certificate that has been offered for over 27 years at universities, in the classroom, throughout the nation. This online course is available to students who, because of location or schedule conflicts, are unable to attend the popular live lectures.

This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and related to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand.

This online interactive Paralegal Certificate provides guided instruction. Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students by way of e-mail and a discussion board. Students have 14 weeks to complete the online course. Students are expected to participate online each week as described below but do have the flexibility to work online at any hour of the day. Students must successfully complete and pass all requirements to be awarded a certificate.

Once registered, your password and access information will be sent to you just prior to the start of class.

This program will help students increase their efficiency and productivity as well as learn new marketable job skills.

The Center for Legal Studies is a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and the American Association for Justice (AJA).

  • Print registration form (fax or mail)
  • Register online*
  • *Full payment by Visa or MasterCard only required at the time of online registration.

    January 12-April 24, 2015 (Self-paced)
  • Time: Asynchronous
  • Location: Online     Status: Open

  • March 9-June 19, 2015 (Self-paced)
  • Time: Asynchronous
  • Location: Online     Status: Open

  • May 4-August 14, 2015 (Self-paced)
  • Time: Asynchronous
  • Location: Online     Status: Open

  • Please click here for in-class dates.


    Each seminar is recommended for:
  • 9 CEUs
  • 90 Contact Hours
  • Onsite Opportunity

    This course is also available on a contract basis and can be tailored to suit your organization's needs. Please contact us to discuss your onsite opportunity.

    Contact Info.
    Herndon Training Center at CIT
  • Online contact form
  • Address:
      George Mason University
    Office of Continuing Professional Education
      2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 400
      Herndon, VA 20170-4213
  • Telephone: 703-993-4800
  • Fax: 703-993-4811

    • Legal Terminology, Legal Process, and Rules of Civil Procedure
    • Ethics, Torts, and Contracts
    • Legal Documents and Legal Analysis
    • Discovery Documents and Legal Interviewing
    • Evidence and Legal Investigation
    • Legal Authority
    • Introduction to Legal Research
    • Legal Research Practice and Citation Format
    • Legal Writing, Computers, and Appellate Procedure
    • Law Office Administration and Informal and Formal Advocacy
    • Substantive Areas of Law
    • Job-Hunting Techniques and Course Wrap-up


    Students e-mail assignments and exams.

    This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of 12 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that no extensions will be granted for this online course.

    You will be expected to complete reading assignments each week.

    Your grade will be based on your completion of tests, memos, and class participation assignments. The tests and memos are submitted using the Private Mail tool. You will also have the opportunity to engage in "class participation" by using the Bulletin Board tool to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material.

    Each week you will submit a short answer/essay exam covering the topics in your weekly reading.

    Your writing assignment is to prepare two interoffice memos in which you analyze legal issues.

    You will also be required to complete Bulletin Board assignments. Several assignments are available for you to choose from each week.

    70% is the minimum required passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. Students may consider working ahead in the curriculum if they have the time.

    Click here for course syllabus:

    Textbooks–not included in course registration fee. Please visit for more information.

    Westlaw–Legal Research Access–not included in course registration fee. Contact the Center for Legal Studies at 1-800-522-7737 or for information and Westlaw pricing.




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