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. If you have already earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, our online Certificate Paralegal courses are designed to give you the core legal knowledge and skills you need to start your paralegal career in as little as one year.1
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term. ↩
- Rasmussen College 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. ↩
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary. ↩
- LexisNexis is a registered trademark of Reed Elsevier Inc. ↩
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 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 2016 and 2026 for paralegals and legal assistants is 15%.3 An online Paralegal program from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
What Skills Will I Gain?
Legal Analysis and Insight
Develop your ability to draft legal documents, manage case files, synthesize data, properly cite legal authorities and identify relevant information sources for legal problems.
Navigate Legal Research Tools
Utilize and navigate extensive legal research tools such as LexisNexis® and Fastcase and how such databases are used in the legal research process.4
Proficient Writing Skills
Understand and apply the principles of legal research and writing. Develop strong writing and critical-thinking skills necessary to clearly communicate your message.
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.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- PLA 1013
- 4 Credits
- PLA 1203
- 4 Credits
- PLA 2330
- 4 Credits
Introduction to Law and the Legal System
Examines the American legal system from a variety of perspectives. Surveys topics including essential history, the working structure of government, issues of court procedure and specific legal concepts. Investigates the role of the paralegal in the legal system and the impact of legal ethics on the paralegal.
Civil Litigation and Procedure I
Examines the lawyers and paralegals’ roles in handling civil cases and the means by which the objectives of litigation may be achieved. Strategy and mechanics of civil procedure will be explored in depth, and students will be required to prepare complaints, motions and answers.
After examining the sources of law and the structure of the federal and state court systems, students will be introduced to case and statutory analysis and to an understanding of the role of the paralegal in performing substantive legal analysis and writing tasks. Learn how to analyze and synthesize written opinions. Students will use the results of their research from the Legal Research course in connection with at least three significant writing projects.
15 Courses to Complete
61 Credit Hours
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College 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.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager 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.
Where Will I Take These Classes?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.