Become a Certified Paralegal Online
If you’re looking to join the legal field as a paralegal, this 100% online course will train you for an entry-level career. By course completion, you will be fully prepared to earn your Certified Paralegal (CP) credential, offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
Job Outlook for Paralegals
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for paralegals will grow by 15% through 2026, which is faster than most other positions.
- However, the need for paralegals will grow by over 30% in the Greater Reno/Western Nevada region, according to workforce analytics firm Burning Glass. This is nearly triple the growth rate of all other jobs.
- The BLS states that the average annual salary for paralegals is $50,000. However, salary can increase depending on your law specialty and your experience level.
WHAT DOES A PARALEGAL DO?
Paralegals perform many duties that attorneys also perform themselves. Paralegals can conduct legal research; draft contracts, pleadings, and other legal documents; answer client questions and help prepare for trial.
IS PARALEGAL A GOOD JOB?
U.S. News & World Report listed paralegal as #2 on its list of “Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree.” Paralegals were also included on the “The 100 Best Jobs” list overall based on the salary, job market, potential growth and work-life balance.
CAN PARALEGALS SPECIALIZE?
Yes. Paralegals can choose to specialize in different types of law such as criminal, family, immigration, real estate, etc.
IS A PARALEGAL THE SAME AS A LEGAL SECRETARY?
No. Paralegals are responsible for performing many of the tasks an attorney would do otherwise, such as conducting legal research or preparing a case file. They are often viewed as an extension of the attorney. Legal secretaries fill a more administrative role within the law firm.
CAN PARALEGALS WORK IN ANY STATE?
Yes. Paralegals can work in any state because unlike attorneys, paralegals are not bound to a specific state licensing board. In other words, a paralegal certification is valuable nationwide.
CAN YOU GO FROM BEING A PARALEGAL TO A LAWYER?
Yes, you can go from a paralegal to a lawyer. Starting as a paralegal can provide great insight into how the legal system works. However, you will need a bachelor’s degree before you can apply for law school and pass a state bar exam.
Learn the common responsibilities and duties of paralegals within the US legal system.
Be fully prepared to sit for the Certified Paralegal certification exam, offered by NALA.
Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
PARALEGAL IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM
REGULATION OF PARALEGALS
ATTORNEY AND PARALEGAL ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL ANALYSIS
INVESTIGATION IN A LAW OFFICE
LEGAL RESEARCH 101
ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH
INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF COMPUTERS
INTRODUCTION TO LAW OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
TORT LAW, PRODUCT LIABILITY, AND CONSUMER LAW
CONTRACTS, INSURANCE, AND PROPERTY LAW
ESTATES AND FAMILY LAW
LAWS AFFECTING BUSINESS
Casey Thompson is a licensed attorney in Texas. Before he started teaching, his major areas of practice were business and corporate law, entertainment law and intellectual property rights. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and holds a law degree from the Texas A&M School of Law.
Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.