The Online Paralegal Certificate Course
An Intensive Two-Part Program for Professionals Online!
This intensive, nationally acclaimed
program is designed for beginning as
well as advanced legal workers. All
classes are online.
What You Will Learn
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 relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand. There are no prerequisites, but students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each weekend session. This program will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills.
Successful graduates of both the core and the advanced courses will be awarded Certificates of Completion for each from CSU Dominguez Hills. To receive a Certificate, students must pass the tests and writing assignments for both the core and advanced courses. Certificates will be mailed to successful graduates within six to eight weeks of completion of each course. These certificates provide an individual with the recognition that he or she has achieved the level of professional knowledge and competency necessary to work within the legal field, and it is designed to satisfy the requirements of California Business Professionals Code §6450.
Introduction to Paralegalism, latest Edition by William Statsky
Oran's Dictionary of the Law, most current edition (recommended).
Paralegal Career for Dummies, by Scott and Lisa Hatch
Paralegal Certificate Course Workbook, by Margaret J. Kirk
Uniform System of Citation, latest edition
Sample Pages: Illustrations of Organization and Research Techniques in West Group Publications, latest edition
Federal Civil Rules Booklet, latest edition
Books are available from the Center for Legal Studies. Students may obtain Westlaw access for the duration of one, seven-week online session for only $89. This is required for the second half of part I (core). Contact the Center for Legal Studies once you are enrolled in the program for further information.
Required Textbooks: Advanced
Advanced Legal Research: Cohen and Olsons’ Legal Research in a Nutshell, Uniform System of Citation and Westlaw
Constitutional Law: Barron and Dienes’ Constitutional Law in a Nutshell
Family Law: Krause’s Family Law in a Nutshell and Basics of Legal Document Preparation
Mediation: Nolan-Haley’s Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Nutshell
Estate Planning: Lynn’s Introduction to Estate Planning in a Nutshell
Business Law: No required texts.
Bankruptcy Law: No required texts.
Criminal Law: Loewy’s Criminal Law in a Nutshell
Immigration Law: Immigration Law for Paralegals
Intellectual Property Law: The Law of Tradmarks, Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets
Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Limitations in a Nutshell
Real Property Law in a Nutshell, latest edition
Water Law: Water Law in a Nutshell
Educational Law: The Law of Schools, Teachers, and Students in a Nutshell
Victim Advocacy: No required textbook.
California State University, Dominguez Hills online paralegal classes are convenient for people who live or work anywhere, including
Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo,Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood
and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.
Student loans may be available via the Sallie Mae Career Training Loan: 1-888-2-SALLIE, www.salliemae.com, or the Keybank EdAchiever Loan: 1-800 KEY-LEND.
Subject matter to be covered in Part I includes:
• Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, and the Litigation Process
• Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate
• Identifying Relevant Authority
• Introduction to Legal Research
• Legal Research Practice
• Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure
• Introduction to Computer and Law Office Administration
To receive a certificate, students must complete at least six of the fifteen
substantive law topics. Students may choose any of the following topics:
• Advanced Legal Research and Writing
• Bankruptcy Law Practice
• Business Law Practice
• Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
• Criminal Law
• Criminal Procedure
• Education Law
• Estate Planning: Probate, Wills and Trusts
• Family Law
• Immigration Law
• Intellectual Property
• Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
• Real Property Law
• Victim Advocacy
• Water Law
For more information
Call 310-243-3741 or 877-GO-HILLS or enroll online
National Federation of Paralegal Associations
National Paralegal Association
California Alliance of Paralegal Association
International Paralegal Management
Los Angeles Paralegal Association