Extended Education - CSUDH

The Online Paralegal Certificate Course


An Intensive Two-Part Program for Professionals Online!

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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.

Textbooks: Core:
For the most up-to-date list of texts needed for the CORE course visit http://www.legalstudies.com/courses/paralegal.html. For the texts for the Advanced course visit http://www.legalstudies.com/courses/advancedparalegal.html.

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.

Online Convenience
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.

Financial Aid
Student loans may be available via the Sallie Mae Career Training Loan: 1-888-2-SALLIE, www.salliemae.com, or Wells Fargo Student Loans at 800-658-3567 or www.wellsfargo.com/student.


Paralegal Certificate Course (Core)
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

Paralegal Certificate (Advanced)
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

To Register

Call 310-243-3741 or 877-GO-HILLS or enroll online

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Professional Links

National Federation of Paralegal Associations

National Paralegal Association

California Alliance of Paralegal Association

International Paralegal Management

Los Angeles Paralegal Association

Paralegal Gateway

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