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Paralegals are involved in sophisticated legal work in traditional law office settings and in the corporate, government, and public arenas. Obtaining a quality education is the best way to prepare for the paralegal profession. This self-paced, online course will get you ready for an entry-level paralegal position, and it'll prepare you to take the certification exam.

You’ll learn about the U.S. legal system, how to conduct legal research and legal interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. Your training will prepare you to become a legal secretary or paralegal and to take the Certified Paralegal certification exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

Through a special arrangement between ed2go and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Campus, your tuition includes membership, access to NALA's Certified Paralegal Exam Review self-study courses. Regardless of whether or not you're eligible for certification or plan to take the exam, the Certified Paralegal Exam review self-study courses are a value-added addition to your paralegal education. This course offers enrollment with or without a voucher. The voucher is pre paid access to sit for the Certified Paralegal exam upon eligibility.

12 Months / 300 Course Hrs
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Course Code: GES270

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system
  • Master how to perform legal research and interviews
  • Prepare yourself to take the Certified Paralegal certification exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • Understand the basics of litigation communication skills
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 300 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Jump-start your career as a law clerk, title examiner/abstractor, office manager, contract administrator, or legal support specialist
  • Work with an instructor for one-on-one assistance, and receive free access to NALA Campus and Westlaw
  • Learn necessary skills required to thrive within the legal industry
  • Prepare yourself for a future in traditional law office settings and in the corporate, government, and public arenas


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What to Expect in the Legal System

Learn the fundamentals of what it means to be a paralegal in the legal system. Understand what to expect from the legal system job market and what daily tasks many paralegals face on the jobs.

Ethics and Regulations

Discover the various rules and regulations paralegals and their counterparts are expected to uphold. Learn the ethical code that paralegals and attorneys are required to abide by.

Introduction to the Legal World

Master the fundamentals of the legal system. Learn the basics of legal analysis, legal interviewing, and what’s required during an investigation in a law office.

Legal Research

Study the ins and outs of legal research, including legal writing best practices and advanced legal research.

Logistics of the Legal System

Understand the legal system and how it pertains to the use of computers and law office administration.

Different Types of Law

Cover various types of law that are available to pursue, including tort law, product liability, consumer law, contracts law, insurance law, property law, estate and family law, laws affecting business, and criminal law.

  1. Paralegal in the Legal System
  2. Paralegal Employment
  3. On-the-Job Realities
  4. Regulation of Paralegals
  5. Attorney and Paralegal Ethics
  6. Introduction to the Legal System
  7. Introduction to Legal Analysis
  8. Legal Interviewing
  9. Investigation in a Law Office
  10. Litigation Assistantship
  11. Legal Research 101
  12. Advanced Legal Research
  13. Legal Writing
  14. Introduction to the Use of Computers
  15. Introduction to Law Office Administration
  16. Tort Law, Product Liability, and Consumer Law
  17. Contracts, Insurance, and Property Law
  18. Estates and Family Law
  19. Laws Affecting Business
  20. Criminal Law
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Instructors & Support

Casey Thompson

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. Along with his online paralegal courses, Thompson also teaches at the college level in the areas of state and federal government.




In order to enroll in this course, you must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. We also recommend that you have computer skills, including knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and PowerPoint), and good keyboarding skills (60 words per minute or faster). Also helpful are good skills in English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins. 


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Introduction to Paralegalism, by William P. Statsky, 
  • Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, by Roger Miller and Mary Meinzinger
  • Access to Westlaw: Legal Solutions
  • After successful completion of the course and financial obligation you will receive access to the Certified Paralegal Exam review self-study courses, which includes:
    • Membership
    • Access to the self-study courses 

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NALA Certification Eligibility Requirements

If you plan to pursue the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant (CP/CLA) credential, you must meet one of the requirements for eligibility shown below under the heading "NALA Certification Eligibility Requirements." This Paralegal Online Training course is 300 clock hours. In order to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the CP/CLA credentialing exam using this course, you must also hold a Bachelor's degree in any field, or you must have seven years of experience as a legal assistant under the supervision of a member of the Bar.

To be eligible for the CLA examination, a legal assistant must meet one of the following alternate requirements:

1.  Graduation from a legal assistant program that is:

  • Approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • An Associate degree program; or
  • A post-baccalaureate certificate program in legal assistant studies; or
  • A Bachelor's degree program in legal assistant studies; or
  • A legal assistant program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses.

2.  A Bachelor's degree in any field, plus one year of experience as a legal assistant. Successful completion of at least 15 semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours or 225 clock hours) of substantive legal assistant programs will be considered equivalent to one year's experience as a legal assistant.

3.  A high school diploma or equivalent, plus seven years of experience as a legal assistant under the supervision of a member of the Bar, plus evidence of a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing legal education credit to have been completed within a two-year period prior to the examination date.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements above, our Legal Secretary course is a nice alternative: Legal Secretary.

For additional information about the 2018 exam changes

About Certification


The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) is America’s foremost organization dedicated to paralegals. It works toward upholding the standards of the profession by providing continuing legal education, certifications, and professional development for legal assistants throughout the country. Earning NALA’s Certified Paralegal credential will not only demonstrate your knowledge to employers, but also your professionalism. Enroll in a paralegal course certified by NALA today, and you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career in the legal industry.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the certified Paralegal exam through the National Association of Legal Assistants(NALA) and receive an exam voucher after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. You will also receive a voucher to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants(NALA) Certified Paralegal exam.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

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