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Paralegal (Voucher Included)

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 program 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 and a voucher for the Certified Paralegal exam. 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. All materials are included in the cost of this program. Upon successfully completing, you will receive a voucher to sit for the Certified Paralegal exam.

12 Months / 300 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Paralegal (Voucher Included) Details + Objective

Course Code: GES270

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
Paralegal (Voucher Included) Outline
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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.

Program Details
  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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Paralegal (Voucher Included) Instructors
Casey Thompson

Casey Thompson received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree, with his major concentration in Management, from Texas Tech University in 1994. After beginning his business career, he enrolled in the evening law school program at Texas A&M (formerly Texas Wesleyan) School of Law in 1996. Casey worked full time while attending law school at night. He graduated and passed the Bar exam in 2000. This experience gives Casey a better understanding of the requirements of the non-traditional student. Casey became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 2000. His major areas of practice were business and corporate law, entertainment law, and intellectual property rights. Along with this online Paralegal program, he also currently teaches as a traditional college classroom instructor in the areas of state and federal government.

Prerequisites / Requirements


In order to enroll in this program, 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: 

  • Windows XP and later operating systems and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers. (Although Firefox or Chrome is preferred). Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Microsoft Office (especially Word and PowerPoint).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • 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 program 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 
      • Voucher for the Certified Paralegal exam

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 Program 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 program is a nice alternative: Legal Secretary.

For additional information about the 2018 exam changes, please see New Exam.

Paralegal (Voucher Included) Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given twelve (12) months to complete this program.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

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

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All materials are included. The cost of materials will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials via UPS ground service upon registration.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. 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.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, 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?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
Can I use a Mac?


How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Does this program 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 program and financial obligation.

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