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Online Paralegal Course

Paralegal Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-8 months, self-paced

Criminal Justice Program Estimated Time of Completion

Program Goal:
To prepare students for entry-level employment as a paralegal in a variety of legal settings.

Program Outcomes

The Paralegal Course provides theoretical and practical instruction that enables students to gain competency as an entry-level paralegal or legal assistant. Students are trained on the principles of law and how to conduct legal research; they gain skills in legal writing, interviewing and investigations and civil and criminal law procedures.

Jill Bear Instructor

Paralegal Instructor/Course Expert

Bonnie Kilpatrick, B.A., J.D.

At U.S. Career Institute, our dedicated team of course experts, instructors and instructor assistants are committed to developing and delivering high-quality curriculum. Our qualified Paralegal Program instructor Bonnie Kilpatrick, not only possesses extensive qualifications but has also actively worked in the field. This firsthand experience allows her to provide invaluable support to ensure the success of our aspiring Paralegal students.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Analyze and summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony.
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings and other legal documents and correspondence in the IRAC format.
  • Conduct legal, statistical and documentary research pertaining to cases.
  • Perform secretarial duties pertaining to law office management, including schedule organization, client file management, timekeeping and administrative reports.
  • Prepare reports and case materials in order to assist a lawyer for trial.
Online Paralegal School training outcomes


Instruction Pack I: Introduction to the World of the Paralegal

Students explore the responsibilities and duties of paralegals, including how the field has changed and grown. Then, students discover the structure of the United States Court System, including the supreme law (the U.S. Constitution) and the origination of laws. Students are also introduced to the nuances of legal writing style.

Instruction Pack II: Legal Research and Criminal Law

Students learn how legal research is performed, from federal and state court research to statutory research, including shepardizing. Then, students are introduced to criminal law, from the elements of crime, to prosecution, defense and the trial itself.

Instruction Pack III: Trial Preparation and Civil Law

Students are introduced to trial preparation, from preparing exhibits, briefs and interrogatories to conducting interviews. Law specialties covered include civil law, personal injury and torts, and family law.

Instruction Pack IV: Paralegal Specialties

In the final pack, students continue to develop hands-on skills in legal document writing, while exploring the diversity of law specialties available, including contract law, estates, wills and trusts, real estate law, business law and environmental law

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