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Paralegal Certificate Course


Nationally acclaimed program prepares students for career in legal field

The University of Central Missouri Paralegal Certificate Course is an intensive, nationally recognized certificate program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. The course is offered in an instructor-led, online environment. The demand for paralegals over the next five years is estimated at 1,408. Median pay for paralegals is approximately $50,410, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Through this program, students earn a certificate of completion and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $1,895 Calendar icon  

Online, instructor-led course lasting 14 weeks (two seven-week sessions)

Contact hours icon   90 hours  Prerequesites checklist icon   18 years of age or older, high school diploma or GED equivalent


Learn techniques such as witness interviewing, investigation and legal researchWoman-working-at-computer-in-office

Students receive comprehensive training on interviewing witnesses, investigating complex fact patterns, researching the law, preparing legal documents and assisting in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand.

What you will learn

  • Role of paralegal
  • Legal ethics
  • Introduction to the legal system
  • Legal analysis, interviewing, writing and research
  • Preparation of legal documents
  • How to assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation
  • How to interview witnesses
  • Investigation techniques




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