Online Advanced Paralegal Studies

Certificate Program

Paralegals work at the cutting edge of the law, making essential contributions to litigation cases, trials, and business operations. From conducting in-depth research and managing databases, to gathering evidence and analyzing legal documents, paralegals use their critical thinking and communication skills to support lawyers in a variety of roles.

Elms College offers an online post-degree certificate program in Advanced Paralegal Studies for students eager to supplement their associate’s or bachelor’s degree with marketable legal skills. Earning a paralegal credential will help graduates look more attractive on the job market, as jobs for this profession are projected to increase by 15% between 2016 and 2026, a rate much faster than the average for all professions.1

The Advanced Paralegal Studies program is an 18-credit certificate program. It may be completed in less than one year by completing three, 8-week sessions entirely online. All students who complete the certificate program will:

  • Understand the legal profession and their ethical obligations within it
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills, including how to form sound, well-reasoned judgments
  • Effectively communicate in oral, written, and interpersonal contexts
  • Develop proficiency in technology–including software that is specific to law offices–as well as online resources
  • Acquire knowledge in subject matter areas specific to the law
  • Cultivate a skill set suitable for legal work, including interviewing clients and witnesses, completing legal forms, conducting legal research, articulating legal writing, performing case and statutory analysis, and providing litigation preparation and support

The following 18 credits are required for the online certificate:

  • LEG204 Legal Studies I
  • LEG206 Principles of Litigation
  • LEG205 Legal Studies II
  • LEG333 Computer-Assisted Legal Research
  • LEG363 Law Office Computer Applications
  • LEG465 Advanced Research & Writing

Quick Info

Key Benefits:

  • Paralegal skills are in high demand in a variety of industries
  • Legal training empowers you to pursue interdisciplinary jobs within your field of study
  • Certificate can be completed in less than one year
  • Fully online coursework is flexible to fit your lifestyle and schedule
  • $250 per credit
  • Students pay a $20 registration fee and a $50 technology fee

Pre-Law Preparation

Siobhan Murray '13

B.A. in Legal Studies ’13
Certificate in Advanced Paralegal Studies ’13
Second year student at Western New England University School of Law

Photo of legal studies graduate Siobhan Murray '13“The certificate prepared me tremendously. Many of the classes that are mandatory are very similar to classes in your first year of law school. I entered WNEU knowing the basics of how to brief cases, write memorandums, find laws, and engage in the kind of critical thinking needed to complete my J.D.”