Penn Foster’s online Paralegal Certificate program is designed for working paralegals looking to refresh current knowledge or gain new skills to take on further responsibility in their field. Your classes will cover torts, conducting legal investigations and interviews, family law, and more.
The Advanced Paralegal Applications Certificate program teaches the skills practicing paralegals need to take on additional responsibilities in matters involving civil and criminal litigation, family law, real estate, wills, and estate administration.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
Many paralegals spend a great deal of time talking with clients and/or witnesses. This course will teach you how to effectively interview people and conduct legal investigations.
This project is designed to practice the important skills you’ve learned about conducting investigations and interviews.
A tort is essentially any action that causes harm to a person or property. A good deal of law involves torts, so as a paralegal, you’ll be constantly exposed to tort actions. Your textbook provides many interesting real-life examples of cases involving injured parties. Discover how these cases travel through the legal system, beginning with filing a complaint and ending with settlement, arbitration, or trial.
Textbook: Torts Law; Concepts and Applications
This course is an introduction to the legal environment of business. Topics covered include American court practice and procedure, torts, employment law, international law, environmental law, and contract law.
Textbook: Business Law with UCC Applications
Increasingly, paralegals are involved in litigation support. Litigation involves the use of the court system to resolve disputes. In this course you'll learn about civil litigation as well as the types of courts and the role of court system personnel.
This project will give you the chance to practice the skills you’ve learned so far in your program. Prepare a draft of a complaint and interrogatories for your supervising attorney’s review; locate an appropriate expert witness; and write a profile of the expert.
Supplement: Selected Federal Civil Rules
As a paralegal working in the field of criminal law, you must have a thorough knowledge of the names and requirements of the different types of crimes. You must also be familiar with what happens at every stage of a case from start to finish.
Textbook: Criminal Law for Paralegals
This course will provide you with a solid foundation in the basic legal principles that apply to family law.
Textbook: Family Law for the Paralegal
The real estate industry — real estate development, construction, sales, leases, and financing—generates a great deal of work for law firms. Paralegals often work with real estate law, and this lesson is designed to teach you the basics. Real estate law varies somewhat from state to state, but most of the principles are the same in all states.
Textbook: Reality of Real Estate
Paralegals often handle matters dealing with wills, trusts, and/or estate administration.
Textbook: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration for the Paralegal