Paralegal Studies Certificate Program


The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is a rigorous educational experience focusing on the practical skills needed to succeed as a paralegal. The 17-week program includes legal fundamentals and core paralegal skills as well as substantive topics of law, including torts, contract, business organization and corporate law. To complete the certificate program, you must pass comprehensive exams covering a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills.
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For More Information, Contact:

Janie Rollinson
  • Email:
  • Phone: (312) 362-5792
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

Who Should Attend

The paralegal program is designed for people seeking to enhance their careers or start a new one. This program builds on skills developed in non-legal fields, such as accounting, education and health care, to provide a better understanding of the legal system.


  • This program is intensive. In just 17 weeks, you’ll earn the credentials of a paralegal.
  • With a blended format of evening classes and online study, the program is specifically designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults.
  • A substantial portion of the program is delivered through online study. You can test-drive the program here.
  • You’ll have access to a website containing support materials, including interactive exercises, diagrams, charts, graphics, textbook commentary and mock exams
  • You’ll communicate via an online hub where you can access course updates, class materials and grades, while participating in postings and discussions with students and teachers.

Required Materials

Required materials for the course can cost around $600 and are not included in your registration fee. After you register, you will receive an email with instructions on how to order your materials.
The required materials include:
  • Essential Skills for Paralegals, Vols. 1 and 2 (Barber/Navallo)
  • Tort and Personal Injury Law (Okrent)
  • Business Organizations and Corporate Law (Bevans)
  • Introduction to the Law of Contracts (Frey)
  • Access to support site
  • LexisNexis ID
  • WestLaw ID

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements for accessing the online support system for the program?
A computer (IBM Compatible PC or Apple Macintosh) with:
Why has DePaul University chosen to offer a Certificate in Paralegal Studies?
When preparing for a career as a paralegal, you can choose to attend a four-year bachelor's degree program, a two-year associate's degree program or a paralegal certificate program.
DePaul CPE has chosen to offer this program as a certificate for the following reasons:
  • Audience
    Traditional degree options may be best for students considering applying to law school. However, certificate programs help individuals that have little or no work experience, or that have no future plans to obtain a law degree, by focusing the entire educational experience on paralegal skills.
    Most students enrolling in paralegal certificate programs are career changers or currently employed. The intensive evening format of our certificate program allows for career change while continuing current employment.
  • Time
    Certificate programs allow students to focus their studies in a particular professional area, enabling them to concentrate their learning experience. Longer degree programs usually require students to take courses in general studies not related to being a paralegal. Even though our program is in an intensive format, it provides comprehensive training in paralegal skills - even more so than longer programs that include general studies.
  • Cost
    The intensive format allows DePaul to offer the program at a very reasonable price. With every minute of the program dedicated to paralegal training, we can offer this educational experience at a cost that will be affordable to most students.
  • Industry Reception
    Certificate programs train students in the specific skills being sought by employers. Based on the positive reception Chicago's legal community has given the DePaul Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, we believe graduates of the program will find themselves well prepared to meet the demands of a paralegal career.
Who teaches in the DePaul University Paralegal Studies Program?
Excellent instruction is the hallmark of DePaul University. We rely solely on legal professionals with excellent teaching abilities, including attorneys who are members of the Illinois Bar Association.
Is the DePaul University Paralegal Studies Program "approved" by the American Bar Association?
No. At this time, DePaul does not plan to seek American Bar Association approval for our paralegal program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of paralegal programs offered by colleges, universities, law schools and proprietary schools do not have ABA approval. Only around 260 of the estimated 1,000 paralegal training programs in the United States are ABA approved.
Can I sit for national Paralegal examinations?
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) each offer a voluntary examination (for a fee). No state currently requires paralegals to take an exam, and most paralegals choose not to take either exam.
Students that have obtained a bachelor's degree in any field and graduate from the DePaul Paralegal Studies Certificate Program are eligible to sit for either exam. Please contact NALA or NFPA for the most current requirements to sit for those examinations.
What kind of student support is offered by the DePaul University Paralegal Studies Certificate Program?
Student learning is supported by a multitude of tools, making the educational process much more effective than that of any other school. These tools include:
  • ParaStudent Web Site
    This website offers hundreds of interactive exercises, diagrams, charts, graphics, textbook commentary, and mock exams that correspond to the program.
  • Communications Center
    This education portal allows students to get course updates from instructors, retrieve PowerPoint presentations, obtain grades and gain instant access to the course discussion boards.
Does this program qualify for financial assistance through the  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
In order to find out if you qualify for financial assistance, you must first contact Workforce Development. As a certified program under the ILLINOIS workNet initiative, this program has been approved for workforce training grants for those who are eligible. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Please contact us or Workforce Development for more information.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

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LAW 303-00
Loop Campus, TBA
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 19, 2017 - February 8, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. No class 11/21, 11/23, 12/19, 12/21, 12/26, 12/28, 1/2, or 1/4
10.2 CEUs
102 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 9/12/2017$5,995.00
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LAW 303-00
Loop Campus, TBA
Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 6 - June 28, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
10.2 CEUs
102 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 2/27/2018$5,995.00