Paralegal Studies Certificate

The Paralegal Institute offers an opportunity for you to add a competitive edge to your pursuit of a position in the Paralegal field by offering a Paralegal Certificate program. We also offer Paralegal Continuing Education programs that can help you keep that competitive edge as you pursue advanced career opportunities.

Program Overview

Once you successfully complete the courses outlined below and meet the requirements**, you will be eligible to sit for the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) Certification Exam. Click here to learn more about Membership Types through NALA.


We offer open enrollment within our Paralegal programs, thus you may register at any time. We give you up to one year to complete the Paralegal Certificate program. However, completion of the Paralegal Certificate program depends solely on the study schedule you set for yourself. We recommend that you maintain a consistent submission of lessons.

Core Program

  • Paralegal Today
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Analysis and Writing
  • Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Torts: Personal Injury Litigation
  • Contracts

Course Outline

What courses are in the Paralegal Certificate program?

The following courses are included in the Paralegal Certificate program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Paralegal Certificate program has a total of 21 credit hours. Each course must be completed in 8 weeks.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
LGS100 Paralegal Today 3 Credit Hours
This course is the core of the paralegal program. Students will learn the past, present, and future of the paralegal profession, including the paralegal defined, educational options, techniques for marketing skills and career opportunities. Instruction on ethics and professional responsibility, the organizational structure of the legal workplace, and office culture and politics will prepare students for the challenges of today’s paralegal. Students receive a formal introduction to law by examining sources of American law, the court system and alternative dispute resolution, substantive law in its various forms, as well as administrative law and government regulation. Legal procedures and advanced skills involving civil litigation and trial procedures, conducting interviews and investigations, using primary and secondary sources to legal research, the emerging technology of computer-assisted legal research, in addition to legal analysis and writing, provide valuable insight and a solid foundation for the future legal assistant.
LGS108 Legal Research 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of legal research. The student will learn research tools and techniques necessary to find actual laws as well as how to use the various secondary materials that assist in the research process. Some of the topics covered are case reporters, digests, codes, annotated codes, annotated reporters, citators, loose-leaf services, legal encyclopedias, treatises, and computerized research services.
LGS208 Legal Analysis and Writing 3 Credit Hours
This course is a requisite for the capable legal assistant and the ability to prepare professional legal documents. This comprehensive course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal analysis and writing. Students will first examine an overview of the legal system, including analytic principles and the legal process. They will learn the specifics of legal analysis, including statutory analysis, case law and briefing, identifying and stating the issue, case application and counter analysis. Emphasis on application of these key principles in legal writing will allow students to prepare interoffice memorandums, court briefs and general legal correspondence. Students enrolled in Legal Analysis and Writing receive a subscription to Westlaw online legal library. Students have the opportunity to take a series of tutorials to learn effective online research skills. Upon successful completion, students receive a Paralegal Training Certificate from Thomson-West.
LGS110 Litigation and Trial Practice 3 Credit Hours
This course provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for legal experts and paralegals. It provides detailed information on the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. Special emphasis is made on the role of the lawyer and those responsibilities that may be delegated to the legal assistant. Attention is given to litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, deposition, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, and appeals.
LGS206 Business Organizations 3 Credit Hours
This course prepares paralegal students for the practical aspects of the law of business organizations. It covers all issues that are typically encountered in working with business clients. Topics include the types of business organizations, formation of a corporation, corporate financial structure, employment and compensation, and operating and maintaining business entities.
LGS301 Torts: Personal Injury Litigation 3 Credit Hours
This course explores civil wrongs, and studies will illustrate and explain the different types of tort recoveries that are allowed by law. Students learn the elements required to prove each tort, defenses that may be posed, and a step-by-step strategy for the preparation and settlement for each type of action. Topics include tort theory based on negligence, products liability, libel, slander, and malpractice.
LGS107 Contracts 3 Credit Hours
This course provides paralegal students with a well-organized, functional approach to the law of contracts. Paralegal students learn an approach for analyzing contract problems they will need for their professional assignments. Topics include the type of law to apply to contract transactions, when a contract is formed, when it is enforceable, a plaintiff’s allegation of breach, a defendant’s response to an allegation of breach, and the remedies available for a breach of contract.

*California requires 24 credit hours to fulfill the educational requirements for a Paralegal. If you are inquiring from California, or plan to work in California, you can add one of these courses to your Diploma:

  • Criminal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Real Property
  • Immigration Law
  • Trust, Wills, Estates
  • Intellectual Property
  • Environmental Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Social Security Disability

Each course is $195 per credit hour.

Tuition & Fees

The total price for The Paralegal Institute’s Paralegal Diploma program is $4,745.00.

Total Tuition $4,095
Enrollment Fee $100
Resource Fee $550
Total Sales Price $4,745

Payment Plans

  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full for a total program price of $4,445 and save $300!
  • Private Student Loan: Finance your education with low down payments and customized terms!

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit: Admission Procedures.

Financial Assistance

Brighton also works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement Programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.


Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check/Declined Check $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $287 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

**(e) A paralegal program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses.
Note: An applicant may combine college hours from more than one institution. The applicant must have graduated from a paralegal program consisting of a minimum of 15 semester hours (or 225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours.) Evidence of the minimum hours required under Category 1(e) must be provided with the application form.