Legal Studies

Career Certificate - Paralegal
Career Certificate

Jumpstart your paralegal career

Bring your curiosity, thirst for facts and eye for detail to pursue a rewarding career in the legal profession.

Add this Legal Studies Certificate to your college degree (A.A. or above) to learn how to assist attorneys in different areas of public and private law. You gain cutting-edge skills to conduct substantive and procedural legal work as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney.

At CLC, you enjoy quick job placement, in some cases even before you graduate. You learn:

  • entry-level paralegal knowledge, skills and professional ethics
  • standard technical procedures used by entry-level paralegals working in a variety of legal practice settings
  • legal and ethical issues that determine appropriate actions in a variety of situations
  • legal research: plan and report findings in a format appropriate to the practice setting

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

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We are an American Bar Association (ABA) Approved Paralegal Education Program. This is a national credential that only 25% of paralegal education programs nationwide hold. This gives you access to an elite, nationally recognized program.

What can you do with a Certificate in Legal Studies?

Start your career as an entry-level paralegal in local law offices, government agencies and corporations. Entry-level paralegals advance in their careers after the first two years, and over time, many end up as law office managers and legal staff supervisors. About 20% of our graduates complete law school to become lawyers.

Legal Studies program stated goals and objectives

  1. Graduating students will have the knowledge, skills and professional ethics expected of an entry-level paralegal.
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the legal process and the ability to follow the standard technical procedures utilized by entry-level paralegals working in a variety of legal practice settings.
  3. Graduates will be able to identify the legal and ethical issues that guide paralegal conduct and determine appropriate actions in a variety of situations.
  4. Graduates will be able to carry out a legal research plan.


  • American Bar Association-Approved Paralegal Program

    The only ABA-approved paralegal education program in Lake County.
  • WIOA Program

  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.

Admissions: Special

A Legal Studies Certificate is a post-degree certificate. You qualify if you have an existing college degree that is an A.A. or higher.

Submit a Legal Studies screening form (PDF) along with an official transcript of the qualifying degree to the records office to be confirmed as qualified to pursue the Certificate program.

There are additional steps/considerations if the degree is from another country or if it is an A.A.S. degree.

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Recommended Pathway

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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Legal Studies at CLC

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This certificate is just one possible way to study Legal Studies. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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Frequently asked questions

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    Elizabeth Cannon


    At CLC, I didn’t just learn from instructors but from industry professionals. They know what employers are looking for, and they teach with that mindset.”

    Elizabeth was a Legal Studies student at CLC. She then earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College of Missouri and a law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Read Elizabeth's story

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