Paralegal Career Diploma

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Have you ever considered a career as a legal assistant or paralegal? If so, you may be interested in Penn Foster Career School's Paralegal Career Diploma program. Learn more about the program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster Career School's Paralegal Career Diploma program offers students the opportunity to develop the skills they'll need to begin a career as a paralegal. Students have the chance to learn about the U.S. legal system, writing and research techniques, legal terminology, and legal ethics. You'll also have the chance to develop and enhance your writing skills. Coursework includes instruction in technology, like Microsoft Word and Excel. All the materials you'll need to complete the Paralegal Career Diploma program are included in the various instruction sets. You can complete this Penn Foster Career School program at your own pace and from home.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Students may benefit from previous experience doing legal research and strong analytical and writing skills. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To complete this program, students must complete all nine instruction sets. Each set includes two or more components. Some instruction sets may include supplementary materials.

Instruction SetLessons
Instruction Set 1Learning Strategies
The Paralegal Professional
Instruction Set 2Legal Terminology, Part 1
Legal Terminology Part 2
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Instruction Set 3Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Graded Project: Thinking Critically About Ethics
Instruction Set 4How the Law Works
U.S. Court System, Part 1
U.S. Court System, Part 2
Instruction Set 5Business Law
Graded Project: Business Law
Instruction Set 6Civil Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Criminal Litigation
Instruction Set 7First Steps in Using a Personal Computer
Using Windows XP
Internet Basics
Study Unit: Microsoft Word
Graded Project: Microsoft Word
Study Unit: Microsoft Excel
Graded Project: Microsoft Excel
Study Unit: Microsoft Powerpoint
Graded Project: Computer Applications
Instruction Set 8Introduction to Writing
Using the Parts of Speech
Punctuation and Capitalization
Writing Sentences and Paragraphs
Improving Your Writing
Types of Business Writing
Instruction Set 9Legal Writing
Graded Project: Legal Writing Project 1
Legal Research
Graded Project: Legal Writing Project 2
Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Part 1
Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Part 2
Graded Project: CALR Project

What Are My Post-Graduation Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

If you complete this program, you may improve your analytical and writing skills. You may also learn how to use computer programs to conduct legal research and use popular programs, like Microsoft Word and Excel. These skills may prepare you for a variety of legal tasks.

Advanced Degrees

Students who complete this program may be interested in continuing their education. Associate's degree programs offer students the chance to take additional coursework and develop additional skills. Holding an associate's degree may make you more competitive in the job market. Associate's degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Art in Political Science