Self-paced eLearning course includes 6-months access to online content, all eBooks, supplemental content, and related course materials, as applicable

Tuition: $1,699

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Contact: Call (434) 973-1945 for more information



The Paralegal Professional program from CATEC offers an in-depth view of the role of paralegals play within the American legal system. Examining the myriad of skills used by paralegals everyday alongside the typical legal working environment, learners will explore the common areas of law in which they’ll likely be working, the various ethical considerations that may arise as well as the sources of law they’ll reference every day.  Learners will be offered an offered an overview of traditional state and federal courts as well as the implications and uses for alternative dispute resolution. Learners will also be introduced to various career opportunities available to trained paralegals. For more information, click here.


The Paralegal Professional program from CATEC offers learners a comprehensive understanding of professional responsibility in the legal field and how these laws apply to paralegals, specifically. In addition to the general legal ethical concepts presented in the program, learners will research individual state professional responsibility rules as they apply to the overall field and to the paralegal role. Upon completion of this program, learners will be able to recognize an ethical issue, categorize it, and research the possible solutions to the issue. 


  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.  

  • National certification is available for students who complete this course including National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Paralegal Professional certification.


  • Summarize the role of the paralegal in the American legal system 

  • Describe the process of becoming a paralegal professional and prepare a resume for a paralegal position 

  • Describe the sources of American Law, the state and federal court systems 

  • Prepare for a client interview 

  • Explain the investigation process 

  • Research legal matters 

  • Explore styles and formats used in legal writing and draft legal documents 

  • Explain the trial preparation process, the actual trial process, appellate process and alternative dispute resolution 

  • Differentiate the authority and functioning of administrative agencies 

  • Explain criminal law and procedure 

  • Articulate the legal principles of tort law 

  • Describe the classifications and elements of contracts 

  • Outline the basic principles of property law 

  • Examine the legal principles of family law 

  • Examine estate planning and probate 

  • Describe the primary forms of business 

  • Summarize the role of the paralegal in the American legal system 

  • Recognize the regulation of the legal profession as a distinct set of laws and rules 

  • Explore the meaning of the unauthorized practice of law and misrepresentation 

  • Analyze the application of the duty of confidentiality 

  • Examine issues related to evidentiary privileges 

  • Examine issues related to conflict of interest and the duty of loyalty 

  • Examine issues related to advertising and solicitation 

  • Examine issues related to client trust accounts, legal and paralegal fees 

  • Examine issues related to competence, negligence and zealous representation 

  • Examine issues related to the duty of integrity and the duty to report 


  • 24/7 instructor support and course mentoring 

  • Student and instructor collaboration 

  • Engaging labs, student exercises, course videos and animated simulations 

  • Student pre and post assessments and online performance tracking 

  • National and state certification opportunities 

  • A secure Student Portal which includes: career guidance, resume writing and other career resources 


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For inquiries about our Adult Education and Apprenticeship programs, contact:

  • Shannon Tomlin, CATEC Adult Education and Apprenticeship Program Manager, by email or call (434) 973-1945