The Duke Online Global Paralegal Program is a 300-hour course of study designed to train students in the aspects of the paralegal profession. The program merges the interactive, user-driven aspects of the Internet with a comprehensive paralegal curriculum. It teaches students form manipulation based on any template and instructs students in foundational skill sets. In addition, the online Writing Lab included in the program contains step-by-step instructions for preparing documents specific to the United States at a state and federal court level. As a result, the skill sets learned are transferable throughout the United States and, as such, students will learn to create valid legal documents for their jurisdiction. Instructors, licensed attorneys, will provide additional state-specific guidance as needed.
Note: The curriculum is based on the United States legal system, therefore focuses on the role of paralegals in the United States.
Essential Skills for Paralegals - 156 hours
Fundamentals of the Profession
Evidence and Investigation
Legal Research and Writing (Part 1)
Pleadings and Discovery
Legal Research and Writing (Part 2)
The Legal Environment
The Law Office
Substantive Legal Studies - 144 hours
Choose two of four possible course offerings:
Students should estimate $500 - $625 for the cost of books.