Course Description

As a general rule, attorneys are not necessarily good law office administrators. A paralegal with administrative skills can be a great asset to a law firm, combining business, administrative, and legal skills into one person. This course includes the legal marketplace, personnel relations, the attorney/client relationship, paralegal ethics, legal fees, timekeeping, billing and financial management, managing client funds, technology in the law office, docket control systems, file management, and law office systems.

This certificate is comprised of 3 required courses, and one Elective:

  1. Law Office Administration
  2. Law Office Accounting
  3. Federal Tax Law
  4. Elective (please choose one):
    1. E-Discovery
    2. Legal Ethics
    3. Laws of Evidence
    4. Advanced Legal Research


Graduates of the Duke Paralegal Certificate Program and Duke Paralegal Online Certificate Program are eligible to receive a $800 discount on each specialist certificate course. To take advantage of this discount, please register by calling the Duke Continuing Studies Registration Office at 1-919-684-6259.

Tuition must be paid in full before a student can start the program. Books are purchased separately and range between $45 and $160 per book. When registration is complete, the student will receive an email containing a username and password to the program's website, information on purchasing textbooks, and instructor and support contact information.


A degree or certificate in paralegal studies is required OR a bachelor's or associate's degree in any field AND a minimum of three years work experience as a paralegal under the direct supervision of an attorney.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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