Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning August 25, 2014 by Oklahoma State University in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.


The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© is designed to affordably prepare students for the job market in the legal and give them the knowledge and skills needed to begin earning a salary as quickly as possible. Training focuses on providing a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It also teaches practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, create legal documents, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.


“I have completed part one of the paralegal course and have found the course to be challenging yet manageable even with a full time job and a baby. I am 51 years old and studying for a paralegal certificate in order to begin a new career. I recommend this course to anyone seeking something new in their careers,” said John, summer 2014 Student.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations. The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $45,480 and freelance paralegal professionals can earn significantly more.


Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different industries throughout the U.S.—law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, the banking industry and government agencies. Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course receive their certificate from Oklahoma State University. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.


“Our association with The Center for Legal Studies has been one of the most pleasant of any of our non-traditional education programs. And it’s rewarding to know that the knowledge students receive is changing their lives,” said Evelyn Ferchau, Manager, OSU Correspondence Education.


To learn more, go to: and click on the state of Oklahoma, or call 1-800-522-7737.