Build the knowledge and skills necessary in these practice-oriented courses, which focus on those areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand. Learn to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases. Purchase College has partnered with the CLS by BARBRI to deliver instruction for the paralegal and advanced paralegal certificate courses.

The paralegal certificate course provides an overview of the legal system, legal research, legal writing, civil procedure, ethics, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal evidence, torts, and contracts.

The advanced paralegal certificate course builds on the paralegal certificate course, which is a prerequisite. It offers specialized topics online that extensively build on the student’s knowledge of law and paralegal studies with content that focuses on specialized facets of contemporary law.

Noncredit Legal Courses in Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation, Intellectual Property Law for Engineers, Legal Investigation, Legal Secretary, Victim Advocacy, Employment Law, Legal Nurse Consultant Training, Personal Injury for Paralegals, Software Essentials for the Law Office, and eDiscovery for Paralegals are available to address specific skills. 


Since 1980, CLS has educated thousands of students who wish to pursue work as legal support professionals, in conjunction with colleges and universities nationwide. The program is designed to meet the highest state requirement for working paralegals in the country, currently California (California Business and Professions Code § 6450). The curriculum and online training format created by CLS were recently awarded top honors by Thomson West Publishing International. Recognizing the state-of-the-art technology and ease of use, online courses created by CLS were also awarded top honors by Thomson West Publishing International. The curriculum is updated by CLS to remain current and on pace with the newest trends in the legal industry. CLS uses only highly qualified law and test preparation instructors. CLS courses are taught by attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals with years of legal experience. Students are trained to perform legal research and in the writing skills necessary to become a successful paralegal.

CLS brings decades of experience in the delivery of online coursework with a focus on curriculum for the legal profession. Students who successfully complete the required courses are awarded a certificate of completion from the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education at Purchase College.