​Paralegal Certificate Program

Are you working in the legal field or looking to upgrade your skills?

Are you seeking a career change into the law field?

The Paralegal Certificate Program is designed for the novice as well as the person currently working in the legal field. Try the online Paralegal Certificate Program!

All prospective students must email the instructor for advising prior to registering for any course. Email Mr. Zoran Perovanovich, zoran1990@juno.com.

In addition, before registering, visit the instructor's website to determine if this program is for you through direct feedback from the instructor! Click here.

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 Dates for 2017 classes are as follows:

  • Thursday, February 2 - March 16, 2017
  • Thursday, April 6 - May 18, 2017 
  • Thursday, June 1 - July 13, 2017
  • Thursday, September 14 - October 26, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2 - December 14, 2017


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At the beginning of each course, students will access all of the lectures and study materials online and via email. Additional individual tutoring will be furnished to each student during the course of the program as needed. Flexible scheduling allows you work at your own pace. Take individual courses to upgrade your skills or work toward completing a certificate.

All new students can register for the first class only, Paralegal Research. Start dates for all five classes are first week of February, April, June and November and the second week of September and run for seven weeks each.


A certificate of completion will be presented by UW-Stevens Point to those who complete all five courses in the series. You are free to enroll in one or more individual classes but will not receive a certificate until you have completed the five-course series.


Paralegal, legal assistant, lawyer’s assistant are all titles used interchangeably to describe individuals who work with attorneys and other professionals in the field of law. Our Paralegal Certificate Program is explained in this free, informational online seminar: http://www.paralegalstudies.com/free_orientation.htm  

Course Descriptions

This course presents an overview of entry-level paralegal research and writing tools. All students will access law resources online and at the local library once a week for specific assignments. In addition, each student will write an office legal memo using legal techniques and current rules of law applying the same to support a conclusion based upon the IRAC reasoning technique. All work must be submitted online. 

This course presents an overview of the paralegal profession including many of the more popular entry-level areas of legal specialization (family, corporate, probate, real estate and many others). All students will be required to select and pursue at least one specialty area and write a twelve-part report for substantive career development. Each student will also be required to take weekly quizzes and a final exam online. 

This course presents an overview of litigation and trial support used by entry level practicing paralegals in daily procedural work. All students will be required to visit a local court system and investigate the procedures of pretrial, trial, post-trial and appeals. In addition, each student will be asked to make a presentation of the court visit and complete a selected deposition abstract online. 

This course is an overview of the paralegal office manager at work. All students will be required to network/mentor with an entry level, practicing paralegal in the field and acquire information on the organization of law firms, corporations and/or government legal departments in order to complete a presentation for class. All quizzes and the final exam will be taken online. 

This course presents an overview of paralegal job search/portfolio method and will help you identify special legal skills that are part of your unique niche in the paralegal market. All students will be required to compose a 15-section paralegal career portfolio and explore three job leads in a local law practice in order to complete a class presentation.


Tuition for each of the five individual classes in series is $195.  The total cost to complete the five-course certificate series is $975 which includes all study materials. 

Questions regarding classes/cost/curriculum? Call Dotty Mansavage at 715-346-3838 or contact by email at dotty.mansavage@uwsp.edu.  

Questions regarding registration assistance? Call Continuing Education and Outreach customer service at 715-346-3838.


"Taking the online Paralegal Certificate Program allowed me to work full time at my firm while furthering my education at the same time.  Zoran Perovanovich cares about his students and I was able to learn so much in this program." - Paralegal Certificate Program Participant, July 2014