Paralegal Certificate Prep Course

A 7-week certificate course preparing you for the paralegal certification exam

Upcoming sessions begin on:
February 7th, 2015 (no class on 3/14 & 3/15)
September 12th, 2015 (no class on 10/17 & 10/18)

Paralegalism is one of the fastest growing careers in the country and those individuals possessing a certification are in demand more than ever. This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers.


This is a practice-oriented course that offers instruction on how to work as a full-time or part-time paralegal, or how to open your own freelance business. This program will help students increase their office’s efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new skills critical to succeed in the industry. There are no prerequisites other than a high school diploma (or GED).

Students will be trained to:

  • Assist trial attorneys
  • Interview witnesses
  • Conduct legal research
  • Investigate complex fact patterns
  • Develop an understanding of legal jargon and concepts
  • Prepare cases for courtroom litigation

Course Outline

Week 1: Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, and the Litigation Process
Week 2: Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate
Week 3: Identifying Relevant Authority
Week 4: Introduction to Legal Research
Week 5: Legal Research Practice and Document Preparation
Week 6: Break - No Class
Week 7: Legal Writing and Appellate Rules


Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Canisius College.  To receive a Certificate, students must pass six quizzes, successfully complete five legal document writing assignments and attend at least 80% of the classes.


Date/Time: February 7th - March 22nd, 2015
                  Saturday's and Sunday's from 9:00am - 5:00pm

Investment: $1,189    (does not include textbooks)
                    View the complete list of required textbooks below.

Location: Canisius College
                2001 Main Street
                Buffalo, NY 14208

Instructor: The course will be taught by local attorney, Daire B. Irwin of Daire B. Irwin, Esq. who, in the last decade, continues to be a highly regarded instructor of this program. The certification course is coordinated with our education partner, The Center for Legal Studies


Required Text

All course materials can be purchased on your own or directly through the Center for Legal Studies website.

Paralegal Certificate Course© Workbook, by Margaret J. Kirk
Legal Document Preparation Manual for the Paralegal Certificate Course
Paralegal Career for Dummies, by Scott and Lisa Hatch
Introduction to Paralegalism, 7th Edition by William Statsky
Federal Civil Rules Booklet
A Uniform System of Citation (aka "The Bluebook"), most recent edition
WESTLAW online legal research access

The Paralegal Exam

The CPD does not assist in registering you for the paralegal exam itself. Click here for more information about the exam or feel free to ask your instructor about registering for the exam.