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Exploring the world of law and justice has never been easier, thanks to Northwestern College’s American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal certificate program. Whether you’re currently working for a law firm and want to start moving up the ladder, or if you’re hoping to add paralegal training to your already well-padded resume, there are many reasons to consider Northwestern College.
You will receive a career-focused education from qualified instructors —and nowhere else will you be supported by an environment as committed to your success. We pride ourselves on doing more than just handing out certificates—we help build futures.
Please note: Paralegals must work under attorney supervision. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.
Why Consider a Paralegal Certificate Program?
A paralegal certificate from an institution like ours can go a long way in boosting an existing paralegal career or in preparing students to enhance the skills they have to offer employers. Because the education we provide focuses on a solid understanding of the legal system, it builds on the training you may already have to make you more employable from a management perspective.
Not all paralegals go on to work in law firms. Paralegals are employed in a variety of settings such as:
- Court systems
- Government agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Insurance and health care companies
- Real estate title companies
- Financial services organizations
How to Decide if a Paralegal Certificate Program is Right for You?
Northwestern College’s paralegal certificate and Associate in Applied Science paralegal degree programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Both options provide hands-on, employer-recognized training—and both options help prepare students for entry-level work in the paralegal field. However, students in the paralegal certificate program must have completed a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or the educational equivalent.
The best way to know for sure which program is better for your situation is to sit down with one of our advisors to go over your options. Because we are student- and career-focused from your first day on campus, we love having this conversation early on.
Increase your opportunities for success and look forward to a better future with a paralegal certificate. With both online and on campus learning options, you might be surprised at how easy it can be to earn yours!
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Understand and exhibit expected ethical behavior of the paralegal profession
- Understand and demonstrate the necessary steps to bring a case to trial by preparing pleadings, discovery requests, and other litigation-related documents
- Display the ability to independently research legal issues and prepare appropriate legal documents
- Perform through an externship, paralegal skills necessary to competently work in a legal environment
As part of the paralegal certificate program, you will enjoy classes such as:
Introduction to Legal Research
This course provides an introduction to the legal research and writing process for paralegals. Combining classroom lectures, library demonstrations, and supervised in-class practice sessions, students will develop an overview of legal source materials and how and when they are incorporated in the legal research process.
This course will provide students with a practical approach to the law of contracts. The class discussions will include analyzing contracts, breach of contracts, and the remedies provided for a breach of contract.
This course examines the fundamentals of tort law and provides a basic understanding of the principles of tort litigation. Through classroom lectures, discussions, presentations, and supervised library research, students will develop an overview of causes of actions in torts and their relevance to the paralegal.
Accreditations and Approvals
The Paralegal degree and certificate programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahlc.org.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
Making College Affordable
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment. Learn More
For many students and parents, loans represents an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need. Learn More
The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. Last year, we made more than $4 million in scholarships available to students just like you. See which ones you qualify for.
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