USC Aiken partners with the Center for Legal Studies to provide several courses that may be of interest to your business or corporation. Online sessions are available for those looking for convenient and comprehensive training. These courses are non-credit bearing and students who successfully complete the course requirements will be issued a Certificate of Completion from the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Courses offered:

     -Paralegal I and II

     -Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course

     -Legal Secretary Certificate Course

     -Legal Investigation Certificate Course

     -Alternative Dispute Resolution Course

     -Legal Nurse Training Course

     -Victim Advocacy Certificate Course

     -GRE Standardized Preparation Course

     -GMAT Standardized Preparation Course

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Course Descriptions

This nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, interview witnesses and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are most in demand. This course is also effective in careers where knowledge of the law is a plus.

There are no prerequisites. Successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from USC Aiken. To be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete the first 7-week session for Paralegal I, break for one week, and complete the second 7-week session for Paralegal II. Each session requires passing six tests and completing two legal document-writing assignments (one assignment in Paralegal II).

***Textbooks must be purchased through the Center for Legal Studies. To order, call  (800) 522-7737 or click the link Here. Allow 7 business days for delivery of textbooks.


     Paralegal I – $697.50

     Paralegal II – $697.50

Note: Sessions can be paid for separately or in one payment of $1,395 but both sessions must be successfully completed before a certificate is issued.

      2019 Sessions

       Session 2: March 11 - April 26, 2019

       Session 3: May 6 - June 21, 2019

       Session 4: July 1 - August 16, 2019 

       Session 5: August 26 - October 11, 2019 

       Session 6: October 21 - December 6, 2019


The Center for Legal Studies features in a DVD format the same Paralegal Certificate Course© that has been offered live since 1980 at colleges and universities throughout the nation. Through your DVD player or computer this course is available to students who, because of location or schedule conflicts, are unable to take the course in other formats.

  • Introduction and syllabus
  • Take course on your time in the comfort and privacy of your home or office.
  • Students mail or e-mail assignments to The Center for Legal Studies for grading.
  • Review the material as many times as necessary for full retention of the information.
  • Questions can be directed to the instructor via a toll-free number and via e-mail.
  • Twenty-nine (29) hours of a recorded live lecture!
  • Students have a maximum of 6 months to complete Paralegal I and 6 months to complete Paralegal II (12 months total). 

*** total price is $1,435. This price includes all DVD lectures but does not include textbooks.  

This program picks up where the Core Requirements of the Paralegal Certificate Program© left off. Since the law reflects virtually every part of our personal and business lives, in order to operate effectively in business and the community, it is essential that everyone have a strong understanding of the law and legal issues. Completing both the Core Requirements and the Advanced Requirements of the Paralegal Certificate Program provides comprehensive training and skills that should enable graduates to work in the quickly-growing paralegal profession.

This Paralegal Certificate Program has also been designed for those who wish to learn about the American legal system, to litigate their own cases on a pro se basis, to assist their retained attorneys in litigating their own cases, to prepare themselves to excel during their first year of law school, to work in a law office in a position other than that of a paralegal or attorney, or to work as a paralegal outside of the state of California.

Students are required to complete six Advanced Paralegal Course topics to receive a certificate. Each topic is offered in a seven-week online session. Students must successfully complete the Core Requirements before they take the Advanced Paralegal Course. Up to three Advanced Paralegal Course topics may be taken during a seven-week online session and Advanced Paralegal Course topics do not have to be taken in any particular order. They are as follows:

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Paralegal Certificate Course

Course Fee: $2,100 or $350 per topic

***Required book purchases for the Advanced Paralegal Course will vary by topic. Please select an advanced topic and session above to see a list of required materials.

This intensive program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. Students will study such topics as: legal terminology; legal process; jurisdiction and venue; ethics; written communications including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions; filing procedures, billing and accounting; time management; records management; computers, word and data processing; legal research; memoranda preparation, and citation format.

This exciting course is designed to teach legal investigation to those interested in pursuing a new career and those presently working in the legal field. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies and private businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies, in the process of civil and criminal investigation. Students will also be taught how to create a freelance investigation business. Included subject areas are: arson investigation, product liability investigation, personal injury and traffic accident forensics, employment accidents, investigation of financial and equity matters, professional malpractice and negligence, skip-tracing, and the role of a legal investigator in preparing for civil and criminal litigation.

This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is geared for all professionals who are focused on "interest-based bargaining." This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Topics include: Why Conflicts Escalate, Why Mediation Works, The Mediation Process, The Role of the Mediator, Coming to an Agreement, Problems Encountered in Mediation, Developing ADR Programs for Government, Business and Personal Disputes, and Divorce Settlement Mediation.

This exciting program prepares Registered Nurses and Physician's Assistants for a career in the legal field as legal nurse consultants. Building on the medical education and clinical experience of RNs and PAs, this course provides the RN and PA with fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. The course teaches legal concepts related to the health care industry, as well as the role a legal nurse consultant might play in such litigation areas as the following: medical malpractice, toxic torts, products liability, personal injury, emotional distress, wrongful death, mental capacity, criminal law, and workers' compensation. Any RN or PA interested in entering the legal field can benefit from the education provided by this course. The course is also open to anyone interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues, but participants without an RN or PA background might not be able to take the LNCC exam after graduation. Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) is a discretionary test separate from this training course that experienced registered nurses graduating from this course may decide to sit for. LNCC test eligibility requirements are discussed during this training course.

Participants will be prepared to work in victim advocacy arenas, such as domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines, and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery. Course topics include legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victims rights, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, effects of victimization on the victim, victim advocate skills, guardianship and crisis intervention. It also covers counseling skills for victims of assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, murder and homicide.

Applying to Graduate school usually means taking the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test. Our GRE Preparation Course is a must! This unique online format combines the convenience of independent study with the camaraderie of a classroom environment. Our online course is divided into two separate courses, one to prepare you for the verbal sections of the GRE and one to prepare you for the quantitative sections.

Most MBA programs across the country and internationally require a Graduate Management Admission Test score for program admission. Our GMAT Preparation Course is a must! Our online course is divided into two separate courses, one to prepare you for the verbal sections of the GMAT and one to prepare you for the quantitative sections. 

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