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Legal Studies

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Legal training tailored to your industry

Expand your consulting business

Each industry develops its own unique legal strategies and professional lexicon to grow and navigate the constantly evolving world of law. We're offering legal studies courses in key Silicon Valley industries—engineering, nursing, healthcare, and victim advocacy—to give you a practical understanding of your consulting role in the legal realm.

Whether you are an advocate for crime victims or an entrepreneur exploring a medical professional, this curriculum is tailored to your professional development.


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eDiscovery for Paralegals

A seven-week introductory course covering the entire eDiscovery process.

  • eDiscovery preparation basics
  • Best practices for electronically stored information collection
  • The review process.
  • Most relevant eDiscovery topics

This course is endorsed by ACEDS, the gold standard in eDiscovery training and education.

Enroll: eDiscovery for Paralegals


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Medical Professional Legal Consultant

Medical professionals interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues will gain the fundamentals they need to advise law firms, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. Click the button below for the course syllabus.

Continuing Medical Education

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 45 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel.

Enroll: Medical Professional Legal


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The Paralegal Certificate Course©

Two seven-week intensives

Paralegal I Objectives

  • The origins and history of the American legal system
  • The meaning and application of important legal terminology
  • Attorney and paralegal ethics
  • Techniques of jury selection and the jury selection process
  • How to prepare legal documents including demand letters, pleadings, discovery documents, motions and memos
  • Significant elements of the substantive law of torts, contracts
  • The important rules of civil procedure and evidence
  • How to conduct a legal interview
  • How to conduct a legal investigation
  • How to conduct legal analysis and perform legal problem solving

Paralegal II Objectives

  • The importance of precedence
  • What legal authority is, and which authority is the most important
  • How to conduct legal research and learn how to use the 4 most effective legal research tools found in virtually every law library
  • How to Shepardize your authority
  • How to properly cite your authority
  • How to conduct computerized legal research used extensively in law offices throughout the country.
  • Proper and effective legal writing style
  • The basic documents for several important substantive areas of law
  • Advocacy techniques for usage in formal or informal settings, and
  • How to begin your job search and perhaps begin a freelance paralegal business after your education

Enroll: Paralegal Certificate Course®

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Victim Advocacy Certificate

The legal terminology and process, victim rights, ethics, victim advocacy, and crisis intervention skills create the foundation for you to make a difference in the lives of crime victims.

Professional Credit

Successful graduates of this training program will be eligible at minimum for the NACP Provisional Credential and possibly for the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Credential based upon experience in the field.

Victim Advocate jobs

Enroll: Victim Advocacy


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Legal Investigation Certificate

Learn to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies, private businesses, and government agencies in the process of civil and criminal investigation. You'll gain investigative skills related to arson, product liability, personal injury and accident forensics, financial matters, professional malpractice and negligence, skip-tracing, and the role of a legal investigator in preparing for civil and criminal litigation. You'll also learn about working in the field: freelance investigation, job search strategies, and placements.

Enroll: Legal Investigation Certificate


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Advanced Paralegal Certificate Course

Focus on topics that interest you. You are required to complete six seven-week sessions of Advanced Paralegal course topics to receive a certificate of completion. Please choose from the sessions listed below.

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • eDiscovery
  • Education Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property Law
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Water Law

Enroll: Advanced Paralegal Course

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Employment Law Certificate

A multitude of statutes cover the complex relationships between employers and employees. In this course, you'll learn about the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other statutes dealing with public employees. You'll focus on topics such as master and servant relationships, wages and hours, anti-discrimination in employment laws, minimum wages and maximum hours guidelines and the regulation of working conditions.

Professional Credit

Center for Legal Studies and UCSC Silicon Valley Extension are recognized by SHRM to offer professional development credits for the SHRM-CPSM and SHRM-SCPSM.

Enroll: Employment Law Course


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Legal Nurse Consulting

Nurses (PAs and RNs) in the seven-week Legal Nurse Consultant Training Course build on their medical expertise to serve as legal expert consultants and advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. Click button below for course syllabus available.

Professional Development Credit

Successful graduates will receive a certificate for 42 contact hours of nursing continuing professional development from the Center for Legal Studies, a BARBRI Company, that they may be able to use to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Learn more about Legal Nurse Consulting Jobs

Enroll: Legal Nurse Consulting




Center for Legal Studies

Center for Legal Studies, A BARBRI Company

These legal studies courses are provided in partnership with Center for Legal Studies, a BARBRI Company that is focused on providing affordable, up-to-date, and effective legal education. Student payment plans available through CLS.

Frequently Asked Questions



Enjoy these informational webinars about legal courses.


Becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant

The high earning potential and growing job market paint a rosy outlook for the trained legal nurse consultant. In this informational webinar you'll learn about what it means to turn your nursing career into a legal consultant career and the steps you need to take to get there. Learn about career trends, The Center for Legal Studies program, and the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension partnership.

Medical Professional Legal Consultant

Learn about the how to expand your medical career into the legal realm in this course open to anyone interested in the field of forensic testimony and medical-legal issues. The program is designed for all medical professionals including physician assistants, pharmacists, optometrists, dentists, chiropractors, paramedics and more.

Becoming a Victim Advocate

U.S. courts see more than 100 million cases of victimization each year. Crime has a devastating impact on those involved. In this webinar you'll get a sense of what it is to be a victim advocate. You’ll learn about trends in the industry, the support that is available to you as a student in the Center for Legal Studies program, and opportunities for graduates. Learn about this rewarding career today.

Program Overview

Estimated Cost: Varies per program—$995–$1,295
Program Requirements: 4.2 – 5 CEUs
Minimum Hours of Instruction:
Estimated Duration: 7-week, self-paced and fully online program
Modality: This is a fully online program.
Special Programs: This program is not approved for workforce or international students.

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