Paralegal Online Studies

Online Paralegal Degrees at Vatterott


Program Information

Entire Program Duration
70 weeks

How long is every course?
Every 10 weeks

Theory & Associated Lab Work
73 Quarter Credit Hours

General Education
24 Quarter Credit Hours

Total Quarter Credit Hours

Class Schedule

Morning Classes
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Classes
Monday through Thursday
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Evening Classes
Monday through Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

* Class hours are subject to change or vary based on student needs




The Paralegal courses are designed to introduce students to legal training, law application and the legal environment, while also examining business, family, and employment law. In addition, courses include the study of business ethics, estate administration, trial preparation, and office administration. Students receive instruction from industry experienced experts in each Paralegal course at Vatterott College – Online.

The Paralegal courses at the Online Division will prepare graduates to work in entry-level positions as a legal assistant or paralegal under the supervision of attorneys engaged in private practices or corporate legal departments. This paralegal training will provide students with fundamental skills in keyboarding, legal research, corporate law, and will build an understanding of trial preparation and procedure.

Courses & Descriptions

LE-101: Legal Terminology

This course provides an introduction to legal vocabulary, definitions, pronunciation and usage. Students will learn the history and development of the common language of the domestic legal system.

LE-102: Introduction to the Legal System

This course will provide the student with an overview of the structure of the judicial system. The topics covered will include: history of the legal system, the working structure of the government, court procedure and different legal concepts.

LE-107: Legal Keyboarding: Skills, Speed & Assessment

This course provides the student with skills needed to develop required keyboarding speed and accuracy for entry level legal profession positions. The student must type 45 words per minute minimum, with 100% accuracy, in order to successfully complete this course.[/vc_column_text]

LE-109: Family Law

This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the law relating to marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship, paternity, support, prenuptial and settlement agreements. Students will draft documents related to family law legal issues and proceedings.

LE-111: Civil and Criminal Law

This course will provide students with an understanding of the the substantive criminal law defining common law, statutory crimes and punishments, classification of crimes, state law defining crimes, principles of liability and the limitations of such liability by specific defenses, and basic criminal procedure concepts. It will also provide an analysis of civil procedure; instruction in the preparation of documents for lawsuits covering pre-and post-trial matters; jurisdictional, evidentiary, and admissibility issues.

LE-115: Employment Law

This course provides a study of the basic principles of the laws surrounding hiring and workers’ compensation. Additionally, employment law concepts concerning eligibility, compensation, medical treatment, payments, death benefits, settlement and vocational rehabilitation will be discussed in the course. The preparation of documents from both the applicant and defense positions will be a focus.

LE-125: Legal Office Management

This course provides students the opportunity to understand law-office operations and theories of management, timekeeping and billing, law-office equipment, budgeting, preparation of forms and checklists, docket control, personnel issues and time management.

LE-130: Legal Presentations

This course will provide students with the tools to create professional legal presentations. They will enhance their computer concepts and skills by creating multidimensional presentations using a variety of tools from including the Internet, PowerPoint and Publisher. Students will also develop skills in creating and analyzing spreadsheets and data bases.[/vc_column_text]

LE-135: Legal Research

This course introduces the Legal Research Process to students. It will provide an overview of case analysis and methodology; research and interpretation of statutory and administrative regulations; research procedures in primary, secondary, and non-legal sources; interpreting, use, and proper preparation of legal citations; methods of tracing legal issues chronologically; practice in preparing case briefings.

LE-200: Introduction to Trial Preparation and Litigation

This course will provide a practical application of litigation methods and procedures. This course covers interviewing and investigative techniques as well as pretrial motions and hearings. The will students learn to use proper methods of organization for effective trial presentation. Additionally, the course includes an introduction to drafting of documents essential to litigation and an explanation of post-trial hearing and procedures.

LE-205: Contract and Tort Law

This course will provide students with a practical approach to the law of contracts and will cover the formation of a contract, breach of a contract and remedies for the breach of a contract. Students will also learn to draft various types of contracts and to understand the effects of certain applicable statutes. The course will also provide an overview of intentional torts, negligence, product liability, defamation, defenses to tors and damages. Additionally, students will learn to draft various documents associated with the practice of tort law.[/vc_column_text]

LE-210: Estate Planning and Probate

This course provides an introduction to estate and probate terminology, wills and trusts, probate law and procedures, required orders and notices, estate sales, estate taxes, joint tenancy, judicial determination of death, and disposition of judicial findings. Students will also become familiar with common documentation and forms for an estate planning practice.

LE-212: Real Estate Law

This course provides the basic concepts of the law of real property including forms and instruments of ownership, real estate conveyance and financing instruments, foreclosures, easements, basic zoning concepts, and landlord and tenant issues. The student will have a working knowledge of title searches and a thorough understanding of closing procedures.

LE-215: Advanced Legal Research and Writing

Study of appropriate format and styles in legal writing; preparation of various legal documents including but not limited to trial and appellate briefings, memorandums, legal opinions, and various procedural document. Students will develop skills such as legal application, analysis, and synthesis skills by identifying and classifying the best sources that apply to legal problems. Students will evaluate the relevance of sources for specific problems and critically evaluate the level of authority of various legal sources.

LE-220: Advanced Topics in the Law

This special course is designed to offer advanced topics in the legal field. Special subject matter will be announced in advance to students interested in this course. Topics will include: Juvenile Law, Elder Law, Workers Compensation, Immigration Law, Consumer Protection, and Land and Abstract Law.

LE-225: Corporate Law

This course will provide students an overview of the formation, operation, and dissolution of the corporate entity as well as Stockholders rights and remedies as corporate owners will be examined. Corporate documents and corporate formalities will be discussed.

LE-240: Paralegal Capstone

This course will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the competency and knowledge they have developed throughout the program. The student must develop a capstone project proposal, to be approved by the instructor. The proposed project may be a case study, research paper, portfolio of work with written explanation, etc.

GE 104: Energy & Society

This course focuses on the basic physical principles and contemporary issues in the fields of energy and environment, from fossil and nuclear fuels to renewable energy sources. Students will examine the scientific, technological, environmental, economic, health, ethical, and political aspects of energy production and use. Emphasis will be placed on these issues in relationship to society and the individual.

GE-114: Technical Mathematics

This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical operations and functions as they apply to the workplace. The course starts with a review of numbers, their systems, forms, and operations. It then introduces basic algebraic concepts including solving systems of one and two variables, simplifying equations, and practical applications of basic technical formulas. Also included are basic geometric forms and relationships. The course’s emphasis is on providing students with a practical and useful working knowledge of these concepts for use in the rest of their program as well as on the job.

GE-115: Microeconomic Principles

This course is designed to introduce basic concepts and issues in microeconomics with an emphasis on analyzing and applying economic principles to real-world problems. It enables students to apply economics to their daily lives. Topics to be studied in depth include supply and demand analysis, price-setting, profit, firm behavior, labor market, and consumer choice.

GE-116: Ethics

This course is designed to provide a practical overview of principle ethical theories and concepts of human conduct as well as a critical evaluation of these theories and concepts as they apply to problems and decisions in contemporary professional life. Students will learn to apply critical thinking skills, ethical reasoning, and professional codes of conduct to resolve a variety of personal, social, and professional ethics issues.

GE-120: English Composition

This course is designed to meet the writing needs of a wide variety of students in the following ways: 1) prepare students who will continue in college to write acceptable college-level expository essays, 2) provide career students with a strong base for technical and business writing, 3) familiarize all students with the kinds of writing skills that will be valuable in their everyday experience, 4) provide students with some awareness of the way language functions and affects their lives. To help reach these goals, the course will focus on the elements of clear writing, well-organized expository essays, the necessary critical thinking that must always precede expository writing, analytical reading, and, when necessary, a review of the principles of grammar.

GE-121: Computer Concepts

In the computer concepts course, students will learn basic computer applications and concepts. The workings of the computer and its system are an essential skill in today’s technological society. The course materials place an emphasis on today’s most popular applications that pervade the working network today. Students will learn the workings of the computer so as to be able to use computers in their chosen career.

Student Access

Vatterott offers support guidance such as academic advisors, career services and exclusive communities


Competitive tuition rates, scholarships and financial aid makes Vatterott very affordable.


Learn from specially trained instructors with many years of real world experience in their fields.


Earn ACCSC Accredited degrees and certifications that many employers look for in candidates.

Institution Information

Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
12900 Maurer Industrial Dr.
St. Louis, Missouri 63127


Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. offers quality education for students interested the Automotive, Trades, Medical, Business, Technology, Legal and Culinary Professions.

Vatterott offers online degrees for those who aspire to work in the fields of Business Management, Information Systems Security, Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist, Paralegal, and Pharmacy Technicians.

In 1969, Vatterott College began providing quality career training to students seeking career skills for a better life. Then, in 2003, Vatterott Education Centers Inc. was established as the parent institution of Vatterott College, Vatterott Education Center of Dallas, L'Ecole Culinaire and The Court Reporting Institutes.