Foundations of Legal Research
using LexisAdvance®


High School or General Equivalency Diploma


On Average: 3-6 Months





Blackstone’s Foundations of Legal Research online certificate course will expand your research capabilities, improve your writing skills, and teach you the ins and outs of computer-assisted legal research using LexisAdvance®. Paralegals are often asked to perform an initial case analysis, research various legal topics, draft legal documents, and use public records and news sources to compile information.

Using the LexisAdvance® database, you will gain a solid foundation in the principles and practice of Legal Research and Writing. Blackstone’s accredited online Legal Research using LexisAdvance® is designed to prepare you to assist attorneys as they draft and establish formal documentation for their casework. When you have completed all the self-checks and examinations for this course, you will have a better understanding of to easily access legal research and case study information.

This course includes access to live support to help you make the most of the research tools available. Dedicated LexisAdvance® support personnel will provide individual search assistance if you are stalled during your search process.

Course Outcomes

  • Identify common learning strategies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar, proper punctuation and sentence structure to compose professional written communication
  • Describe the role paralegals play in conducting research
  • Explain the difference between a primary and secondary source
  • Discuss the different types of primary sources
  • Describe legal research, writing, and revising processes
  • Compose sample legal documents
  • Conduct online legal research using the Lexis® legal research system

Materials Provided

Blackstone makes it easy for you to complete the Foundations of Legal Research Using LexisAdvance® course by providing all of the materials needed. See further details below:

  • Blackstone’s Skills for Success – Study Unit
  • Legal Research and Writing Part I Study Unit
  • Legal Research and Writing Part II – Study Unit
  • English Usage and Written Communication – Study Unit
  • Effective Legal Research Using LexisAdvance® – Study Unit
  • Student Subscription to LexisAdvance®

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.


BCI is committed to providing quality, relevant, and affordable distance education programs that focus on the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level careers, professional development, or personal goals.

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$ 413 One time payment
  • Fastest completion time
  • Access to all lessons
  • Total $413

Full Payment Plan total costs includes $413.00 Tuition.


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  • $59 Down, 6 payments of $59
  • Total $413

6 month autopayment plan requires a down payment of $59.00 with 6 monthly payments of $59.

Refund Policy

At Blackstone, our student service team focuses on student satisfaction. However, if you choose not to continue your studies we offer a refund policy. Cancellations within the first 5 days of enrollment receive a full refund. After the first 5 days your refund amount is based on tuition collected, lessons completed and enrollment date. Learn more about our refund policy.


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What Accreditation Means For You

By attending an accredited school:

  • You are assured a quality education and institutional accountability.

  • Your credential will be recognized by employers, professional certificate organizations, and other higher learning institutions.

  • You can access tuition/funding benefits, including Military benefits.

Regional and National Accreditation

Blackstone Career Institute is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (MSA) and nationally accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). MSA and DEAC are recognized members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Blackstone Career Institute has proudly maintained accreditation since 2005.


Enrolling at Blackstone is easy, with our open enrollment you can enroll anytime. To qualify, a high school diploma or an equivalent along with access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC or MAC with Internet access is needed. All applicants must complete our Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment for processing. Applications will be processed only if they are accompanied with the required payment. If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at 800-826-9228 or schedule a one-on-one with admissions.

Blackstone offers affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Blackstone has open-enrollment, meaning you do not have to wait for a start date. Students can enroll online anytime by clicking here, call Admissions Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET at 800.826.9228, or scheduling an appointment here.

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.
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As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to prepare and search for successful employment.