ADMISSIONS

ADMISSIONS

High School Diploma or GED/ High school equivalent

Completion time

Completion time

The average student completes in 6-12 months

average salary

average salary

According to Occupational Outlook Handbookthe median salary is $59,200

certifications

certifications

Certified Paralegal (CP®) through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

What does a legal assistant/ paralegal do?

A legal assistant/paralegal is an integral member of the legal team, assisting attorneys in providing quality legal services to clients or organizations they represent. Like attorneys, legal assistants/paralegals work on diverse cases, contribute to the pursuit of justice, and can specialize in multiple legal areas, such as corporate law, personal injury, immigration, family law, and real estate.

A legal assistant/paralegal undertakes a wide variety of administrative tasks and legal work.  Here is a closer look at a list of responsibilities which vary depending on setting:

  • Preparing preliminary drafts of various legal documents
  • Interviewing prospective clients or witnesses
  • Conducting research on legal issues, statutes, regulations, and case laws
  • Communicating with clients throughout the legal process 
  • Fact-checking legal filing and documents
  • Organizing and maintaining legal documents in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Helping with trial preparation by preparing exhibits, witnesses, and trial binders.
  • Performing administrative duties, such as scheduling meetings, answering phone calls, managing calendars, and handling correspondence
  • Utilizing legal software and technology for document management, research, case tracking, and other law-related tasks
  • Adhering to ethical guidelines and maintaining strict confidentiality regarding client information and privileged communications

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level career in a variety of legal work environments. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of several areas of law, the differences in civil actions and criminal procedures, the most efficient way to conduct legal research, the duties and ethics of a legal assistant/paralegal, and tips on how to begin your career. To enhance your knowledge and skills, prep materials for the CP® exam are included.

Plus, once you complete your coursework, Blackstone covers the registration cost to sit for the Certified Paralegal (CP®) exam given by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

Certification may help you meet employer requirements, access better career opportunities, and increase earning potential.

Program outcomes

  • Define law and identify basic legal terms
  • Explain legal concepts related to contracts
  • Identify aspects of torts
  • Identify legal cause, negligence, and deceit
  • Demonstrate an understanding of civil and criminal defamation
  • Give the legal definition of property and describe damages
  • Distinguish a crime from a tort and list the three classes of crime
  • Describe larceny and identify the three degrees of larceny
  • Identify legal terms related to real property
  • Identify actions to recover damages in civil suits
  • Identify legal terms related to civil actions
  • Identify legal terms related to criminal procedure
  • Explain the process of criminal procedure
  • Identify and explain legal concepts related to wills
  • Identify and explain legal concepts related to trusts and trustees
  • Explain how partnerships and corporations are formed
  • Discuss the elements of constitutional law
  • Describe how legal research should be conducted
  • Identify effective job-search techniques for legal assistants/paralegals
  • Describe common ethics related to the paralegal profession

what you will make

Employment for a legal assistant/paralegal is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Formally trained legal assistant/paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the top legal assistant/paralegal salary was over $94,000 in 2022, while the middle 50% of paralegals earned an average of $59,200

MEDIAN SALARY

$59,200

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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.

Why choose blackstone? Accredited programs, leads to certification and payment plan options to start your futurev

SELECT THE PAYMENT OPTION THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable price point. Everything you need to complete your Online Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program with Blackstone Career Institute is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your needs and learn how to become a Legal Assistant/Paralegal today!

FULL PAYMENT

$ 2,493 One time payment
  • Fastest completion time
  • Access to all lessons
  • Total $2,493

Full Payment Plan total costs includes $2,343 Tuition and $150 Registration Fee.

PAYMENT PLAN I

$ 133 Month
  • Most popular plan
  • $99 Down, 18 payments of $133
  • Total $2,493

18 Month Autopay Plan requires a Down Payment of $99 with 18 monthly payments of $133 Total cost includes $2,343 Tuition, $150 Registration Fee, and $0 Finance Fee.

PAYMENT PLAN II

$ 99 Month
  • Lowest monthly payments
  • $99 Down, 24 payments of $99, final payment $18
  • Total $2,493

24 Month Autopay Plan requires a Down Payment of $99 with 24 monthly payments of $99, final payment of $18. Total cost includes $2,343 Tuition, $150 Registration Fee, and $0 Finance Fee.

Blackstone participates with the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) provides military spouses with an incredible opportunity to pursue licenses, certificates, and certifications necessary for gainful employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields.

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Meet Your Instructors

Jeffery Hauck, MSc, MOS, JD, Ph.D (ABD) Blackstone Career Institute Paralegal Instructor

Jeff Hauck, MSc, MOS, JD, Ph.D (ABD)

Mr. Hauck holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Criminal Justice from DeSales University, a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Criminal Justice from Purdue University Global, a Master of Operational Studies (MOS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (JD) from Widener University School of Law where he graduated from the Law and Government Institute with a concentration in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and is All But Dissertation (ABD) status in a current research Ph.D program in Criminology.

Mr. Hauck is a retired Municipal Police Supervisor and retired Licensed Private Detective. In addition to his position as Chief Operations Officer for Hauck Strategic Consulting (HSC), Mr. Hauck is a Field Grade Officer in the U.S. Army. Through HSC Mr. Hauck has consulted with hundreds of clients providing competent paralegal/legal-assistant services either by working with contracted counsel or in-house counsel necessary to the achievement of their individual planned success. Mr. Hauck understands that the law affects nearly every decision and action businesses and individuals make on a daily basis. As such he knows that a skilled paralegal professional can make the difference between success and failure in the legal and/or corporate environment.

Course Materials included

Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal program materials provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the law including but not limited to, the rules of law, their origin, nature, and growth. Blackstone’s Modern American Law Series, Law Glossary. Legal Research & Writing, and Ethics are accessed through your Online Student account. Additionally, you will receive customized study guides directing you through all your coursework.

Blackstone Modern American Law Series

Developed by legal scholars and designed to provide a simple yet authoritative commentary on the law. This fourteen-volume set is a valuable lifelong reference for our Legal Assistant/ Paralegal graduates.

Using the Lexis+® database, you will gain a solid foundation in the priciples and practice of Legal Research and Writing.

  • Student Membership
  • CP® Practice Exam
  • CP® Review Course Bundle
  • 1 year subscription to NALA’s Facts & Findings publication.

NALA CP® Fundamentals Book

CP® Exam Voucher Package

  • Application Fee/Voucher
  • Knowledge Exam Testing Center Fee
  • Skills Exam Testing Center Fee

$727.50 Value

FAQs

The terms legal assistant and paralegal are used interchangeably, much like the terms attorney and lawyer.
As the name suggests, a legal assistant/paralegal assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Skills such as clear communication, organization, excellent research and writing, technology skills, attention to detail, a high level of professionalism, and a positive attitude are all important traits for a legal assistant/paralegal to perform their duties.
Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal curriculum coupled with certification prep materials and certification exam voucher, prepare students to sit for NALA’s Certified Paralegal (CP®) exam at no additional cost. (Cost of CP® exam application/fees is $277) While most states don’t require a Legal Assistant/Paralegal to be certified, certification is a key to success and opportunity throughout the legal profession.
Legal assistant/paralegals are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work. Law firms continue to be the largest employer; however, many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments. Legal assistant/paralegals work in a variety of legal practice areas, ranging from litigation and trial practice to tax, real estate transactions, and estate planning.