Professional Development

Helping students prepare for new careers!

Adult students interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning May 4, 2015 by UW-Waukesha Continuing Education in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.  

The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© is designed to affordably prepare students for the job market in the legal and give them the knowledge and skills needed to begin earning a salary as quickly as possible.  Training focuses on providing a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach you practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, create legal documents, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.

 “I have completed part one of the paralegal course and have found the course to be challenging yet manageable even with a full time job and a baby. I am 51 years old and studying for a paralegal certificate in order to begin a new career. I recommend this course to anyone seeking something new in their careers.”

-John / Summer 2014 Student

 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations. The national median earnings for paralegals is currently $45,480, and freelance paralegal professionals can earn significantly more.

 “I completed the Paralegal I and II courses and absolutely loved the format. The online courses are so easy to follow, and the course leaders are knowledgeable and encouraging. The moment I was granted my certificate I applied for a job at the County Attorney's Office. I was hired after my first interview. I was able to immediately apply my skills in the workspace. What a blessing!”

~Maria / Spring 2015 Student

 Previous graduates of the Paralegal Certificate Course are working in different industries throughout the U.S. -  law firms, major corporations, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, the banking industry and government agencies. Students who complete the Paralegal Certificate Course will receive their certificate from UW-Waukesha Continuing Education. This provides instant credibility when presenting the certificate to would-be employers.

Continuing Education Interim Director, Holly Wehrhahn, states that, “Continuing Education is excited to offer such a wide diversity of affordable legal certificate courses. Students have been requesting the Paralegal Certificate and this is a great option for students to enhance their career and earning potential”.

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Are you interested in any of our one day workshops or seminars? If your organization has a group that would like to attend our session, please contact us for group pricing options.

Your organization may also have training needs not available through traditional programming. The University of Wisconsin Colleges can help. We offer a variety of customized training solutions to fit your specific organizational issues at a time and location convenient to you. UW Colleges provides training support in a variety of areas.

Please contact Holly Wehrhahn, Interim Director Continuing Education at or phone 262-521-5460

Contact Holly Wehrhahn, Interim Director Continuing Education at or phone 262-521-5460