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Online Paralegal Certification Program

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In 2017, Rice's online Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program ranked No. 2 for Best Online Paralegal Programs by College Choice.


Why become a paralegal?

Paralegals (also known as legal assistants) play a vital role in the legal system by performing a variety of essential tasks depending on the organizations where they are employed. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching legal issues
  • Investigating facts
  • Drafting documents
  • Interviewing attending corporate transactions, depositions, hearings and trials

Experienced paralegals can perform almost any task an attorney performs, but may not give legal advice or represent clients in a court of law. Paralegals work in a variety of settings, but they’re most commonly employed by law firms, government agencies and legal departments at corporations. The majority of paralegals work in the litigation field, but may also work in other areas such as:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Real estate
  • Oil and gas
  • Many more

How do you become a paralegal?

No state requires that a paralegal take any exam for certification. Students that have a bachelor's degree in any field and have graduated from the Rice Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program online can consider themselves paralegals.

Why choose the Rice Online Paralegal Program?

Our highly-rated, skills-based online paralegal courses are taught by practicing attorneys and includes career search support. This onjline program is ideal for those seeking to enhance their career or start a new one in the paralegal profession. Rice paralegal graduates are in demand – we regularly get job postings from Houston employers. In fact, many of our students find jobs before completing our program.

Don't miss the opportunity to enroll in the only online paralegal certification program in Texas requiring a bachelor's degree.

Comprehensive curriculum covered in a five-month online program

paralegal training onlineIn our online paralegal certification program, you will attend regularly scheduled classes with live instruction and access to online study tools that include practice exercise questions, lecture notes, quizzes and mock exams. Students will have access to LexisNexis® and Westlaw® accounts.

Never miss a class

online paralegal programClass recordings are made available in video (MP4) format.


Taught by practicing attorneys

online paralegal certification coursesAll paralegal online training courses are taught by practicing attorneys.


Not in Texas? No problem.

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No matter where you live or plan to practice, the online paralegal certification program provides access to legal research and writing labs for all 50 states, as well as all U.S Territories, something no other program offers. In addition, the program trains students in skills that are transferable to any law firm – in any city.

Affiliation with one of the world's top accredited universities

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Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report.


Career search support

online paralegal program

Rice's Online Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program graduates have been embraced by the legal community by hiring them and, in many cases, returning to hire others as new classes complete the program. We also provide assistance with resume preparation and interview skills.


Start your path to a new career that will lead to you becoming a sought-after Rice University Paralegal Graduate Certificate holder.

Course Details

Online Paralegal Certification Program Register Now

Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Required equipment for online programs
31 meetings
Oct. 2, 2017- Feb. 28, 2018
(no class Oct. 25, Nov. 22,
Dec. 18, Jan. 1 and Jan. 15)
Day of the Week
Mondays and Wednesdays
Course Format
9.3 CEUs
Time of Day
6-9 p.m. Central time
Tuition Fee
If registering by Sept. 5: $4,350
After Sept. 5: $4,550
Download Flyer Information Session Contact Us Note: Fee does not include cost of texts, approximately $650. A textbook list and ordering instructions will be provided after registration for the program. 


"All of the instructors were amazing -- they were extremely thorough in their presentation of information and in the execution of their lessons. Though the program is only five months, I found it to be a solid foundation for me to begin my new career as a paralegal. In fact, 10 days after graduating from the program and receiving my paralegal certificate from Rice University, I was hired by a local law firm."