Beginning this fall, Moraine Valley Community College is offering a new Paralegal Studies certificate.

This certificate program is a pathway for students who already have earned an associate degree or higher and would like to add another credential to prepare them for the paralegal workforce. The goals and objectives otherwise are identical to the Paralegal Studies A.A.S. degree, which prepares students with the appropriate skills and knowledge to provide support for lawyers, judges and others in the legal community.

This certificate requires 42 credit hours, which includes classes in writing, research, and substantive and procedural paralegal skill development. Paralegals typically work in law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.

A complete list of credit and noncredit classes can be found in the fall 2020 class schedule online at Tuition is $131 per credit hour plus fees and books. Registration is ongoing. The college shortened its fall semester from 17 to 16 weeks with most courses taking place online starting Aug. 24. Hybrid classes, those that have some in-person and some online instruction, begin Aug. 10. New students can get started remotely with step-by-step instructions at