You can have a lucrative career in Law without a Law degree.

Governors State University offers fully online courses through the School for Extended Learning (SXL) that will help you learn the skills needed for a higher paying career. Enroll in one of our legal courses today to start your path towards a professional career in legal support services. Some of the fastest growing careers don’t require an expensive, lengthy education, which can cost up to $45,000 per year. Paralegals, e-Discovery professionals, Legal Nurse Consultants are among the many law-related career paths offering explosive job growth—and they don’t require a law degree! The School of Extended Learning can help you prepare for your dream job, at a fraction of the cost. Our career-ready courses and certificate options are offered in a flexible, online format.  

The Growing Legal Field 
The legal market is flourishing. Demand for a wide variety of new legal professionals rises with caseloads, changes in regulations, and increased automation of processes. New fields, like the Litigation Support Professionals and Trial Consultants, combine legal studies and the technical knowledge of an IT professional, for example. Or, specialized consultants advise on medically-related cases or on jury selection (Legal Nurse Consultants and Trial Consultants). Also, the use of mediators is growing in popularity as a means of settling disputes outside the courtroom to lower litigation costs. The opportunities to hone your focus in law are endless, from estate-planning to family law, civil liberties, water law, victim advocacy, and more.  


Paralegal Certificate Course-90 course hours or 9.0 CEUs
This course will provide you with 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, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. Gain working knowledge of legal authority: how it is used in the litigation process and how to locate it through legal research. You will also learn the basics of law office management, substantive law (such as criminal law, domestic relations, real property law, and bankruptcy), and informal and formal advocacy.



The following legal programs are approved for funding through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

Loans through Affirm are also offered for Legal Studies programs only. Visit our ways to pay page for more information.