Paralegal Diploma Program

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Paralegal Studies

Prepare yourself for a rewarding paralegal career by enrolling in our comprehensive Paralegal Studies Diploma program. Acquire the necessary skills in document creation, legal analysis, information literacy, and critical thinking to thrive in the dynamic legal landscape.

  • Comprehensive Paralegal Training: Our program equips students with knowledge in the paralegal/compliance field, preparing them for entry-level employment in law offices and government agencies.
  • Broad Legal Scope: Coursework covers diverse legal areas, U.S. law principles, legal terminology and documentation, legal software, reasoning, research, writing skill development, and professional standards and ethics.
  • Document Creation and Editing: Master the art of accurately creating and editing legal and other essential documents, ensuring precision and attention to detail.
  • Legal and Ethical Analysis: Develop the ability to identify and analyze legal and ethical issues within a law office setting, fostering sound decision-making and adherence to professional standards.
  • Information Literacy and Critical Thinking: Apply information literacy, research, and critical thinking skills to various areas of paralegal practice, enhancing your ability to tackle complex legal challenges.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Paralegals is projected to grow 14% in the Illinois from 2021 to 2031.1 


Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Program Length: 10 months
  • Credits: 60

Career Options

  • Defense Law Firms
  • Corporate Law Firms
  • International Law Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Banks & Financial Institutions

A.A.S. Degree

After you complete the Paralegal Studies Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Paralegal Studies Associate Degree completion program. That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.


What You Will Learn

  • Legal Software Proficiency: Master essential computer software programs used in the legal field.
  • Law Office Terminology: Acquire knowledge of common legal terminology and procedural norms.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Develop effective legal research and writing techniques.
  • Core Legal Areas: Gain a solid understanding of civil litigation, torts, probate, criminal law, and family law basics.
  • Courtroom Preparation: Enhance your skills through mock depositions and familiarize yourself with the courtroom environment.

Approximately 45,800 annual job openings for paralegals and legal assistants are projected over the next decade. These openings will arise from both replacements of workers transitioning to other occupations or retiring from the labor force.2

The Rockford Career College Advantage

Rockford Career College is a distinguished institution that prioritizes career-focused education, equipping students with practical skills and real-world experience in their desired fields. What sets Rockford Career College apart is its unwavering commitment to preparing students for success in the workforce.

  • Programs: Choose from a diverse range of programs in animal sciences, healthcare, business, cannabis, and skilled trades. Our programs are meticulously crafted to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in their chosen careers.
  • Small Class Sizes: Benefit from personalized attention and support from our instructors, thanks to our small class sizes. This approach ensures a deeper understanding of the subject matter and the ability to apply it to real-world scenarios.
  • Multiple Schedule Options: We understand the demands of your life. That's why we offer on-campus, hybrid, and fully online diploma and degree programs that provide the flexibility you need to accommodate your lifestyle.
  • Experienced Faculty: Learn from industry professionals who bring extensive experience and expertise to the classroom. Our faculty members provide invaluable real-world insights and connections to enhance your learning journey.
  • Hands-on Training: Gain practical skills through hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs and clinical settings. Apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations, enhancing your confidence and readiness for your future career.



  • On-Campus & Online Options
  • 20+ Career-Focused Programs
  • Hands-On & Real World Training
  • Inclusive Small Class Sizes
  • Caring Instructors
  • Student-Centered Experience
  • Tutoring & Personalized Support
  • Financial Aid for Those Who Qualify
  • Externship Opportunities
  • Career Placement Assistance

"Hard work pays off. It is worth the struggle! Stay strong, no matter how tough things may seem—there will always be a brighter day!"

Laura Watts

2022 Graduate, Paralegal

2, retrieved on 4/17/2023.