Course Description

This intensive online program is designed to teach legal investigation to those interested in pursuing a new career and those presently working in the legal field.

This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of at least 8 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that extensions will not be granted for this online course. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course.

Attend and You Will Receive

Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion from NC State University. 

Attend and You Will Learn / Expected Outcome

Attend and You Will Learn

Participants will demonstrate the following skills through successful completion of all required coursework and assignments:

  • Discuss the origins and history of the American legal system
  • Define and apply important legal terminology
  • Discuss ethics for the law office
  • List the elements of tort law and contract law
  • Explain the important rules of civil procedure
  • Demonstrate how to interview clients and witnesses
  • Demonstrate how to conduct a legal investigation: gathering facts, gathering evidence and taking statements of clients and witnesses
  • Demonstrate how to handle evidence that has been gathered
  • Explain the important rules regarding the admissibility of evidence in court
  • Describe how to perform legal research
  • Discuss how to create a freelance legal investigation business

Notes / Additional Information


For each lesson you will submit a 50-point short answer/essay exam covering the topics in the assigned reading. These tests are due by 9:00 a.m. each Friday.

Writing Assignments:

You will be asked to complete a writing assignment worth 50 points, which is due by 9:00 a.m. on the last Monday of class.

Bulletin Board Assignments:

You will also post your responses to six class participation assignments. These assignments are referred to as Bulletin Board Submissions and will be submitted by either selecting Bulletin Board Submission from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Forums’ under Activities in the course.

All lesson objectives, assignments, and tests can be found in the Lesson Materials.

Additional resources are available by accessing the URL Library tool.

Your grade will be based on your completion of six tests, one writing assignment, and class participation/Bulletin Board Submissions. The tests and writing assignments can be accessed from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Assignments’ under Activities. You will have the opportunity to engage in “class participation” by using the Bulletin Board tool to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material.

Your final grade will be figured as follows:

  • The six tests are 50 points each and comprise 70% of your grade.
  • The one writing assignment is worth 50 points and comprises 20% of your grade.
  • Your participation in class participation assignments comprises 10% of your grade.

Required textbooks for this course:

Federal Civil Rules Booklet, LegalPub.com, Inc.

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition, by Daniel Oran. Clifton Park: Delmar Cengage Learning
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Section Title
Legal Investigation Certificate
Jan 11, 2021 to Feb 26, 2021
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $1,117.00
Section Title
Legal Investigation Certificate
Mar 08, 2021 to Apr 23, 2021
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $1,117.00