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Paralegal Online Program

This certificate program is designed for individuals who are seeking a career change and the skill set for a successful transition into the paralegal profession.  The Duke Online Paralegal Program is a 300-hour course of study designed to train students in the aspects of the profession most in demand and most desired by attorneys.

This program is offered entirely online, as a self-paced program.  There are no defined due dates or deadlines.  Students have one year to complete the coursework in its entirety. 

A minimum of a US level two-year associate degree is required for application for this program.

Advantages

Here are some advantages of the online program:

  • Self-paced, online program allows complete flexibility and convenience to complete the program in one year or less
  • Unsurpassed website support includes lecture notes, writing labs, video tutorials, quizzes, and mock exams
  • Templates and writing labs available for all 50 states so students can apply their knowledge to their locale
  • Instructors, who are licensed attorneys work one-on-one with students throughout the program
  • Customized learning experience for student to choose two of four substantive areas of law to study in addition to Essential Skills
  • Curriculum created for paralegals by paralegals to teach the skills most sought after and in demand within the legal industry
  • Full access to Lexis Advance and Westlaw Next legal research sites with video tutorials
  • Graduate site provides continued access to online resources, tutorials, and templates upon program completion
  • Earn a paralegal certificate from Duke University Continuing Studies

The program merges the interactive, user-driven aspects of the Internet with a comprehensive paralegal curriculum. It teaches students form manipulation based on any template and instructs students in foundational skill sets. In addition, the online Writing Lab included in the program contains step-by-step instructions for preparing documents specific to the United States at a state and federal court level. As a result, the skill sets learned are transferable throughout the United States and, as such, students will learn to create valid legal documents for their jurisdiction.

The program offers the convenience of an entirely web-based curriculum, but has the advantage of offering students one-on-one contact with an instructor who is a licensed attorney. Students move at their own pace through comprehensive materials with layers of educational support including texts, chapter notes, trial tests, mock exams, legal documents templates, and many other features. The instructor will grade exams, evaluate and provide feedback on assignments, and track student progress. Additionally, by not allowing students to move forward until they’ve mastered the material, instructors are able to ensure student success. As each segment of the course is completed, students must pass an online exam. Upon successfully completing the exam, students will receive a password for the next segment. This element is unique to the Duke program and helps students stay motivated and on-track.

Note:  The program curriculum is based on the United States legal system, therefore it focuses on the role of paralegals in the United States.

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Curriculum & Course Details

The Duke Online Global Paralegal Program is a 300-hour course of study designed to train students in the aspects of the paralegal profession. The program merges the interactive, user-driven aspects of the Internet with a comprehensive paralegal curriculum. It teaches students form manipulation based on any template and instructs students in foundational skillsets. In addition, the online Writing Lab included in the program contains step-by-step instructions for preparing documents specific to the United States at a state and federal court level. As a result, the skillsets learned are transferable throughout the United States and, as such, students will learn to create valid legal documents for their jurisdiction. Instructors will provide additional state-specific guidance as needed. 

Note: The curriculum is based on the United States legal system, therefore focuses on the role of paralegals in the United States. 

The following is the course curriculum for the online program. 

Essential Skills for Paralegals - 156 hours 

Fundamentals of the Profession

  • Introduction to the Legal Field 
    Students will learn what kind of job opportunities exist and what tasks a paralegal may perform.
  • Legal Terminology
    By presenting an actual legal matter and following it throughout the legal process, students are introduced to the most relevant legal terms. The case presented is tracked through both the civil and criminal court procedures.
  • Resume Preparation
    Students will receive instruction in preparing resumes and cover letters, as well as tips for interviewing.
  • Strategies for Employment
    Multiple strategies for seeking employment will be discussed, including traditional and non-traditional methods.

Evidence and Investigation

  • Stages of Litigation
    The three stages of the litigation process are presented, and the functions a paralegal may perform during each stage are discussed.
  • Evidence
    Students discuss various forms of evidence, including direct, circumstantial, oral, physical, and hearsay. The elements of admissibility are presented, as are the procedures for presentation of evidence to the court.
  • Interview Clients
    Specific techniques will be presented and discussed for conducting client interviews.
  • Law Office Investigation
    Skip tracing, formal and informal witness statements, the obtaining of public documents, and other investigative matters are presented.

Legal Research and Writing (Part 1)

  • Index Research
    Students will learn the "hierarchical structure" of legal indexes and will learn to efficiently utilize these fundamental research tools.
  • Legal Analysis
    Students will develop the skills to analyze both case law and statutory authority, including the modified IRAC method.
  • Legal Memorandum Form
    After learning the analytical process, students will analyze cases and statutes. Students will then be taught how to create a legal memorandum.
  • Blue Book Citation Form
    Students will learn the system of legal citation. Duke Global Paralegal students are also provided with access to the online Citation Labs that help them learn, step by step, how to create valid citations.

Pleadings and Discovery

  • Pleading Preparation
    Students will study pleadings and will prepare a complaint as well as a summons.
  • Discovery Preparation
    Students will be taught to create sets of Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, and Request for Production and Inspection of Documents.
  • Discovery Coordination
    Students will learn the rules relevant to discovery and will learn how to track both sent and received discovery documents.
  • Preparing for Depositions
    Students will study various considerations for deposition setup.
  • Deposition Digesting
    Students will be provided with a deposition transcript and will be taught to summarize that document.

Legal Research and Writing (Part 2)

  • Utilization of Legal Forms
    Students will learn to manipulate templates and utilize formbooks. To facilitate this process in an online environment, students have access to our very powerful Legal Writing Labs that provide interactive forms and eLectures (corresponding audio guidance). The Writing Labs are like having an instructor looking over your shoulder helping you with your assignments!
  • Authority Identification
    The class will learn to identify primary, secondary, mandatory, persuasive, and non-authority.
  • Legal Research Skills
    By using hands-on, interactive training devices, students will learn proper law library utilization: how to locate primary authority, how to use secondary sources, how to update research sources, how to validate authority using Shepard's, and how to utilize specific legal materials. Students will be trained in The Key Number System and the Total Client Service. In addition, students will be able to utilize the Legal Research Labs, including the Law Library Lab, Westlaw Lab, and Lexis Lab.
  • Duke University Paralegal students are provided with training and access to the law library, Westlaw, and Lexis.

Motion Practice

  • Motions, Notices, and Briefs
    Students will be introduced to various forms of motions and will be required to prepare a motion, notice, and brief.
  • File Maintenance
    Proper file maintenance is discussed. Students will be required to assemble all documents created in the class into a client file or evaluation.

The Legal Environment

The Law Office

  • Law Office Etiquette
    Students will learn how to properly present themselves in a law office environment, including dress considerations, telephone tips, and a discussion of office politics.
  • File Maintenance
    Students will learn how to create and maintain a client file.
  • Tickler and Calendaring Systems
    The class will discuss various forms of reminder systems for important due dates, and both hard-copy and computer-based calendaring methods.
  • Billable Hours
    Student will learn the importance of keeping track of billable hours.

Legal Ethics

  • ABA Rules of Ethics
    Students will become familiar with the ABA Rules that guide the ethical behavior of attorneys and will discuss how these rules affect paralegals in their day-to-day lives.
  • Law Office Ethics
    Students will be taught to maintain a high ethical standard. To facilitate the learning process, students will be presented with ethical scenarios and potential pitfalls to avoid.
  • Legal Advice
    The class will be instructed in rules preventing a paralegal from providing legal advice and will discuss what does and does not constitute such advice.
  • Legal Representation
    Students will discuss the rules restricting paralegal representation, and the class will be presented with exceptions to these rules.

State Courts

  • General State Court Structure
    Local and state trial and appellate courts will be discussed, including how to access filing procedures for specific courts. Since court structure is very similar from state to state, understanding the foundations of state court structure will be beneficial to students from any location.
  • Court Rules
    Students are taught the most frequently used court rules and are also taught the skills necessary for finding any rule for specific procedural questions. Accessing court rules is an almost universal process and students will be able to access court rules in whichever jurisdiction they reside.

Federal Courts

  • Government Structure
    Students will learn the structure of government and the laws that apply to each branch.
  • Federal Court Structure
    Students will be instructed in the basic differences between state and federal jurisdiction, as well as the federal trial and appellate jurisdictions. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will be introduced.

Legal Technology

  • Electronic Legal Research Skills
    Students will learn how to create computer queries in order to use Westlaw and Lexis.  Students will also be presented with individual access to LexisNexis online legal research.
  • Electronic Discovery
    Students will learn the procedures for exchanging discovery documents digitally.

Substantive Legal Studies - 144 hours

Choose two of four possible course offerings:

  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Organizations
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Certification

There are several national and state organizations offering optional certification exams for paralegals, including the state of North Carolina.  Paralegals do not need to be certified in order to be employed in the profession.

Note that the Duke Paralegal Online program is not considered a qualified program for the NC Paralegal Certification exam, as the NC State Bar does not recognize “online-only” formats of any program as qualified. Therefore, the graduate of an  online paralegal program is not eligible for the State of NC paralegal certification exam. 

Students may qualify for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) or the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) examinations.  Please visit their websites for more information:

NALA: https://www.nala.org/certification

NFPA: http://www.paralegals.org/default.asp?page=18

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Requirements

Eligibility

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess word processing and internet skills.
  • Have an email account and regular access to a computer.
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing).
  • All applicants are required to hold either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Upon notification of admission to the program, an official sealed transcript must be submitted. For degrees earned outside of the US, proof of equivalency to a US degree will need to be provided by World Education Services (WES) in place of a transcript. WES must be contacted directly by the applicant.
  • Upon notification of admission to the program, be able to pay the tuition fee in full. If a loan has been secured to pay tuition, Duke Continuing Studies must be notified that the loan has been approved.

Admission is discretionary. The office of Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Programs, requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.

Certificate requirements

The students are required to demonstrate a mastery of the material in each segment before progressing to the next. Mastery is documented through both writing assignments and the successful completion of online exams given for each segment. Additionally students must pass three comprehensive exams at the end of the Essential Skills portion of the program.  

Students are assigned an instructor who will communicate regularly with students, be available to answer questions, and help with any problems the student might encounter. The instructor will track the student's progress through the program, grade all work, and give final approval over program completion. Students who successfully complete the program will earn the Duke Paralegal Studies Certificate only with approval from their instructor.

Extensions

Students must complete the program within 12 months of the enrollment date. However, as a self-paced program, most students complete the coursework sooner than the 12 month deadline. Any student who wishes to be granted an extension beyond their 12 month completion date must submit a written request. Approval is at the full discretion of the Program Director. If approval is granted, the student will receive a one-time extension for 3 months and no further requests for an extension will be considered.

Completion Requirements

Students must achieve an 80% minimum score in the Essentials Skills portion of the program and 80% in each substantive areas of law. Because this is a non-credit program, students are not assigned a final grade in the course. Transcripts will be issued upon request with all course work marked either "complete" or "incomplete". A certificate will be mailed to students that complete all course work in accordance with the program policy and have paid their tuition in full.

Technical requirements

Students wishing to enroll in the program must have a computer (IBM Compatible PC or Apple Macintosh) with the following:

  • Internet Access
  • Internet Browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer)
  • E-mail
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Basic word processing skills
  • Microsoft Office Word
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Application Process

Individuals interested in the Duke Online Global Paralegal Certificate Program must submit an application to be considered for admission. The application process consists of completing the initial application form, payment of a nonrefundable $25 application fee, and the submission of additional supplemental documentation. Supplemental documentation includes a reference letter, current resume, and a signed Program Policy.

Please see below an overview of the application process:

  • Submit an application and pay the application fee of $25. Please note that submission of an application and payment of an application fee does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • All applicants must complete the Duke Continuing Studies electronic application. No other form of the application will be accepted.
  • Once an application is received by the Program Office, the applicant will receive an email confirming receipt by within 3 business weekdays (not including holidays).
  • All applicants will receive a Program Policy via mail. The Program Policy must be reviewed, signed, and returned to the Program Office before an applicant is considered for admission.
  • Applicants will be notified of their admission status within seven business weekdays (not including holidays) from the date their application was electronically submitted and all supplemental documents are received.
  • Prior to receiving their login information and beginning their studies, all admitted applicants must pay their tuition in full or the Duke Continuing Studies office be notified that their loan has been approved.

How to Apply
Please see below steps that you should take prior to completing your application.

  1. Complete the Test Drive on the student web site or request a recording of an Information Session webinar by emailing paralegalonline@duke.edu .
  2. Read the Payment Information and Refund Policy below.
  3. Apply online using our secure electronic application.

Application questions? 866-EDU-DUKE (383-3853) or 919-684-3379

The green 'Apply' button in the right-hand colum takes you to the required electronic application. If you are a new user, you will be guided to create a profile. After filling out your profile and the application, when you are prompted to pay the application fee, check the email account that you entered for your profile to access messages containing your username and password.

Once a student has an approved application on file, they can register and pay tuition at any time.  Students will receive access to their coursework within 5 business days of registration and full tuition payment.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the curriculum designed only for residents of the State of North Carolina?

No. The Duke Paralegal Online Program was designed with a national audience in mind. While the classroom-based program and the online program share a similar curriculum, the online program does not focus on North Carolina laws or procedures, but uses examples from a variety of different states. The skills and knowledge that you will acquire during the program will be transferable to any paralegal position in the United States. As well, the program is housed entirely online, so students can complete the program from anywhere in the world.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Students have up to one year to complete the program from their start date. However, since the program is entirely student-driven, students can complete the program as quickly as they wish. Some students finish the program in just 5-6 months, while others take the entire year. It’s up to you!

How is the program designed?

The program is comprised of two main parts, Essential Skills and Substantive courses. Students first complete the six-part Essential Skills portion of the program. Upon successful completion of the Essential Skills portion, students choose two of four substantive courses to complete. When all course work is successfully complete, your instructor will notify the program director and you will be sent a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Duke University’s Office of Continuing Studies.

What happens if I don’t complete the program in one year?

While one year is a sufficient amount of time to complete the program, some students do not complete the program by their deadline. If students need an extension, they must submit a written request to the Program Director for approval. Approval is at the full discretion of the Program Director. If approval is granted, the student will receive a one-time extension for three months and no further requests for an extension will be considered.

When can I enroll?

The Duke Online Global Paralegal Program accepts applications throughout the year except between June 24 and June 30 due to the close of the fiscal year. There is no specific application period, but there is an application process that is discussed further in the Application Process section.

What are the application requirements?

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess word processing and internet skills.
  • Have an email account and regular access to a computer.
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing).
  • All applicants are required to hold either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Upon notification of admission to the program, an official sealed transcript must be submitted. For degrees earned outside of the US, proof of equivalency to a US degree will need to be provided by World Education Services (WES) in place of a transcript. WES must be contacted directly by the applicant.
  • Upon notification of admission to the program, be able to pay the tuition fee in full. If a loan has been secured to pay tuition, Duke Continuing Studies must be notified that the loan has been approved.

What is the amount of tuition for the program?

The online paralegal program tuition fee is $6,995. Books are not included in the tuition and are an additional $500- $625.

Do I pay Duke Continuing Studies for my books?

No. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books. A booklist is available upon registration.

Do I have to pay tuition all at once?

Yes. Tuition is due in full at the time of registration.

Is financial aid available?

There are a number of different options available for funding. As a non-credit/non-degree program, students cannot use federal financial aid. However, Duke Continuing Studies accepts Continuing Education student loans. For more information, look to the Tuition and Funding Sources section below. Please be advised that the online program is NOT approved for the use of VA benefits.

Should I include the cost of books with my tuition when applying for a loan?

No. Since we do not include books in the tuition, Duke Continuing Studies can only certify (approve) the exact amount of the tuition. Any loan amount in excess of the tuition will not be certified.

Can I apply for federal funding or FAFSA?

No. The Duke Paralegal Certificate Program is non-credit (not applicable toward a degree) and therefore NOT eligible for federal education loans. Please do not submit FAFSA forms for this program.

Does Duke University provide a 1098-T form for tax credit for tuition?

No. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, state “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

What is your refund policy?

We do not offer refunds to students for the online program.

Can I use this program for university credit elsewhere?

No. The Duke Paralegal Certificate Program is a professional non-credit program, which will award you a post-baccalaureate certificate. There are no college credits associated with this certificate program. Therefore, the status of "complete" or "incomplete" are the only notations on the permanent student record.

What will my certificate look like?

Upon successful completion of the program, your instructor will notify the program director. The program director will order your certificate and have it forwarded to you. You will receive a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Duke University Continuing Studies and it will not specify that you completed the program online.

Can I take individual classes?

No. The Online Paralegal Certificate Program must be taken in its entirety. While it is divided into two main parts, Essential Skills and substantives, when students enroll in the program, they are enrolling in the entire program and must complete both parts in order to earn the certificate. Students will have the opportunity to choose the two substantive classes that they wish to complete.

If I take the online program, am I eligible to take the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification (NCCP) exam?

No. Our classroom-based program is NC State Bar approved, but our online program is not. This is because the NC State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification does not approve any online paralegal programs. Since this is an optional exam, it will not affect your ability to work as a paralegal in the state of North Carolina or anywhere else in the United States. Please note that there are national paralegal exams that you may qualify for upon completing the program and earning your certificate.

Will I be able to get a job after completing the program?

Duke Continuing Studies does not offer job placement, job searching, or career services assistance. While we do our best to prepare students for the job market, it is ultimately incumbent upon students to find their own employment upon completion of the program. In addition, you will have a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from one of the top ten universities in the nation. Duke University stands for excellence in education, so law firms all over the U.S. will know you are a well-trained paralegal.

Is your program ABA approved?

The Duke Paralegal Certificate Program has chosen not to pursue ABA approval, as is the case with the majority of paralegal programs. Of the approximately 1,000 paralegal programs nationwide, 267 are ABA approved (The Directory of ABA Approved Paralegal Programs, June 2014). The ABA does not formally “accredit” any paralegal program, but for a fee, the organization will approve programs that meet certain standards. Duke University is ranked in the top ten in the nation, and students can be assured that when attending the Paralegal Program at Duke, they will be receiving an education that meets Duke’s high academic standards.

Will I have an instructor?

Each student will be assigned an U.S. instructor, licensed attorney, at the beginning of the program. Students will communicate with their instructor via email or phone and the instructor will mark assignments, answer questions, and track the student’s progress through the program.

What kind of research tools will I receive access to?

All online students receive access to and training on both Westlaw and Lexis during the program. Since these are the two main research databases used by most law firms, students will be well trained and comfortable with both databases by the end of the program. There are tutorials and labs that will assist students with both Lexis and Westlaw research assignments.

 

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Instructors

Tammi Clearfield 

Tammi Clearfield is an accomplished attorney who has been practicing law for over fifteen years.  Mrs. Clearfield has instructed at the higher education level for over twelve years in both the on ground and online settings at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas of legal studies, criminal justice, human resources, ethics and business law.   In addition to teaching, Mrs. Clearfield has extensive course development experience in the areas of legal studies and criminal justice higher education.  Mrs. Clearfield was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995 and is also admitted to practice before the Southern District in the US District Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Clearfield is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, a Registered Investigator and a Certified Forensic Consultant.

Margaret Pickard, J.D. 

Margaret Pickard is an attorney, educator, and author. She is admitted to practice law in California, Montana, and before the U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit.  She sat as a Special Master over domestic violence cases in the Juneau, Alaska Superior Courts and later served as a family court mediator and guardian ad litem.  She developed a successful civil practice in Missoula, Montana, before joining the faculty of the University of Montana, where she taught family law and business organizations.  She is currently a faculty member of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and serves as a consultant for the Institute of Career Development, facilitating its online paralegal programs.  She is a guest lecturer at universities and civic organizations across the country, offering courses on business organizations, job strategies as well as parenting seminars.  She is the author of Business Organizations for Paralegals (West Legal Studies, 2001), Divorce and the Unbroken Circle of Love (Cedar Fort, 2006), Job Strategies for Paralegals (West Legal Studies, 2007), as well as numerous privately published materials.

Stefanie V. Plaumann, Esq.

Stefanie V. Plaumann has been practicing law in New York federal and state courts for over 15 years. She spent her early career representing federal defendants in complex criminal matters, including federal death penalty cases. For the past ten years, she has focused on a combination of federal criminal defense and commercial litigation. She is a savvy litigator with a love of writing, research and crafting innovative arguments in support of her clients. She has been teaching at the higher education level in both the classroom and online settings for over seven years, with primary areas of teaching emphasis in Criminal Law, Tort Law and Legal Writing and Research. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2001 and is also admitted to practice in the US District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. For the past six years, she has also served as Paralegal Program Coordinator for multiple nationally recognized schools working with both online and campus students around the country.

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Tuition & Funding Sources

Tuition

$6995

Tuition must be paid in full prior to beginning the program. The tuition for the program is $6,995. Books are not included in the tuition and are an additional $500 - $625. There are funding options available listed below.

Funding Sources

Our Professional Certificate programs are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal education loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Some of our programs may offer payment plans. Please see individual program web pages for those details.

No loans (Wells Fargo Graduate loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Undergraduate loan, etc.) can be construed to imply any degree-seeking status for students of Duke Continuing studies. Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-credit.

Duke Continuing Studies (DCS) will not certify (approve) loan amounts greater than the amount of the tuition regardless of the amount approved by the lending agency. DCS reserves the right to reject any loan which exceeds the tuition amount. DCS will not be responsible for refunding monies in excess of the tuition. Students needing to secure loan funding for books or other items in relation to the program are responsible for making separate loan arrangements with the funding agency. No loan funds will be refunded to the student.

Should a student choose to borrow less than the tuition amount, the balance must be paid prior to the close of the registration period.

Please note that DCS will not certify amounts that include separate fees for books, materials, etc.  Should you choose to borrow less than the amount of the program, you are responsible for paying the balance prior to the program start date.

Loan Options

Your local bank may offer other options for loans or a "line of credit" service. Contact your bank for more information on financing choices.

Other Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan

To apply for this private student loan, visit Sallie Mae’s website, select the Undergraduate Student Loan and then click Apply Now.   The following application should populate with the pertinent information for Duke Continuing Studies.

Wells Fargo Graduate Loan

To apply for this loan, visit Wells Fargo. Duke Continuing Studies will be required to certify your loan application for the Graduate Loan should you be approved by Wells Fargo.

You will need to enter the following information after clicking on Apply Now in the Before Starting Your Application section:

  • Find a loan for: Graduate School Expenses
  • I am a: Student
  • School state: North Carolina
  • School name: please type Duke University Continuing Education
  • Grade Level: Beyond 3rd Year Graduate
  • Field of Study: Undecided or select Other and type in the field of study
  • Citizenship: Select as appropriate

Duke Hospital Employees

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars. For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.

Workforce Investment Act

The WIA provides professional and basic skills training services to those who have been unable to find employment. Please keep in mind that this process can be lengthy, so plan to apply well in advance of the program start date.  For more information on eligibility, the application process, or to find your local Workforce Development Board, visit the NC JobLink Career Center website.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.

Additional Funding Sources

Duke Hospital Employees:

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars.  For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time.  Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

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Policies & Procedures

There are no refunds for the Online Paralegal Program. Admission is discretionary. Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Program requires students to be at least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of an applicant or enrolled student.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

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