WOL-201: Legal Research and Writing

Duration: 4 Weeks
Credits: 2 Credits (84 Clock Hours)



Perhaps the most important skills of any paralegal are writing, analysis, and legal research. A skilled writer is an extremely valuable asset to any law office. This workshop-style course is designed to hone the student's writing and thinking skills by concentrating on basic principles of legal writing and analysis. Students learn to use powerful research tools, including online facilities from Westlaw and traditional book-based methods. Students prepare a variety of legal documents and research various issues. Results are reviewed by the instructor and other students in an online setting. This is one of the great advantages of online learning: the fostering of a community where students can easily share their work product and ideas with their fellow students.

Course Syllabus (click to view)


Earn Your Certificate Online

Upon completion of this individual course, students will be awarded a certificate from the The Washington Online Learning Institute.

Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence.

This certificate is valid in all 50 States.


Course Format: Instructor Led Online Course

Students are required to complete weekly reading assignments both from the textbook and other supplemental materials. Students must also participate in discussions with the course instructor and fellow students. Discussion forums are provided in the WOLI online classroom.

Online tests are conducted at the end of each course.

Students are not required to attend any scheduled class meetings. Log in at your convenience to attend school.


Fully Accredited Online School

WOLI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) Commission on Secondary Schools, one of the most prestigious accrediting agencies in the United States.