The field of paralegal studies is growing. According to the American Bar Association, "The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy and availability of legal services." As a result, increased emphasis is being placed on the hiring of paralegals in a variety of legal and law-related settings.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Paralegal Certificate Program enjoys a strong reputation as a leader in providing paralegal professionals to the legal community.
Certificate Learning Objectives:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the law, including legal processes, reading and analyzing legal texts, legal research and writing, and criminal and civil legal systems.
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the field of paralegalism, such as assisting in trial preparation, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing comprehensive reports and letters, preparing discovery documents, and the ethical issues surrounding the profession.
- Apply legal foundational knowledge to real world settings through internship experiences.
Students who enroll in the University of Wisconsin-Superior Paralegal Certificate Program must complete a total of 30 credits (18 required core credits and 12 elective credits).
Required Core Courses (18 credits total):
- LSTU 115 - Law and Human Behavior (3)
- LSTU 117 - Paralegalism and Ethics (3) (Prerequisite: LSTU 115)
- LSTU 220 - Civil Procedure (3)
- LSTU 305 - Methods of Legal Research and Writing (3)
- LSTU 306 - Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation (3) (Prerequisite: LSTU 305)
- LSTU 485 - Internship Capstone Experience (3)
Electives (12 credits total):
3 Credits from Category 1 - Criminal Law
- LSTU 210 - Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
- LSTU 211 - Criminal Law (3)
- LSTU 212 - Managing Criminal Investigations (3)
6 Credits from Category 2 - Substantive Law
- LSTU 221 - Administrative Law (2)
- LSTU 222 - Estate Planning and Probate (2)
- LSTU 223 - Family Law (2)
- LSTU 224 - Personal Injury and workers' Compensation (2)
- LSTU 225 - Real Estate Law (2)
- LSTU 227 - Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Law (2)
- LSTU 228 - Contract Law (2)
3 Credits from Category 3 - Skills Development
- LSTU 261 - Contemporary Issues Law and Society (3)
- LSTU 268 - Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in certificate courses.
For more information on this certificate please contact Danielle Fagen.