Paralegal Certificate

In today's market, there is increased emphasis on hiring paralegals for a variety of legal and law-related settings. Our Paralegal Certificate Program has a strong reputation as a leader in providing paralegal professionals to the legal community. This certificate will provide you with foundational and substantive legal knowledge and practical paralegal skill development. In addition, developing strong and wide-ranging competencies in areas such as written and verbal communication and critical-thinking can boost your success in any setting. 

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.

Requirements

Students who enroll in the Paralegal Certificate Program must complete 30 credits of the required courses listed below. Students must also earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in certificate courses. 

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 223 - Family Law (2)
  • LSTU 224 - Personal Injury Litigation (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)

Contact Information 

For more information on this certificate, please contact Danielle Fagen.