The Paralegal Certificate Program consists of 30 credits of coursework in a variety of areas of paralegal theory and practice. The American Bar Association defines a paralegal as "a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."
This certificate program will prepare you to work as a paralegal, legal assistant, and office support staff member in law firms, government agencies, private business or non-profit organizations. To successfully complete this certificate, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each certificate course. Upon successful completion, the Paralegal Certificate will be listed on the official university transcript.
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.
Most students complete the Paralegal Certificate Program within two years. You are free to work on your certificate on a part time basis. Many of the classes are offered in the evening to allow you flexibility in taking courses while working.