What is the Paralegal Certificate Program?

The Paralegal Certificate Program is offered through Continuing Education/Extension. The program consists of 30 credits of coursework in a variety of paralegal areas of theory and practice. Paralegals "have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney," according to the National Association of Legal Assistants. This certificate will prepare you to work as a paralegal, legal assistant, office support staff member in law firms, government agencies, private business or non-profit organizations. 

What if I began working on my Paralegal Certificate prior to Fall of 2005?

Students who began working on the Paralegal Certificate prior to Fall 2005 will follow the previous requirements as laid out in the 2004-2006 UW-Superior Catalog. Students should speak with Dr. Maria Cuzzo at 715-394-8482 regarding their progress toward the certificate. Students who are completing a four-year degree may also create an individualized minor that involves paralegal coursework under appropriate circumstances. 

Will I be a licensed paralegal after completing the program?

No. To become a licensed paralegal, one must apply to the Paralegal Licensing Board in the state you plan to practice, if such a Board exists. Wisconsin and Minnesota do not require licensure for paralegals so you can practice as either a paralegal or legal assistant in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. 

How do I enroll in the credit classes each semester?

There are several ways to register for Paralegal classes:

1) Currently admitted UW-Superior students register for classes as they would for their other classes during registration week.

2) If you are not currently enrolled as a student at the university, please contact Lisa Mattsson, the Paralegal Certificate Program Coordinator, at 715-394-8033 for enrollment information.