Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
Arbitrate, negotiate, investigate and interview. Learn it all in the Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies. As a member of a legal team, the paralegal must master the professional terms, proceedings and background of the American legal system. The paralegal studies certificate program will prepare students for a career as a paralegal, as well as provide the educational foundation that assists paralegals in becoming ethical, professional, and effective members of a legal services delivery team. Courses are offered in ethics, torts, writing and research and specialized fields: immigration, environmental, criminal, wills and probate law.
AUDIENCE: The certificate program is suited for individuals who want to upgrade their skills, enhance their careers or start a new one. This program builds on skills developed in non-legal fields, to provide a better understanding of the legal system.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:
- Articulate the framework of the state and federal court systems.
- Develop a working knowledge of the law and its impact on the legal system and society.
- Communicate effectively and professionally in both oral and written forms.
- Read critically and use written material to support logical reasoning and problem-solving.
- Conduct legal research using a variety of resources, such as publications, computer software, and online research.
- Draft and organize legal documents, pleadings, motions and other correspondence typically assigned to paralegals
- Analyze and ethically solve legal problems and synthesize legal concepts
- Apply the principles of appropriate professional standards and ethics.
- Assist with case management.
This program consists of five required courses and completion of nine elective courses, consisting of 30 credit hours.
(complete 13 credits):
(No more than 4 credits of the following may be used toward elective requirements):