Students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree in another field and want to retool for a more fulfilling career may look to the nine-course Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies. The certificate in Paralegal Studies has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Paralegals since 1981; its curriculum reflects the rigor and quality that ABA requires and employers of legal personnel value. All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, giving students the benefit of real-world legal experience and immediate access to the professional networks that enhance career success. In addition to acquiring substantive knowledge in the classroom, students in their last semester gain practical experience through a 100-hour internship in a law firm or other legal office.
Thanks to the long history and the success of its alumni, the program has broad support among employers.
Paralegals are not lawyers and may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Under the supervision of lawyers, these highly trained professionals perform a variety of important functions in many legal arenas.
|PARA 2010 Introduction to Paralegal Studies||3|
|PARA 3020 Legal Research||3|
|PARA 3030 Legal Writing*||3|
|PARA 3050 Litigation I||3|
|PARA 3060 Litigation II*||3|
|PARA 3070 Computers in the Law Firm**||3|
|Two Paralegal Courses 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above)||6|
|PARA 5900 Paralegal Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement)||3|
* Preceding course is a prerequisite
** Prerequisite: CPST 1000 Intro to Microcomputers or director approval