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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies

If you previously earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and are seeking to advance in your existing career, retool for the next phase of life, or prepare for law school, our nine-course (27 credit) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Paralegal Studies provides an excellent path to your goal. Our Paralegal Studies PBC 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 legal employers demand.

The Paralegal Studies PBC curriculum focuses solely upon legal skills and substantive law courses, culminating in the practicum course, in which students complete a 100-hour internship in a law office and develop job search skills in the classroom. Most students finish the PBC and embark upon their new careers within one year.

All courses are taught by practicing attorneys and paralegals, who offer our students the benefit of their real-world legal experience and immediate access to the professional networks that enhance career success. Thanks to the long history and the success of our alumni, the program enjoys broad support in the local legal community, giving graduates access to a robust network of potential employers.

Paralegals are trained professionals who work under the supervision of licensed attorneys. Paralegals are not lawyers and are not permitted to practice law or to provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Certificate Requirements

GLSP 2010 Introduction to the Legal System 3
GLSP 3020 Legal Research 3
GLSP 3030 Legal Writing* 3
GLSP 3050 Litigation I 3
GLSP 3060 Litigation II* 3
GLSP 3070 Legal Technology** 3
  Two Paralegal Courses 4000+ level (taken only after the completion of the Paralegal courses above) 6
GLSP 5900 General Legal Studies Practicum (final semester, includes 100-hour internship requirement and classroom component) 3
  Total 27


* preceding course is a prerequisite

** prerequisite: CPST 1000 Intro to Microcomputers or director approval