Paralegal Certificate

This concentrated certificate program is designed to provide students with a basic foundation of skills and knowledge needed to seek employment as a paralegal. The program’s curriculum requires completion of a combination of legal specialty, business, and liberal arts courses. Legal specialty courses emphasize the role of the paralegal in dealing with clients, documents, and procedures, while working under the supervision of an attorney. Credits earned in this program may be applied to the Paralegal Associate in Applied Science degree program.

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
GOV 151 Introduction To Law 3
BUS 103 Keyboarding for Information Processing 1
BUS 112 Introduction to Microsoft Word 2
PAL 100 Paralegal Introductory Seminar 1
PAL 110 Fundamentals of Paralegalism 3
PAL 120 Legal Research 3
TOTAL   16

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BUS 101 or Business Mathematics OR  
BUS 210 Business Communications 3
Paralegal Electives--select four from: BUS 215, CRJ 265, PAL 210, PAL 220, PAL 230, PAL 240, PAL 250 12
BHS 103 OR Social Problems in Today's World OR  
GOV 222 State and Local Government 3
TOTAL   18
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 34