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Paralegal Certificate Program

Your First Step to Becoming a Paralegal

The Paralegal Certificate program is designed to provide students with an affordable and accessible path to becoming a paralegal. This program is streamlined to provide education in the most employable and demanding areas of the law, while still offering the essential paralegal courses of study. Certificates may be earned in only 6 months by attending morning classes or 8 months in the evening taking paralegal classes online.

The Paralegal Certificate program is 24 semester credit hours.

Already have a college degree? This program is perfect for you. Our paralegal certificate complements your degree and experience with essential paralegal skills needed to work with confidence in some of the most employable and interesting areas of law.

If you are working towards your first college degree, the Paralegal Certificate can be transferred into our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies which provides a more comprehensive preparation for a paralegal career.

Required Paralegal Specialty Courses

(18 Semester Credit Hours)

  • Introduction to Law and Ethics
  • Interviewing and Investigation
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Procedure
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Computers and the Law

Elective Paralegal Specialty Courses

Select 2 (6 Semester Credit Hours)

  • Personal Injury
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Civil Procedure

Students without a previous college degree are strongly encouraged to continue to the A.A.S. Degree program. All credits earned in the paralegal certificate will transfer and reduce the cost of the degree program accordingly. 

Paralegal Certificate Tuition and Fees

Tuition (24 semester hours)
Registration Fee
Textbooks and Materials
Student e-Services

*Previous college credit may be submitted and reviewed for transfer. 

Each individual student has different needs and concerns. With over 30 years of experience, our financial services department understands this and can assist you in developing a customized plan that works for you.

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