The undergraduate certificate in Paralegal Studies focuses on legal terminology, research, writing, legal theory, and legal concepts. Employers such as law firms, businesses with legal departments, government agencies, and nonprofits require skilled employees with legal expertise, critical thinking skills, and analytical skills. Knowledge gained in this program is useful in professions requiring an understanding of law and the court system. This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their paralegal skills without committing to a degree program.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply legal research methods and techniques that are used in the practice of law.
  • Develop skills in legal reasoning, identifying and effectively using legal resources, and writing legal documents.
  • Evaluate the importance of secondary sources in legal research.
  • Describe the primary rules and sources and roles of each in legal research.
  • Distinguish how advice, persuasion, and advocacy enter into legal research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and function of the law and the application of critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Comprehend and describe what a paralegal is and how one fits into the legal system.

Certificate Requirements (24 semester hours)

LSTD100Introduction to Law for Paralegals3
LSTD201Litigation3
LSTD202Real Estate Law3
LSTD203Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal3
LSTD205Legal Research and Writing3
LSTD207Civil Practice and Procedure3
LSTD210Legal Ethics3
LSTD300Administrative Law and Policy3
Total Semester Hours24