Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Paralegal Certificate

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The University Studies’ American Bar Association–approved Paralegal Certificate program is designed to help paralegal students meet the requirements of potential employers. Upon completion of the program, students who have met the admission standards and have successfully completed the course work will be awarded a certificate. Admission to the certificate program is open only to those with a minimum of 60 earned college credits, at least 30 of which are in the liberal arts. This program is not designed to prepare students for law school.

Note: Each required Paralegal Certificate course must be passed with a C (2.0) or better to count toward the certificate.

Additional Information:

Students who have completed any of the required courses at an approved institution may select alternate paralegal studies courses to total 19 credits.

Two courses from at least two of the following four cores and one course from a core or elective group, for a total of 9 credits, must be selected.

Core 1: Civil Litigation

  • Civil Litigation I*
  • Civil Litigation II
  • Personal Injury Law

Core 2: Business/Corporate/Real Estate

  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Title Search

Core 3: Estate Administration/Probate

  • Probate Practice

Core 4: Healthcare/Regulatory Law

  • Administrative Practice and Procedure
  • Healthcare Law

Elective Group (among courses offered)

  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Internship*
  • Legal Research and Writing II
  • Pension and Employee Benefits
  • Taxation
  • Workouts, Foreclosures, and Bankruptcy


A total of at least 19 academic credits must be earned.

*Strongly recommended

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