Paralegal Studies Certificate

Curriculum BUS.PAR.CERT (C510A)

(Total Program Credits: 31)

The Paralegal Studies Certificate prepares students for entry-level (non-attorney) legal positions. The scope of the certificate encompasses various legal specialties so that after completing this program students are prepared for a variety of legal positions whether in a law firm, corporation or governmental agency. In addition to being able to discuss and describe the various legal specialties, students obtain the research and writing skills necessary for legal work.  Students are exposed to various legal software programs used in handling cases and will apply their classroom learning through a required internship. In order to be eligible for this program, a student must have previously earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree.

Upon successful completion of the Paralegal Studies Certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • describe how a law office is organized and works;
  • practice the skills necessary to support an attorney in any legal matter;
  • describe all phases of a lawsuit;
  • develop a strategy to investigate a claim and obtain information regarding the claim;
  • explain the elements of a tort/personal injury claim;
  • explain what is needed to create an enforceable contract; and
  • analyze methods by which they may best present themselves to potential employers and obtain legal positions.

(Fall 2021)

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUS 107Microsoft Office in Business Applications

3 credits

PAR 101Introduction to Paralegal Studies

3 credits

PAR 110Drafting Legal Documents

3 credits

PAR 120Civil Litigation

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
PAR 140Introduction to Legal Research and Writing #

3 credits

PAR 150Contract Law #

3 credits

PAR 201Personal Injury, Tort and Insurance Law #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Semester Three

Course NumberTitleCredits
PAR 160Legal Ethics and Law Office Organization #

3 credits

PAR 170Evidence and Investigations #

2 credits

PAR 210Law Office Technology #

3 credits

PAR 220Paralegal Assessment/Internship #

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

See PAR course descriptions.

Chairperson: Dr. William M. Griffin, Ext. 3579