Paralegal Studies Certificate

Curriculum Code: 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

(Spring 2022)

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUS 107Microsoft Office in Business Applications


PAR 101Introduction to Paralegal Studies


PAR 110Drafting Legal Documents


PAR 120Civil Litigation


Total Credit Hours:12

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
PAR 140Introduction to Legal Research and Writing #


PAR 150Contract Law #


PAR 201Personal Injury, Tort and Insurance Law #


Total Credit Hours:9

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
PAR 160Legal Ethics and Law Office Organization #


PAR 170Evidence and Investigations #


PAR 210Law Office Technology #


PAR 220Paralegal Assessment/Internship #


Total Credit Hours:10

See PAR course descriptions.

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