Selective Program Instructions

Paralegal Certificate

This program introduces students to paralegal practice and procedures. Students develop paralegal skills and knowledge that enables them to assist lawyers in conducting research and in preparing legal documents. The certificate program focuses on legal courses, and is appropriate for someone who has already earned an associate or bachelor degree and is interested in furthering or changing careers.

Admissions Process

Bring all of the documentation listed below to the Office of Admissions, B-Building, Second Floor Lobby.

Prerequisite for Admission

The certificate program provides career education, professional skills and a credential for students with either an associate's or higher degree. Students with an associate degree must meet the general education requirements set by the American Bar Association, which are fulfilled by the AA and AS, but not an AAS degree.

Documents required for certificate application are:

  • Submission of a letter of interest
  • Submission of a professional resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • An on-site or telephone orientation meeting with the Coordinator of the Paralegal Program or Chair of the Department

Other documents required for application are:

  • Complete a Selective Admissions Program Application at Apply Now.
  • Proof of a completed Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree (official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

Unauthorized Practice of Law
*A paralegal certificate graduate may work as a paralegal only under the supervision of an attorney and is not authorized to engage in the practice of law. The ABA defines a paralegal or legal assistant as "a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible"

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