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Paralegal Certificate

The Paralegal Certificate Program is designed for students seeking employment in law firms, government agencies, for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations. It is an excellent option for students seeking to fast-track their training and for those wishing to supplement a traditional bachelor’s degree. Through instruction in foundations of law, criminal law, legal research and writing methods, and legal procedures, students enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate Program are equipped with the knowledge and training needed to enter into a meaningful legal career as administrative assistants, legal secretaries, legal assistants, and more.

Mission Statement
Supported by the Department of Legal Studies, and adhering to biblical morals and principles, the mission of the Paralegal Certificate Program is to prepare students for a variety of law-related careers as administrative assistants, legal secretaries, legal assistants, and more.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Paralegal Certificate Program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the appropriate legal procedures applicable to a variety of civil and criminal controversies;
  2. Research and analyze the relationships among case facts, statutory law, case law, and constitutional principles involved in specific legal controversies;
  3. Advocate, in both written and oral communication, for a particular party in a legal controversy;
  4. Evaluate, in reference to both the historically contingent legal culture and the more transcendent principles of natural law, the arguments offered by competing sides in legal controversies.

The Paralegal Certificate Program requires the following courses:

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Love legal studies? Don’t miss our Legal Studies Major, or get in touch with our Legal Studies Department.

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Next Steps

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