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Curriculum

In order to earn the paralegal certificate, a student must take five required courses, three paralegal electives, the internship, the one-day legal ethics seminar, and court day. Students must also take an Intro to Word or Mastering Word course or test out of it.  Using Computers in the Law office (an elective) fulfills the requirement for the Word class.  The required courses, each of which is offered during every fall and spring semester, are as follows:

  • Principles of Paralegal Studies  (also offered in summer) 
  • Legal Research 
  • Legal Case Analysis
  • Civil Litigation I 
  • The Practicing Paralegal 
  • Internship  (also offered in summer)
  • Legal Ethics Seminar  (one offering in spring and fall only)
  • Court Day (two offerings each spring and fall)
  • Introduction to Word or Mastering Word (or equivalent knowledge)

Students choose three electives from the following list. The electives are offered on a rotating basis at the discretion of the program, unless otherwise indicated. Two electives are offered in the summer semester; and at least 3 or 4 electives are offering in spring and fall semesters. 


  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Organizations 
  • Civil Litigation II  (offered in fall semester)
  • Contract Law 
  • Criminal Law & Procedures 
  • Electronic Trial Presentation (Trial Director and other presentation software) 
  • Employment Law 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure  (offered in spring semester)
  • Intellectual Property 
  • Legal Investigation & Interviewing Skills 
  • Legal Writing 
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Technology Tools for Paralegals (Summation) 
  •  Using Computers in the Law Office (This elective satisfies the requirement for Intro to Word, if taken)
  • Wills, Successions & Inheritance