Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Empowering and equipping you with the knowledge and skills fundamental to the paralegal profession in both the private and public sectors.

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Work with the law to make a difference.

The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program's objectives emphasize ethics, critical thinking, legal research, legal writing and verbal communication, strategic problem-solving, and other applied skills necessary for navigating today's legal environment.

Quick Facts

Credits 21
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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

Paralegals work in many areas of the law under the supervision of attorneys in private law firms, businesses, governmental agencies, public interest and legal aid organizations, various organizational corporate law departments. They perform a wide variety of legal tasks, such as interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal pleadings and memoranda, assisting in pretrial and trial preparation and proceedings, performing legal research,  preparing various legal documents, and analyzing complex transactions and procedures.

  • This program is partially online. Classes are offered in traditional (face-to-face) and online formats. At least 10 credits of legal specialty courses must be taken in the traditional format.
  • Completion of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program requires (1) completing a bachelor's degree in any Concordia-approved discipline and (2) the completion of 21 credits as described below with a minimum grade of "C" in each paralegal course.
  • Although this program is specifically designed for the education of paralegals, the knowledge and skills gained through this program will benefit students interested in law school and other areas of private and public sectors, such as the criminal justice system, civil rights, business, social work, health care professions, insurance, and real estate.
What to Expect

Students in this program will be empowered with ethical reasoning, critical thinking, legal research, legal writing and verbal communication, strategic problem-solving, and other applied skills necessary for navigating today's legal environment.

At least ten credits of legal specialty courses must be completed in a traditional (face-to-face) format.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as expressly permitted by law.

Locations

In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has nine center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work.

  • Mequon
  • Online

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