Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Description and Outcomes
If you already possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and want to enter the paralegal profession, consider the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program. This certificate program is designed to increase your knowledge of the paralegal profession and provide you with the foundational coursework to prepare to become a paralegal. Courses teach you how to communicate effectively in a legal environment, conduct legal research, and evaluate legal sources. In addition, you will apply learned concepts to relevant legal arguments and examine ethics in legal environments.
The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on your choice of elective. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.
- Communications: Communicate effectively in legal environments.
- Ethics: Apply ethical decision making to paralegal practice.
- Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to paralegal practice situations.
- Practice: Analyze theoretical and practical concepts in areas of legal specialization.
- Legal Research: Conduct legal research.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements.
By the end of the first term, you must furnish an official transcript indicating receipt of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Refer to the First-Term Responsibilities section for additional information.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Grid to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
|LS100||Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession||5|
|LS204||Legal Research and Writing 1||5|
|PA201||Introduction to Legal Research||5|
|PA305||Law Office Management||6|
|Select one of the following:||5 or 6|
|Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning|
|Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law|
|Real Estate Law|
|Total Major Requirements||36-37|
The prerequisite CM220 College Composition II is waived for Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate Students.
The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.