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Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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The Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association. A paralegal, as defined by the American Bar Association, is "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." The goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level paralegal positions in the common areas of law practice. Paralegals are nonlawyers and therefore are prohibited from the unauthorized practice of law. This program trains paralegals and is not a program for training lawyers or legal administrators.

Students in this post-baccalaureate certificate program are required to submit a paralegal portfolio at an exit interview with the program coordinator prior to certificate conferral. LEGS courses offered online require proctored exams at approved sites. The American Bar Association requires that a minimum of 12 credits of coursework be taken in a traditional, ground-based format (i.e., not online). This certificate program cannot be combined with any major or minor because it is a post-baccalaureate program. Students pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies are required to submit a paralegal portfolio at an exit interview with the program coordinator prior to conferral of certificate.

Students admitted to the Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program may transfer up to 12 credits of "legal specialty" courses taken at an American Bar Association approved program. A course considered for transfer must have been taken no longer than five years prior to entry into the Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, must be substantially similar to an existing NSU paralegal studies course, must have been passed with a grade of "C" or higher, and must be approved by the paralegal studies program coordinator.

Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Learning Outcomes:

A successful paralegal studies post-baccalaureate certificate graduate is expected to:

  1. Explain the basic theories, doctrines, concepts, and associated principles that comprise the knowledge base of law, with specific emphasis on torts, contracts, wills and trusts, civil procedure, litigation, family law, business organizations, real estate, and criminal law;
  2. Demonstrate basic legal research and critical thinking skills used to categorize, organize, prioritize, and evaluate legal issues;
  3. Prepare documents (e.g., memos, case briefs, correspondence, and pleadings) that meet professional legal standards.

Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Requirements (30 credits)

LEGS 1150 Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession (3 credits)
LEGS 2100 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
LEGS 2200 Computer Applications for the Legal Profession (3 credits)
LEGS 3050 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 credits)
LEGS 3260 Real Estate Practice I (3 credits)
LEGS 3300 Torts and Civil Litigation (3 credits)
LEGS 3360 Wills, Trusts, and Estates I (3 credits)
LEGS 3400 Business Relations and Organizations (3 credits)
LEGS 3550 Family Law (3 credits)
Any 4000-level LEGS course (3 credits)

Additional Information

Labor Statistics for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

2013-2014 Certificate Program Costs, Financing, and Success Information

Tuition and fees include:

  • New Student Application Fee = $50
  • Tuition $675 x 30 credits = $20,250
  • Registration Fee = $50
  • Student Service Fee = $600


The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.