Complete Your Paralegal Certificate in One Year
The part-time evening paralegal program was designed with flexibility in mind for students with full-time jobs or other commitments. Classes emphasize legal principles, theories, paralegal procedures and on the job practices. Interested individuals should apply to begin in the Fall Semester (beginning in late August) and follow the education track to complete the program in one year.
- Students can enter the program in the Fall semester (Late August).
- Applications are reviewed in advance as they are submitted.
- Classes are held 2 nights a week from 6pm to 9pm.
- Students are tracked to complete the program in one year.
- Completion of all 15 classes is required for graduation.
Course Fees & Schedule
Tuition is payable per semester or per course(s) at the beginning of each term. Per Course tuition rate is $480.
Books and parking are additional.
Registration, Billing/Payments and Cancellation Policy
Please know these dates are subject to change.
Fall 2017 Schedule:
About the Program
All courses emphasize paralegal skills, forms, documents and procedures, as well as legal principles and theories which are pertinent to the paralegal’s performance on the job. Core courses are designed to help students understand basic legal concepts and develop the decision-making abilities needed by paralegals. Specialty courses focus on high demand areas of employment and help students to develop and apply practical and immediately marketable paralegal skills. Each course will require the student to become well versed with all documents necessary to apply the legal knowledge learned, and be proficient in document preparation. Documents will include pleadings, interrogatories, contracts, corporation articles and by-laws, bankruptcy petitions, petitions for custody and child support, trial briefs and memorandums, deeds, agreements of sale, inheritance tax returns, and many others.
All students are required to take 9 core courses and 6 elective courses. The curriculum is pre-set each term.
In order to complete the program in one calendar year, a student should take the recommended or available courses as listed on the Academic Calendar/Course Schedule. This requires taking two courses per term. If exceptions are needed, the program administrator should be contacted upon acceptance and alternate arrangements discussed.
Required Core Courses
In order to to graduate from the program and receive a certificate, students must: complete all courses with a grade of “C” or above; complete an exit exam, exit questionnaire and submit a portfolio of written work.
- Introduction to the Paralegal Profession & Principles
- Civil Procedure and the Litigation Process
- Legal Research
- Legal Writing
- Contract Law
- Tort and Personal Injury Law
- Business Organizations
- Paralegal Office Coordination
Legal Speciality Courses
- Criminal Law
- Employment Law
- Estates & Trusts
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Real Estate Law