Our university is a premiere online university offering career-relevant education for working adults preparing to meet paraprofessional qualifications in the field of law.
The university offers its Undergraduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies for professionals seeking career-relevant education in legal administration. This law-based degree is completed entirely online, allowing working adults the flexibility to fit an undergraduate certificate into their busy lives. This unique certificate program provides a foundational education and attracts working adults in the general field of law, administration or legal support services.
Students examine a broad range of relevant functions utilized in the modern law firm with a focus on attorney-paralegal communication, research, investigation, trial preparation, legal document drafting and office management. Students gain a foundation in legal research, terminology and writing in addition to U.S. legal theory and concepts.
The university partners with industry advisory councils to verify that the Paralegal Studies curriculum aligns with market needs and instructs students based on current and emerging standards. The Undergraduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies program is taught by practitioner-instructors. Many are experts in the legal field who share their extensive knowledge and practical experiences in the online classroom.
Note: While paralegals perform many of the same tasks as lawyers, they are prohibited from carrying out duties considered to be the practice of law, such as setting legal fees, giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.
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