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Our Paralegal Certificate program can help you gain the credentials needed to enter the paralegal profession, or it can be used as a helpful step toward law school admission. Undergraduate students may choose to take the program as a minor. The program, taught by experienced attorneys and paralegals, offers the fundamentals in legal principles, writing and research, and emphasizes professional responsibility and ethics.
See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements.
Paralegals perform a variety of tasks in the legal profession. They aid lawyers to prepare for closings, hearings, and trials. Paralegals often conduct research and interviews to discover facts, laws, judicial decisions, and published articles relevant to cases. Paralegals analyze materials and then create reports that attorneys utilize in law suits. These reports can assist in the preparation of legal arguments, pleadings, affidavits and motions filed with the court.
Paralegals assist in the drafting of contracts, mortgages, divorce decrees, alimony, child support, adoption, wills, tax returns, trust funds and estate planning. Paralegals frequently create and maintain client and office files. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot perform certain duties, such as arguing cases in court, offer legal advice and establishing legal fees.
In addition to law offices, paralegals can find employment in insurance companies, retail firms, banks, corporations, non-profit organizations and government offices. Paralegals are projected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be in high demand through the remainder of the decade. Money magazine ranked corporate paralegal as 36th among its ‘Top 50 Jobs’ in the US. The list is compiled of work that ‘is enjoyable, pays well and will still be around 10 years from now’.
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