Paralegal

at Saint Francis University

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    About the Paralegal Program

    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.

    Program Highlights

    • Small class size allows individualized instruction.
    • Faculty members are experienced attorneys and paralegals.
    • Practical & rigorous courses make up the 24-credit program.
    • Core curriculum offers fundamental skills in legal principles, writing and research
    • Program emphasis upon professional responsibility and ethics.
    • Elective specialty courses
    • Student access to West Law Paralegal Premier Library

    Program Options

    Graduate-Level Certificate Program

    • Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate - This 24-credit, 8-course certificate program is perfect for those who have completed an undergraduate degree, and are looking to add professional credentials to strengthen their career path. You can take courses in the evening and a full-time student will be able to complete the program in one year.  Program adheres to undergraduate calendar and course policies.

    Minor

    • Paralegal Minor - Undergraduate students can choose to pair this certificate option with their program of study to earn a paralegal minor.

    Is Paralegal for You?

    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 con-tracts, 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.

    Career Opportunities

    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 amongst 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’.

     

    Application Materials

    • Application
    • $30 non-refundable application fee made payable to Saint Francis University
    • Two academic/professional letters of recommendation
    • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. If GPA is <3.0 applicant may receive provisional acceptance until a GPA of 3.0 or higher is maintained after completing 12 or more credits of post-baccalaureate coursework.
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate course work completed.
    • resume
    • Sample of written work (500 word minimum).
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