Legal Studies Institute

UNF's Paralegal Certificate Program not only focuses on the theoretical side of the law, but a practical look at legal careers in action. Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best job prospects. (  

Speedier adoption process reaches a milestone in Duval County  

Nov. 6, 2014 - Nancy Harrison, an adjunct law instructor in UNF's Division of Continuing Education and a family lawyer, tells The Florida Times-Union that privatization does speed the adoption process while keeping protections in place. 


Certificate programs offer learners new routes toward rewarding careers. For established professionals, certificates offer a practical means for strengthening the degrees they've already earned without taking on the hefty commitment of an additional full-blown degree program. And, for the career changer, certificates establish a foundation to break into new, lucrative lines of work without emptying their pockets to get there. (ClassesUSA)


UNF Legal Studies Institute offers classes scheduled around the working person's hours, evening and online. Courses are taught by local judges and attorneys . 


Next steps?

  • Learn more about the UNF Paralegal Certification.
  • Complete the Legal Studies Application.
  • Email or call John Yancey at (904) 620-5176 to schedule an appointment to see if a paralegal career is right for you.


For those seeking credentialing, the Legal Studies Institute also offers a preparation course to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.


Courses take place at the UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. 32224. For more information about any of our programs, contact us at (904) 620-4200 or


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