Paralegal Certificate Program

Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, work with attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, paralegals have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law, which qualifies them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. Working under the supervision of an attorney, the paralegal's work product is merged with and becomes part of the attorney work product. A paralegal may perform any function delegated by and under the supervision of an attorney, including but not limited to the following:

  • Maintain general contact with the client
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Conduct legal research
  • Draft legal documents, correspondence and pleadings
  • Summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony
  • Attend executions of wills, real estate closings, depositions, court sessions, administrative hearings and trials with the attorney

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Program Requirements

To be admitted to the program, it is preferred that you have at minimum an A.A. or A.S. degree. If you have a high school diploma or GED, you will be considered for acceptance to the program on a case-by-case basis.  Basic computer (knowledge of Word Excel, Outlook, Power Point and the internet) and keyboarding skills are helpful.

 

Students who are returning after an absence of 5 years or more must adhere to the below coursework requirements.

 

Coursework Requirements

66.6 CEU’s (666 clock hours): Thirteen (13) courses and a 120-hour internship comprise the Paralegal Certificate Program. Required core courses include:

  • Introduction to Paralegalism (must be taken first)
  • The Professional Paralegal (to be taken in the first or second semester)
  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Legal Interviewing & Investigation
  • Legal Case Analysis
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Legal Technology
  • Computer I
  • Computer II
  • Four (4) electives

Internship

The Paralegal Internship is designed for students who are in their last semester or have completed their course work. It consists of 120 hours and there is no fee associated with this practicum/internship.

 

Students are asked to research the firms and offices practicing the type of law they wish to specialize in. Students usually make their own arrangements directly with the law office. If necessary, the Legal Studies Institute Program Manager will assist the student in locating a host agency.

 

All Internships must be planned with and approved by the Legal Studies Program Director prior to beginning. Students should arrange an internship meeting with the Program Director in the semester prior to performing the internship/practicum.

 

Program Completion

The Certificate is awarded to those persons who successfully complete the program's curriculum with a "C" grade in each class and attend, at minimum, 80% of all classes.

 

Cost

There is a one-time application fee of $50. 

 

Each course is $459.

 

There is a quarterly technology fee of $55 which entitles you to a subscription to Westlaw to be used from any computer, and available 24/7/365. This represents a 95% savings to you off the individual annual rate of $2,400.

 

Each course usually requires a textbook that may be purchased from the UNF Bookstore or from any on-line seller.