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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:
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations. The median pay in 2012 (most recent data) is $46,990 per year or $22.59 per hour.
Are you ready to take the next step to a rewarding career as a paralegal? Complete and return the Paralegal Certificate Program Application. Email or call the John Yancey, program director, at (904) 620-5176 to schedule an appointment to see if a paralegal career is right for you.
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.
66.6 CEU’s (666 clock hours): Thirteen (13) courses and a 120-hour internship comprise the Paralegal Certificate Program. Required core courses include:
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 Paralegal Certificate program director will assist the student in locating a host agency.
All internships must be planned with and approved by the Paralegal program director prior to beginning. Students should arrange an internship meeting with the program director in the semester prior to performing the internship/practicum.
The Certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's curriculum with a "C" grade in each class and attend, at minimum, 80% of all classes.
There is a one-time application fee of $50.
Each course is $459.
There is a $55 per term technology fee, 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 online seller.
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