Certificate in Paralegal Studies
This program is no longer accepting new applications.
As part of its ongoing curriculum review and refresh to better serve its students, UMUC has eliminated some of its undergraduate certificate programs. Current students have been contacted to ensure timely completion of the program or to discuss alternative programs of interest.
If you are enrolled in this program, please use the curriculum requirements below to track your success as you complete your certificate. Contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.
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The paralegal studies certificate focuses on the legal concepts, procedures, and skills used in a wide variety of legal environments. The program addresses the organization, functions, and processes of institutions in the U.S. legal system; roles and issues in the paralegal field; legal ethics; and selected specialty areas. The curriculum emphasizes important skills, including legal analysis, communication, legal research, computer competence, legal drafting, investigation, organization, and specialized legal skills. With appropriate choice of courses, this certificate may be completed while pursuing the Bachelor of Science in legal studies. (However, students may not pursue the paralegal studies certificate within the associate of arts curriculum in legal studies.)
General education and other college coursework: 36
This requirement may be fulfilled through transfer credit, and up to 30 credits may be earned through credit by examination or prior-learning portfolio credit. Total must include 18 credits in general education courses (described on p. 8) covering at least three different disciplines and WRTG 101 (unless the student already has earned an associate's or bachelor's degree before taking the first legal studies course).
Note: Courses may be applied to only one certificate; some prerequisites may need to be fulfilled before beginning certificate courses. No more than six 1-credit courses may be applied toward this certificate. No more than 12 credits of certificate coursework as listed below may be fulfilled through transfer credit.
Six required legal studies courses:
- LGST 101 Introduction to Law (3)
- LGST 200 Techniques of Legal Research (3)
- LGST 201 Legal Writing (3)
- LGST 204 Legal Ethics (3)
- LGST 300 Advanced Legal Research and Analysis (3)
- LGST 301 Advanced Legal Writing (3)
A substantive and procedural or substantive law elective chosen from the following: 3
- LGST 312 Torts
- LGST 320 Criminal Law and Procedures
- LGST 327 Alternative Dispute Resolution
- LGST 340 Contract Law
- LGST 442 Business Organizations
A second substantive and procedural or substantive law course chosen from the above list: 3
Total credits for certificate in Paralegal Studies: 60
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