Paralegal Studies, Certificate

The purpose of the Paralegal Studies Program is to provide students with the skills necessary to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals and other non-lawyers are prohibited from practicing law.

The program consists of an associate degree (A.A.S.) and a certificate. The certificate is designed for students who already hold a degree (associate or bachelors) or who already have two years of college. All of the paralegal courses in the certificate program are included in the associate degree.

Students admitted to the paralegal certificate program must have earned at least 60 semester hours of college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university. The 60 hours must include at least 18 semester hours of general education credit.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements30
PARA 1101Introduction to Law & Ethics 13
PARA 2203Civil Litigation3
PARA 2205Legal Research and Writing3
PARA 2207Criminal Litigation3
PARA 2209Business Organization3
PARA 2211Computers in the Law3
PARA 2213Real Estate Law3
PARA 2225Family Law3
Choose two from the following:6
Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Rel
Occupational Internship
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Law
Administrative Law
Employment Law
Law Office Skills
Total Credit Hours30

Residency Requirements for Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Students must take at least 5 PARA classes (15 credits) at Clayton State in order to fulfill the residency requirements for the Certificate in Paralegal Studies.