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Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Earning your post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate is one very flexible option we offer you when you've already earned a bachelor's degree. Our America Bar Association approved certificate option includes liberal arts courses plus courses with law concentration through a flexible delivery method. Classes are held every other weekend so you can work full time while you are earning your certificate. Historically, 100 percent of our certificate graduates were employed in the field within six months of graduating.

The average certificate completion for full-time students is one year.

Learn more about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information:

U.S. Department of Education Disclosures

Curriculum

    Course #   Course Name   Credit Hours
  Any 1:
  Total Credit Hours: 3
  BIS 220   Advanced Business Applications   3
  HSV 231   Interviewing Skills   3
  ACC 161   Principles of Accounting
  3
 
  Major Program Courses:
  Total Credit Hours: 18
  LAW 101   Introduction to Paralegal   3
  LAW 200   Legal Research & Writing I   3
  LAW 210   Legal Research & Writing II   3
  LAW 220   Law Office Administration   3
  LAW 230   Litigation I   3
  LAW 231   Litigation II   3
 
  Any 2:
  Total Credit Hours: 6
  LAW 300   Torts   3
  LAW 310   Advanced Business Law   3
  LAW 320   Estates, Trust, Tax Law & Prob   3
  LAW 330   Real Estate Law   3
  LAW 340   Contracts   3
  LAW 350   Family Law   3
 
  Any 2:
  Total Credit Hours: 2
  LAW 410   Bankruptcy Law   1
  LAW 430   Federal Practice & Constitutional Law   1
  LAW 440   Medical Terminology & Malpractice   1
  LAW 450   Special Topics in the Law   1

 

Required Courses in Your Major

Introduction to Paralegal

This survey course discusses the legal environment, law office procedures, legal ethics and confidentiality, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, professional responsibilities of the paralegal, interpreting statutes, employment opportunities, salary surveys, regulations and other sources of law.

Legal Research and Writing

This course emphasizes the basics of legal research methods and good written communication, with an emphasis on precise writing. The course uses a case-study approach for developing organizational, legal style and analytical skills.

Legal Research and Writing II

A continuation of Legal Research and Writing (LAW 200).

Law Office Administration and Technology

This course includes a study of administrative systems, file management, docket control, retrieval, time keeping, billing, accounting dictation, word processing, types of legal fees and their handling and the role of the attorney, paralegal, legal administrator and legal secretary in a law office.

Litigation I

This course is an introduction to the civil litigation process, with emphasis on the practice associated with a civil action. Topics covered include: civil procedure, preparation and use of pleadings, discovery, evidence, client interviewing and investigative techniques.

Litigation II

This course is a continuation of Litigation I (LAW 230) with an emphasis on the functions of a paralegal in trial preparation and pretrial and trial procedures including the gathering and organizing of materials, investigating, interviewing, appellate procedures, preparation of the trial notebook and assisting during and after a trial.

Paralegal Internship

Law 470 is a 3 credit class and consists of the following: mock interview, orientation, work experience and online discussion board and assignments.

Plus any two of the following:

  • Torts

  • Advanced Business Law

  • Estates, Trust, Tax Law and Probate

  • Real Estate Law Contract

  • Contracts

  • Family Law

 

And any two of the following:

  • Bankruptcy Law

  • Federal Practice and Constitutional Law

  • Medical Terminology and Malpractice

  • Special Topics in the Law

Requirements for Completion of College of Saint Mary's Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate

To earn your post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate, you must complete 29 hours of required course work at College of Saint Mary.

Completing this program qualifies you to take the Certified Paralegal exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

College of Saint Mary’s paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals, 312-988-5618.

Admissions Requirements

  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

 

Application Process

Apply on-line at CSM.edu/Apply

  • Official transcripts from institution accredited to award bachelor’s degrees.
  • Completed College of Saint Mary graduate program application with $30 application fee.

 

File the FAFSA

All students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at FAFSA.gov. By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for federal loans.

  • Everyone is eligible to complete a FAFSA!
  • The FAFSA is available beginning October 1.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer IRS data directly to your FAFSA.
  • Priority Filing Date: March 15
  • CSM’s School Code: 002540

 

Academic Description

Ready for a Career Change? Become a Paralegal in Just 1 Year

Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Earning your post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate is one very flexible option we offer you when you've already earned a bachelor's degree. Our America Bar Association approved certificate option includes liberal arts courses plus courses with law concentration through a flexible delivery method. Classes are held every other weekend so you can work full time while you are earning your certificate. Historically, 100 percent of our certificate graduates were employed in the field within six months of graduating.

The average certificate completion for full-time students is one year.

Learn more about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information:

U.S. Department of Education Disclosures

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

College of Saint Mary’s paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals, 312-988-5618.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

 

Application Process

Apply on-line at CSM.edu/Apply

  • Official transcripts from institution accredited to award bachelor’s degrees.
  • Completed College of Saint Mary graduate program application with $30 application fee.

 

File the FAFSA

All students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at FAFSA.gov. By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for federal loans.

  • Everyone is eligible to complete a FAFSA!
  • The FAFSA is available beginning October 1.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer IRS data directly to your FAFSA.
  • Priority Filing Date: March 15
  • CSM’s School Code: 002540

 

Curriculum

Curriculum

    Course #   Course Name   Credit Hours
  Any 1:
  Total Credit Hours: 3
  BIS 220   Advanced Business Applications   3
  HSV 231   Interviewing Skills   3
  ACC 161   Principles of Accounting
  3
 
  Major Program Courses:
  Total Credit Hours: 18
  LAW 101   Introduction to Paralegal   3
  LAW 200   Legal Research & Writing I   3
  LAW 210   Legal Research & Writing II   3
  LAW 220   Law Office Administration   3
  LAW 230   Litigation I   3
  LAW 231   Litigation II   3
 
  Any 2:
  Total Credit Hours: 6
  LAW 300   Torts   3
  LAW 310   Advanced Business Law   3
  LAW 320   Estates, Trust, Tax Law & Prob   3
  LAW 330   Real Estate Law   3
  LAW 340   Contracts   3
  LAW 350   Family Law   3
 
  Any 2:
  Total Credit Hours: 2
  LAW 410   Bankruptcy Law   1
  LAW 430   Federal Practice & Constitutional Law   1
  LAW 440   Medical Terminology & Malpractice   1
  LAW 450   Special Topics in the Law   1

 

Required Courses in Your Major

Introduction to Paralegal

This survey course discusses the legal environment, law office procedures, legal ethics and confidentiality, avoiding unauthorized practice of law, professional responsibilities of the paralegal, interpreting statutes, employment opportunities, salary surveys, regulations and other sources of law.

Legal Research and Writing

This course emphasizes the basics of legal research methods and good written communication, with an emphasis on precise writing. The course uses a case-study approach for developing organizational, legal style and analytical skills.

Legal Research and Writing II

A continuation of Legal Research and Writing (LAW 200).

Law Office Administration and Technology

This course includes a study of administrative systems, file management, docket control, retrieval, time keeping, billing, accounting dictation, word processing, types of legal fees and their handling and the role of the attorney, paralegal, legal administrator and legal secretary in a law office.

Litigation I

This course is an introduction to the civil litigation process, with emphasis on the practice associated with a civil action. Topics covered include: civil procedure, preparation and use of pleadings, discovery, evidence, client interviewing and investigative techniques.

Litigation II

This course is a continuation of Litigation I (LAW 230) with an emphasis on the functions of a paralegal in trial preparation and pretrial and trial procedures including the gathering and organizing of materials, investigating, interviewing, appellate procedures, preparation of the trial notebook and assisting during and after a trial.

Paralegal Internship

Law 470 is a 3 credit class and consists of the following: mock interview, orientation, work experience and online discussion board and assignments.

Plus any two of the following:

  • Torts

  • Advanced Business Law

  • Estates, Trust, Tax Law and Probate

  • Real Estate Law Contract

  • Contracts

  • Family Law

 

And any two of the following:

  • Bankruptcy Law

  • Federal Practice and Constitutional Law

  • Medical Terminology and Malpractice

  • Special Topics in the Law

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Completion of College of Saint Mary's Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate

To earn your post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate, you must complete 29 hours of required course work at College of Saint Mary.

Completing this program qualifies you to take the Certified Paralegal exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.