Become a Paralegal in just ONE year!
Only program in the region where all major courses are taught by licensed attorneys.
College of Saint Mary’s Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate courses are taught online so you can work full-time while earning your certificate in 1 year. College of Saint Mary' s legal studies faculty are well-connected to the legal community and knowledgeable about the latest trends in the profession. Such experience prepares students for the work force and 100% of College of Saint Mary’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate graduates are typically employed in the legal field within six months of graduation.
- Students receive instruction in online legal research services, electronic discovery and law practice management software.
- Our American Bar Association approved Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate includes 29 credits offered in a flexible delivery method.
- The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association.
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As a paralegal, you’ll work under the supervision of an attorney, conduct research, draft legal documents, interview clients and assist at trial. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. According to the National Association of Legal Assistants Utilization & Compensation Survey, total compensation for paralegals continues to grow with an average of $68,240 in 2020, which is a 1% increase compared to 2018 ($67,578) and an 11% increase over 2016 ($61,671). The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the demand for paralegal professionals will continue growing faster than average, anticipating up to a 15 percent increase in opportunities by 2030. The median salary for paralegals is $52,920, and Spanish/English bi-lingual paralegals are in particularly high demand right now.