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Evening and Weekend Programs: Certificate of Accomplishment in Paralegal Studies

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Certificate of Accomplishment in Paralegal Studies

As a member of a legal team, the paralegal must understand the professional terms, proceedings, and background of the American legal system. The certificate of accomplishment program in Paralegal Studies prepares the participant for a career as a paralegal, providing the educational foundation that assists paralegals in becoming ethical, professional, and effective members of a legal services delivery team. Courses are offered in ethics, torts, writing and research, and specialized fields: immigration, environmental, criminal, wills and probate law.

Suited for individuals who want to upgrade their skills, enhance their careers, or enter a new profession, this program builds on skills developed in non-legal fields to provide a better understanding of the legal system.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the framework of the state and federal court systems.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the law and its impact on the legal system and society.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in both oral and written forms.
  • Read critically and use written material to support logical reasoning and problem-solving.
  • Conduct legal research using a variety of resources, such as publications, computer software, and the Internet.
  • Draft and organize legal documents, pleadings, motions, and other correspondence typically assigned to paralegals
  • Analyze and ethically solve legal problems and synthesize legal concepts
  • Apply the principles of appropriate professional standards and ethics.
  • Assist with case management.
  • This program consists of five required courses and nine elective courses.

You may apply for this program online. For more information about this or other certificates, please contact the certificate counselor at (202) 314-3320 or certificates@graduateschool.edu.

Special accommodations may be requested online by requesting ADA Accommodations. All requests must be received at least four weeks prior to the class start date to be fulfilled.

Required Courses (complete all 5 courses):

Course Title Course Code Units Tuition Term
Introduction to Law for Paralegals LAWS1310E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Wi/Sp/Su/Fa
Legal Ethics/Law Office Systems LAWS1315E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Sp/Fa
Legal Research I LAWS5551E 2 Credit $ 385.00 Wi/Sp/Fa
Legal Research II LAWS5552E 2 Credits $ 385.00 Sp/Su
Legal Writing LAWS2256E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Wi/Su/Fa

Elective Courses (complete 9 courses of which you may complete both or one of the Special Elective courses):

Course Title Course Code Units Tuition Term
Administrative Law and Procedure LAWS3330E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Sp
Negotiations and ADR LAWS3315E 2 Credits $ 385.00 Sp
Bankruptcy Law LAWS1180E 2 Credits $ 385.00 Wi
Business Law I LAWS1322E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Sp/Fa
Business Law II LAWS2325E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Wi/Su
Criminal Law LAWS1155E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Wi
Environmental Law LAWS1345E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Fa
Family Law LAWS1160E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Su
Innovation, Technology and the Law LAWS2426E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Fa
Introduction to Legal Analysis and Reasoning LLBS4400E 2 Credits $ 385.00 Su
NEPA: Policy, Procedures and Science/Art ENVS8435E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Fa/Sp
Real Estate Transactions LAWS2250E 3 Credits $ 385.00 Su

Special Electives:

Course Title Course Code Units Tuition Term
Employee Relations PERS2220E 2 Credits $ 385.00 Sp/Fa
Introduction to Information Systems COMP1120E 2 Credits $ 500.00 Wi/Sp/Su/Fa