Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Legal Studies, Paralegal Certificate

24 semester hours of credit required

This program provides specialty instruction for students already holding 60 college credits. The program focuses on legal research and writing, the mechanics of the civil litigation process, and various specialized areas of practice such as probate, litigation, and business organizations.

Paralegal Program Objectives

  • Provide opportunity for students to receive applicable training, practical skills, and necessary education to effectively contribute to the legal environment.
  • Prepare students to become an integral part of the legal team.
  • Enhance students’ understanding of their ethical responsibility and role under the supervision of attorneys.
  • Provide students with an understanding of the U.S. legal system and sources of law.
  • Teach students active listening skills and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Provide students with extensive instruction in legal research and technology offerings, including the use of electronic legal research databases.


See Course Descriptions  for required prerequisites and corequisites

Total Credits: 24

Note: Students must take at least ten credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at http://Catalog.widener.edu.