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Admission Requirements

Students will normally be granted regular admission status under the following standards:

  • A grade-point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) calculated on: a) the last 60 hours of undergraduate work before receipt of the baccalaureate degree, or b) the last 60 hours of undergraduate work before receipt of the baccalaureate degree plus any graduate course work taken at an accredited college or university,
  • All applicants must complete an interview with the director of legal studies.

The interview with the director is an approximately half-hour meeting to introduce prospective students to the program and the paralegal profession generally and discuss program requirements, course selection, and academic and career advising. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview once their admissions application is complete.

To receive a paralegal studies certificate, all students must successfully complete the 24 semester hour curriculum while maintaining a B average, and must receive a B or better in each required course.

Concurrent Enrollment in Master's Program

All applicants to the certificate program must be concurrently admitted to the master's degree program in legal studies, which has the same admission requirements.

Application deadlines and admission requirements are available here.

ABA Approved

The paralegal certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association. The paralegal certificate program does not qualify a person to practice law.