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Paralegal Studies Certificate Program Overview
This program provides students with a broad exposure to various areas of the law and provides them with paralegal skills. The Paralegal Certificate is an intensive program, designed to fulfill the needs of those who are interested in work related to the law, human services, government, or public policy, continuing their studies in the legal field. Students who complete the certificate most often find employment with legal firms, banks, real estate agencies, and business corporations.
Many students use the paralegal program as a foundation for either reading for the law or entering a law degree program.
Paralegal Studies Certificate Requirement
Students complete 30 semester credits of coursework offered by practicing attorneys with practical experience in the legal profession. The credit requirements include a 3-credit internship in a law office, agency, or advocacy group or in the Burlington College Pro Se Legal Clinic under the instruction and supervision of an attorney. Unique to the Burlington College Paralegal Studies program, the clinic is designed to help people understand the legal system and learn how to represent themselves in the courts. Along with providing this important service to the community, the clinic educates paralegal students in a hands-on way to understand litigants, the courts and legal strategies. A certificate of completion of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is awarded to those who satisfy the program requirements.
Entry Level Prerequisite: 3 credits
GEN160 - Introduction to Computer Applications I:
-or-- Passing score on the Computer Assessment:
Entry Level Requirement: 6 credits
GEN171 - Vision & Revision: A Voice for Essays
LJS101 - Politics: The Art of the Possible
Intermediate Level: 9 credits
PLS205 - Legal Research and Writing
PLS228 - Constitutional Law
PLS230 - Legal Ethics: Theory & Practice
Intermediate Electives: 9 credits
PLS210 - Family Court & the Law
LJS/PLS214 - Comparative Government & Law
PLS220 - Criminal Law and Enforcement
PLS222 - Torts & Civil Litigation
COR273 - Civic Scholar Seminar (when applicable)
Other learning activities, such as guided independent study or tutorials, may be arranged with the student's academic advisor.
Internship: 3 credits
Students are required to participate in 96 hours of hands-on experience in a law office, agency, or advocacy group, or in the Burlington College Legal Clinic. Interns will meet with the program director at several scheduled meeting times to discuss their progress.
PLS303 - Pro se Legal Clinic or
LJS303 - Legal and Justice Studies Internship
Total credits: 30