Certificate - Paralegal Studies

The Paralegal Certificate Program provides students with an understanding of the basic areas of law. Many students entering this program are changing careers and returning as non-traditional students. As such, they may not be able to maintain a full-time course load, nor do they need to complete a full degree in Paralegal Studies to obtain a job in a law office. This program also meets the needs of students who are already practicing as paralegals, but their employers would like them to expand their knowledge base.  Students will be required to complete 15 credit hours (5 courses).  Students who complete this Certificate can continue their studies with an Advanced Civil Practice or Advanced Criminal Practice Certificate.

Programmatic Outcomes:

Students will develop skill in interpreting Federal and Maine rules of evidence and the application of case law to those rules.  Interpretation includes examining the truth-finding function of the rules and other goals such as trial process efficiency, fairness, effective exercise of guided judicial discretion and regulation of some out of court behavior.

Students will demonstrate improved oral and written presentation skills.

Required Courses
PL 100Intro to Legal Studies3
PL 205Legal Research and Writing3
Choose One of the Following3
Business Law I
Real Estate Law
Choose One of the Following3
Civil Litigation
Criminal Law
Choose One of the Following3
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Legal Ethics
Total Hours15

Candidates for a Certificate Paralegal Studies are required to complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours maintaining a 2.0 overall cumulative grade point average.