Advance your career with a Paralegal Studies Certificate from Catholic University, while maintaining your work and family responsibilities
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at The Catholic University of America offers a flexible schedule of evening on-campus classes. Scholarships are available.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of paralegals is projected to grow 8% from 2014 to 2024. The primary concern of a paralegal education program is to develop professional competence, which requires both general education and legal specialty course work. The Paralegal Studies Certificate (PSC) program will be taught in-person at Catholic University’s Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS). The curriculum consists of a specialized Law curriculum of 13 classes (39 credit hours). Students will focus their legal specialty course work in one of two tracks: General Practice or Litigation Practice. All students will be required to participate in a legal internship during their last year in the program.
MSPS seeks to prepare individuals to function as informed, practical, knowledgeable, and morally alert members of society. To support this mission, the Certificate in Paralegal Studies program will place the pursuit of professional excellence within the context of human, social, and religious values in the law.
Classroom instruction will emphasize applying course material to solve professional and social problems within a legal setting. Students will be equipped intellectually, morally, and professionally to serve their communities and meet the needs of a future legal employer (e.g., law firms, businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, etc). Building upon the program’s focus on Catholic values and paralegal skills, students will be expected to meet a wide array of educational objectives rooted in liberal arts and legal education. Finally, by studying within the nation’s capital and participating in a mandatory internship, Paralegal Studies students will enjoy abundant practical opportunities to implement and apply their theoretical education to real world and current issues within a professional legal setting.
Who Would Most Benefit?
The Paralegal Studies Certificate program is the ideal option for working adults wanting to gain professional knowledge and an academic credential in a short time frame (3-6 semesters) from an accredited institution and now wish to pursue an exciting professional career as a skilled paralegal equipped with the knowledge to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney.
The role of paralegals is vital in the legal industry. The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy, and availability of legal services. As a result, increased emphasis is being placed on hiring paralegals in a variety of law-related settings. Although private law firms continue to be the single largest employer of paralegals; outstanding job opportunities also exist in private and public sector markets. In 2015, the median annual salary for a paralegal in the Washington, D.C. area was $77, 230.
Students must also complete 9 Law Core courses, including a legal internship, and the requirements of the General Practice or Litigation Practice Track. All students must choose one of two tracks and complete 4 out of 6 electives from their chosen track.
Law Core Courses (9 courses including internship)
MLA 101: Introduction to Paralegal Studies
MLA 110: Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
MLA 201: Legal Research and Writing
MLA 211: Civil Procedure
MLA 216: Corporations
MLA 230: Criminal Law and Procedure
MLA 312: Torts
MLA 340: Contract Law
MLA 494: Paralegal Internship
General Practice Track Electives (complete 4 of 6)
MLA 252: Administrative Law
MLA 253: Constitutional Law
MLA 254: Family Law
MLA 257: Real Estate Law
MLA 258: Wills, Trusts, and Estates
MLA 400: Advanced Legal Research
Litigation Practice Track Electives (complete 4 of 6)
 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates District of Columbia, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_dc.htm (visited on March 8, 2017).
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