Paralegal Studies Certificate


Certificate (Eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate or if combined with AS degree)


The certificate in Paralegal Studies prepares the student for a dynamic career in the legal profession. The student will receive training in case management and legal research as well as learn how to analyze and summarize data to assist attorneys in preparation for hearings, trials, closings, corporate meetings, and other legal functions. The student will experience community learning opportunities that include job shadows, internships, and real-world projects. *Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Career Opportunities

A successful paralegal finds fulfillment as a contributor in resolving difficult legal situations on behalf of families, non-profit organizations, law firms, government agencies, and corporations. A variety of positions can be found in numerous industries including banking, insurance, healthcare, business, entertainment industry, real estate, and public agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:
Apply substantive and procedural law to a given set of facts, formulate arguments, and identify legal solutions
Practice professional and ethical standards appropriate to the legal profession
Perform legal research and summarize findings for supervising attorneys, clients, and/or the courts
Follow appropriate interviewing and investigational procedures with clients, witnesses, and industry professionals
Demonstrate professional skills necessary to a paralegal career, including oral and written communication and technology skills

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Religion Course

Choose one course (2 credits)
Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & His Everlasting Gospel (Cornerstone)

2 credits

REL 275Teachings & Doctrine of The Book of Mormon (Cornerstone)

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:2
*Note: The required (2) credit religion course will count towards the (8) credits of required religion courses for students who are completing the AS degree + certificate 

Paralegal Studies Certificate Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 101Introduction to College Writing

3 credits

PLS 101Introduction to Law and Legal Careers

3 credits

PLS 110Legal Research/Writing I

3 credits

PLS 115Legal Research/Writing II

3 credits

PLS 120Evidence

2 credits

PLS 150Paralegal Computer Application

3 credits

PLS 160Ethics

2 credits

PLS 299Paralegal Internship

2-3 credits

Total Credit Hours:21-22

**Note: PLS 299 will substitute for CAR 299 for students who are completing the AS degree + certificate. However, CAR 299 may not be substituted for PLS 299.

Paralegal Studies Certificate Elective Choice

Requirements List

Choose 2 courses, 6 credits
Course NumberTitleCredits
PLS 203Introduction to Civil Litigation

3 credits

PLS 205Contract Law

3 credits

PLS 210Torts

3 credits

PLS 215Bankruptcy Law

3 credits

PLS 220Family Law

3 credits

PLS 230Criminal Law and Procedures

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 29

Graduation Requirements

1. Minimum of 29 total semester credit hours as outlined
2. Grade of C or higher in all program-specific courses
3. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0
4. One cornerstone religion course

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.

First Semester

ENG 101, Introduction to College Writing, 3 credits
PLS 101, Introduction to Law and Legal Careers, 3 credits
PLS 110, Legal Research/Writing I, 3 credits
PLS 120, Evidence, 2 credits
PLS 150, Paralegal Computer Application, 3 credits

Total Semester Minimum Hours 14

Second Semester

PLS 115, Legal Research/Writing II, 3 credits
PLS 160, Ethics, 2 credits
Certificate Elective, Choose from PLS 203, PLS 205, PLS 210, PLS 215PLS 220, PLS 230, 3 credits
Certificate Elective, Choose from PLS 203, PLS 205, PLS 210, PLS 215PLS 220, PLS 230, 3 credits
REL,Cornerstone Religion course, 2 credits
PLS 299, Paralegal Internship, 2 credits

Total Semester Minimum Hours 15

Total Paralegal Studies Certificate Minimum Credit Hours 29