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Hazelwood, MO Paralegal Certificate Programs
Hazelwood is a suburb of St. Louis, MO, located near the Illinois border that has several surrounding schools with paralegal programs. Three of these schools offer certificate programs within 30 minutes of downtown. Following the discussion about these certificate programs is a table comparing school information such as tuition and school size. After the table is a brief paragraph about other area schools offering similar programs.
- Lewis and Clark Community College is located in Godfrey, Illinois about 23 miles from Hazelwood. This public college offers a certificate program in paralegal studies.
- Saint Louis Community College, located 18 miles from downtown, also offers a certificate program in paralegal studies.
- A private not-for-profit college, Webster University, is about 16 miles away in St. Louis, and offers undergrad and graduate certificate programs in paralegal studies, as well as degree programs, which are accredited by the American Bar Association.
In addition to programs offered, prospective paralegal students may want to consider tuition and other school information to help them decide on a school. This table compares tuition and school size for the schools discussed in this article.
|Lewis and Clark Community College||Saint Louis Community College||Webster University|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||7,903*||21,218*||16,769*|
|Campus Setting||Fringe rural||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $3,072 in-district;
| $3,090 in-district;
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Lewis and Clark Community College
Lewis and Clark Community College is a 2-year school that's a bit over the Illinois border in Godfrey. The Lewis and Clark school district includes 5 full counties around the St. Louis area. The college has a paralegal certificate program that trains students who don't already have an associate's or bachelor's degree, but have good math and office skills.
Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal
Many students who enter this 39-credit certificate program are currently working in a legal environment and want to gain more legal skills. Some of the required courses include constitutional law, legal research, tort law, litigation and family law. Students may also choose electives that include criminal court proceedings, transcription and legal terminology.
Saint Louis Community College
The Saint Louis Community College main campus is in downtown St. Louis, but the paralegal studies programs are offered at 2 of the school's other campuses. Florissant Valley in Ferguson, MO, is the closest campus to Hazelwood, around 6 miles from the suburb. The paralegal programs are also offered at the Meramec campus in St. Louis, roughly 20 miles from Hazelwood.
Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies for the Paralegal
This 30-credit-hour program is intended for students who already hold bachelor's degrees in fields unrelated to law and want to become paralegals. Students in the program are often working adults interested in a career transition. Required courses include computers and law, civil trial proceedings, law for the paralegal, legal research and legal writing. Students can also take electives in wills and trusts, real estate law, bankruptcy law, evidence, environmental law and legal research on the Internet.
Webster University is a private, not-for-profit school located in nearby St. Louis. The paralegal and legal studies programs at Webster are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). In addition to the undergrad and graduate certificate programs below, Webster offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in legal studies.
Certificate in Paralegal Studies
This 24-credit certificate program in paralegal studies is provided through the undergrad school and trains students to become paralegals or legal assistants. Some of the required classes include legal research, legal ethics, legal writing and litigation. No other degree is required for admission to this certificate program, but a condition for earning the certificate is that students must complete an additional 60 hours of academic coursework.
Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies
This paralegal certificate program is offered through the graduate school and is designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree and want to pursue a paralegal career. The 24-credit certificate can be pursued on its own or alongside master's degree studies at the university. Students explore legal research and writing, ethics for the legal professional and civil actions. Students may also take electives in contracts, torts, juvenile law, consumer law, insurance and real estate. This program is offered in downtown St. Louis at the Old Post Office campus and at the St. Louis campus, which is about 16 miles south of Hazelwood.
Other School Options
A few schools near Hazelwood offer degree programs in legal and paralegal studies. Maryville University is a private institution in nearby St. Louis, about 9 miles from Hazelwood; it offers an ABA-accredited bachelor's degree program in legal studies. Another school near Hazelwood is Southwestern Illinois College, located in Belleville, Illinois. This public, 2-year school offers an A.A.S. degree program in paralegal studies through its business division.