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Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Purdue University Global offers a Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program designed for aspiring paralegals who've already earned a bachelor's degree. Read on to find out more about this online certificate program.

Official Program Name:

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Program Prerequisites:

This paralegal certificate program is designed for students who've already earned a bachelor's degree and could be a good fit for those who have strong research and writing skills. Students need to submit undergraduate transcripts or other proof of an earned degree by the end of their first quarter.

In general, applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program is intended for students who are interested in supplementing their bachelor's degree program with paralegal coursework in preparation for a career in this field. The curriculum is designed to teach students how to conduct legal research and synthesize information found in written legal opinions. Course topics also cover areas like civil litigation and ethics in an effort to provide students with an understanding of their role within the litigation process in particular and the legal system in general. An elective course focusing on a particular area of law - such as family law, real estate law, and criminal law - is also included in the program requirements.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36-37 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants and loans. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate:

In addition to completing six major courses, students take an elective course. Contact Purdue University Global for the most current course and credit hour requirements, as these are subject to change from one semester to the next.

Major Requirements (31 Credits)

  • Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Introduction to Legal Research
  • Legal Ethics
  • Law Office Management

Electives (5-6 Credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning
    • Family Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law
    • Real Estate Law

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While Purdue University Global's postbaccalaureate certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for career entry, they could also consider continuing their studies in a related master's degree program. These programs' curricula typically include the advanced study of legal drafting, research, and legal theory. Program names can vary from one school to the next, but some common awards include:

  • Master of Arts in Legal Studies
  • Master of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Law

Career Paths:

The research, writing, and office management skills this Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program is designed to develop can be used to find employment in a variety of settings. This program also aims to develop students' critical-thinking skills and ability to apply legal opinions to an organization's current cases, regardless of the area of law being practiced. Purdue University Global's program graduates could work as paralegals for employers that include:

  • Government agencies
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Private law offices
  • Real estate firms

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