Paralegal Studies


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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Certificate
24 credit hours

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Legal Studies Department

The certificate program in paralegal studies is designed to provide the theoretical and practical education needed by those who work or desire to work as paralegals or legal assistants. Webster University will issue a certificate recognizing the successful completion (C or better) of a 24-credit-hour core in paralegal studies.

All core courses must be taken at Webster University. Since core courses are generally taught at the advanced level, students must have earned at least 84 credit hours, including the 24-credit-hour core in paralegal studies, before a certificate can be issued. Webster University's St. Louis area paralegal programs are approved by the American Bar Association.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.

Course Requirements

  • LEGL 2400/POLT 2400 Introduction to Law (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3000 Legal Ethics (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3490 Litigation (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4460 Methods of Legal Research & Writing I (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4470 Methods of Legal Research & Writing II (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4480 Computerized Legal Research (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4800 Advanced Topics in Law (6 hours)

Note: A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

Paralegals or Legal Assistants may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Webster University's St. Louis area paralegal programs have been approved by the American Bar Association.