Paralegal Studies


Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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24 hours

This program is offered by the 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.

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

The U.S. Department of Education defines Gainful Employment program criteria and data requirements. View this program's Gainful Employment Disclosures at to see important information about the education debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Special Requirements

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.


  • 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. 

This page was modified on 13 October 2017.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.