Paralegal Studies

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Graduate Courses for Spring 2020

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Graduate Certificate
24 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences. It is available online, at the St. Louis home campus and at the Gateway campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

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 (legal assistants). It is important to note that, at present, there is no state or federal licensure of paralegals, and that successful completion of Webster’s certificate program should not be construed to imply state, federal or board certification.

Students may pursue the certificate by itself or integrate their certificate studies with their MA degree program.

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.


The 24 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in paralegal studies must include the following courses:

  • LEGL 5000 Introduction to Legal Studies (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5260 Methods of Legal Research and Writing I (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5270 Methods of Legal Research and Writing II (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5300 Ethics for the Legal Professional (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5470 Civil Actions (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5490 Advanced Topics in Law (6 hours)
  • LEGL 5800 Computerized Legal Research (3 hours)

Areas of law offered in topics courses include:

  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Probate
  • Business Organizations
  • Juvenile
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Property
  • Computers and Law
  • Family
  • Real Estate


Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admissions materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119