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Advanced Paralegal Studies

Launch or enhance your legal career with our 21-credit, ABA-approved Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies.

Why Earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies at Bay Path University?

The goal of the Legal Studies Department is to prepare graduates to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services in the public or private sector, to proceed to graduate school, or to pursue other career opportunities with a solid foundation in law. 

The 21-credit Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies, which is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), is appropriate for students who have previously received an associate or baccalaureate degree, or who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of college courses.

Students majoring in any other program at Bay Path University may earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies by completing the required 21 credits.

The Legal Studies program is designed to give you a greater understanding of the legal process, institutions, and ideas that are the foundation of our society.

The challenging and rigorous curriculum combines theory and application in order to prepare you for a wide range of career options. One of the core strengths of the program is that our legal faculty are judges and experienced practitioners of the law. They therefore bring a practical and relevant perspective into classroom discussion.

 Students in the Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies program are educated to:

  • Understand the legal profession and its role in our society
  • Think critically and write competently and persuasively about legal issues
  • Use technology to perform legal research and associated tasks
  • Act ethically in their professional and personal lives
  • Act on opportunities for professional growth and continuing education

A graduate may work as a paralegal only under the supervision of an attorney and is not authorized to engage in the practice of law. The ABA defines a paralegal or legal assistant as "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."