Why Earn a Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies at Bay Path University?
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, those who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of college courses, or those who would like to earn a certificate in conjunction with their degree.
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 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.
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 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
Certificate of Advanced Paralegal Studies Course Requirements:
Introduction to the American Legal System
Principles of Litigation
Legal Research and Writing
Computer Assisted Legal Research
Real Estate Law
Legal Internship or Legal Specialty Elective
PLEASE NOTE: A PARALEGAL MAY WORK 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."
Bay Path University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.