This certificate provides a broad base of knowledge for practicing paralegals.
The College's Paralegal Studies certificate, which has been approved by the American Bar Association, offers both general preparation for the profession and concentration in specific areas of the law. The program of study emphasizes theoretical and practical information in many important legal areas, such as the fundamentals of manual and computer based legal research, proficiency in legal writing, and the development of the professional skill of "learning."
Students also develop an understanding of the values underlying the legal system and of the ethical considerations arising in paralegal practice. The program promotes an understanding of how the individual student fits into the legal system, both as a professional and as a citizen.
The program prepares students to think critically, analyze facts and concepts, synthesize information, and articulate concepts and information verbally and in writing. These capabilities are essential to the effective paralegal.
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