Paralegal Certificate

Prepare for a career as a paralegal. Many law practices and other organizations rely on paralegals to assist attorneys and increase office productivity.


  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 84 hours / 8.4 CEUs

    Where: UGA Gwinnett campus

    When: June 5 – August 1, 2015

    Cost: $1,289 + textbooks

The University of Georgia's Paralegal Certificate Program builds the knowledge and skills necessary for a career as a paralegal. The course is practice-oriented and focused on those areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand. The course trains you to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases.

What you will learn:

  • Legal terminology, ethics, and the litigation process
  • the rules of evidence and civil procedure
  • basic interviewing and investigation techniques and the development and use of demonstrative evidence
  • preparation of discovery matter, such as Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, and Requests for Production of Documents.
  • how to identify relevant law
  • research skills and techniques for use in legal memoranda, motions, and briefs
  • preparation of legal documents
  • preparation and critique of legal memoranda

The Paralegal Certificate Program is offered in partnership by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Center for Legal Studies.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals seeking paralegal training and skills necessary for a career as a paralegal
  • Current paralegals wanting to increase their office's efficiency, productivity, and billable hours as well as learn new marketable job skills

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 

June 5 - August 1, 2015
No class on July 3 & 4, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Location Info: 

Please check signage in lobby

Course Fee(s): 

Textbooks not included

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 8.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 84 hours of course work.

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments is required. To receive your Certificate of Completion, your attendance is also required for all sixteen sessions, and you must have a score of 70% or better for the final written examination.

Military Funding Information:
The Paralegal Certificate Program has been approved by the Department of Veterans Services to receive GI Bill funding. Spouses of active duty military members that are eligible for MYCAA and active duty military members that are eligible for Air Force TA and Army TA may contact their education service officer to apply for course approval. For more information regarding military funding for this course, visit our Financial and Military Assistance page or contact our office at 706-542-3537.

Gail Stowers received a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Georgia and attended paralegal school in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stowers worked as a litigation paralegal with the law firm of Beaver, Holt and Richardson, and later attended Webster University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she received a dual Masters degree in Management and in Human Resources.

Stowers has been employed with the State Personnel Administration in the Legal Services Division as a Human Resources Project Manager and Employee Relations Specialist for more than 10 years. Some of her responsibilities include legal research, program management of the statewide alternative dispute resolution program, ADA Compliance manager and consultant to managers, employees and non-state entities. She also participates in some legislative and diversity management activities. 

Textbooks are available from the Center for Legal Studies for approximately $450 (US). To order your textbooks please call 800-522-7737 or visit The Center for Legal Studies.