Pursue a Career in One of the Fastest Growing Legal Professions
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is projected to grow by 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, which will add over 41,000 positions. The Paralegal Certificate Program will prepare you for a career as a paralegal, giving you the skills you need to secure a position in the industry.
If you’re interested in law but don’t want to endure the lengthy process and expenses associated with becoming a lawyer, then becoming a paralegal might be the right option for you. Like lawyers, paralegals can specialize in certain types of law, such as criminal, corporate, immigration and family. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in high demand. Students will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.
What You Will Learn:
The Paralegal Certificate Program is offered in partnership by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Center for Legal Studies. Over the course of eight weeks, you will cover these six topics:
Session 1: Legal Terminology, Documents, Ethics, and the Litigation Process
Session 2: Introduction to the Evidentiary Predicate
Session 3: Identifying Relevant Authority
Session 4: Introduction to Legal Research
Session 5: Legal Research Practice
Session 6: Legal Writing and Appellate Procedure
Students will also visit the Georgia State Law Library for two Saturday classes to work on legal research.
Who Should Attend?
Friday, February 7, 2020 to Saturday, March 28, 2020
Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$1,595 (does not include course materials)
Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 8.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing the course.
Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
To receive the Certificate of Program Completion the following is required:
- Attendance at a minimum of 80% of the 84 hour course
- Timely and successful completion of written assignments
- Score 70% or better on each quiz and receive a final cumulative average of 70% or better on combined scores of quizzes and written assignments
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.