• Paralegal Certificate

    There’s never been a better time to become a paralegal. CNNMoney.com predicts 30% growth in the paralegal profession by 2017 and ranked the paralegal profession as a top 20 job for “people who want more pay, more upside, and more control over where they're going.”

  • Why Hamline?

    QUALITY. Hamline’s paralegal certificate is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), a national hallmark of excellence and required by many companies. Hamline’s unique pairing of practical legal training and the liberal arts, combined with the program's ABA approval and recognition in the community, makes Hamline's paralegal education highly valued by employers. Hamline is a leader in law education, and students have access to up-to-the-minute legal resources, a first-class law library, and an incredible array of electronic resources. Hamline's paralegal program has been in existence since 1984, giving students a large group of alumni to network with and establishing Hamline's reputation in the legal community.

    CONVENIENCE. Both daytime and evening classes classes are offered on Hamline’s beautiful urban campus in Saint Paul.

    CAREER PREPARATION. Students have the opportunity to increase their professional visibility through the completion of a required paralegal internship at one of countless Twin Cities' law firms, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations; participation in the Hamline University Paralegal Society; and membership in LEX, a national paralegal honor society.

    “Hamline’s paralegals exude energy, effort and confidence. We have been pleased to
    have Hamline’s paralegal interns at our firm as they are truly prepared to engage in the legal profession.” 

    Gloria Contreras Edin, Attorney at Law, Contreras Edin & Associates

    The Paralegal Program at a Glance

    Number of credits: 32. Including 20 credits of required coursework, 8 credits from a menu of ABA-approved legal specialty courses, and four (4) credits of additional legal specialty or law-related electives. For information on applying non-Hamline credits to your Hamline paralegal certificate, please refer to the attached Legal Specialty Credit Transfer Policy.

    Time to complete: 9-12 months, or longer if desired. 

    Curriculum: Hamline paralegal certificate graduates will be able to

    • Produce reasoned legal analysis.

    • Demonstrate writing and speaking skills necessary to communicate in professional and academic legal settings.

    • Demonstrate mastery of legal citation.

    • Demonstrate knowledge of technology relevant to the legal profession.

    • Locate primary and secondary legal resources using print and electronic tools.

    • Fulfill legal and general ethical obligations in academic and professional settings.

    • Evaluate legal issues in diverse cultural contexts.

    What You Can Do With A Hamline Paralegal Certificate

    In addition to paralegal positions in corporate offices, law firms, and government or nonprofit entities, Hamline's recent certificate recipients have found employment as:

    • International Justice Program Associate at the Advocated for Human Rights

    • Diversity and Pro Bono Coordinator at Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi L.L.P.

    • HR/Legal Compliance at SMC Ltd. (Medtech Manufacturing)

    • Compliance and Contracts Administration at OATI (Open Access Technology International)

    • Energy Software Solutions PB

    • Leave Management Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Human Services

    • Company Administrator at Cargill

    • Senior Initiatives Coordinator at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

    • IT Business Analyst at Mystic Lake Casino

    • Director of Legal Research at BMC Group

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    Postbaccalaureate Students

    Students who have a bachelor's degree and want to return to school to further develop their skills and advance their careers can earn a Paralegal Certificate from Hamline. Earn your certificate in as little as nine months. Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about how you can pursue a Paralegal Certificate.

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    Postbaccalaureate students may also earn Hamline's eDiscovery Certificate**. Visit the eDiscovery Certificate page to learn more.

    Undergraduate Students

    The Legal Studies department offers the Paralegal Certificate to undergraduate students as an addition to an academic major in Legal Studies or any other discipline.

    Students seeking admission to Hamline to complete their four-year degree, connect with a counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission to learn more about pursuing a Paralegal Certificate in addition to your bachelor's degree at Hamline.

    Already a Hamline student? Contact any full-time member of the Legal Studies Department.

    * Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to clients or to the public, except as permitted by law. A paralegal certificate does not qualify the recipient to sit for the bar examination or work as a lawyer.

    ** Please note: The eDiscovery Certificate program is not an American Bar Association approved paralegal certificate program and does not qualify recipients for the practice of law.