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
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 network and increase professional development through membership in LEX, a national paralegal honor society; participation in the Hamline University Paralegal Society; and the required completion of a paralegal internship at one of countless Twin Cities’ law firms, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
“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
Number of credits: 32. 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 details about the requirements, students can refer to the Paralegal Certificate Advising Sheet or the Hamline Bulletin, the official source of program requirements. 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.
Cost: $589 per credit. Financial aid is available.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.
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
Postbaccalaureate StudentsPostbaccalaureate students - students who have an undergraduate degree, but who want to return to school to further develop their skills and advance their careers -- can earn a Paralegal Certificate from Hamline. The program can be completed according to your schedule; earn your certificate in as little as 9 months, or spread out your courses over several years.
Postbaccalaureate students may also earn Hamline's eDiscovery certificate**. Visit the eDiscovery Certificate home page to learn more.REQUEST INFORMATION from the Graduate Admission office. ATTEND AN INFO SESSIONAPPLY paralegal certificate program as a postbaccalaureate student
Undergraduate StudentsThe Legal Studies Department offers the Paralegal Certificate to undergraduate students not as a major, but as an addition to an academic major in Legal Studies, or any other discipline. Interested undergraduate students should contact their academic advisor for more information.
Notice of Completion form The Paralegal Certificate Notice of Completion Form provides official notice to the paralegal certificate program of your intent to complete a paralegal certificate. The form must be received in the Legal Studies Department by the end of the semester prior to the semester of your completion. A $25 late fee will be applied to your student account if the Notice of Completion is received after the due date. Refer to the Notice of Completion form for specific due dates. Please review this form with your adviser during your final advising appointment and submit it either electronically or in hard copy as directed on the form. *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.
For students with a bachelor's degree, contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about how you can pursue a Paralegal Certificate.
For 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.
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