• Paralegal Certificate

    It's a great time to be a paralegal. Ranked as one of the 20 best jobs in America by CNN Money, paralegal opportunities are expanding as firms seek to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Hamline's Paralegal Certificate helps prepare those seeking a career in the legal profession, but not necessarily as a lawyer. It also provides an excellent education for those seeking to work in heavily regulated industries or in areas in which an understanding of our laws and legal system is required.

    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 legal education, and students have access to up-to-the-minute legal resources 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 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 (including a paralegal internship), 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 Legal Specialty Credit Transfer Policy.

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

    Learning Outcomes: 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 context.
        

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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. To learn more about how you can pursue a Paralegal Certificate contact Hamline's Graduate Admissions  Office or attend a Paralegal Information Session where you will learn about the program and have the opportunity to engage with Paralegal Program faculty members and staff. 

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    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.  

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