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  • 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.”


    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. 16 credits of required coursework, 12 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.

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

    Cost: $573 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 Students
    Postbaccalaureate 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.

    REQUEST INFORMATION from the Graduate Admission office.
    HOW TO REGISTER for the paralegal certificate postbaccalaureate program at Hamline.  APPLY for the postbaccalaureate paralegal certificate program.

    Undergraduate Students
    The 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. 

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