• 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 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.

    ** 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.

    Paralegal Certificate Required Notice of Completion Form: Students completing their paralegal certificate must submit a Notice of Completion to the Legal Studies Department by the end of the semester prior to the semester of completion. The form confirms your intent to complete the certificate and is the only way to insure that your certificate will be issued in a timely and accurate manor. (Undergraduate Students: This form is required in addition to the Intent to Graduate form submitted to Student Services. Paralegal certificates are not officially earned and issued until you have completed your undergraduate degree in addition to the paralegal certificate requirements.)

  • News

    Interested in pursuing Hamline's 3-3 Program with the Mitchell Hamline School of Law? Join Hamline's legal studies program and an admissions counselor from Mitchell Hamline on Tuesday, November 1 from 11L30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an information session. Please RSVP to Meg Hobday at mhobday01@hamline.edu.

    Legal studies professor Meg Hobday collaborated with Rana Alexander of the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project to publish an article entitled It's on Us to Address Domestic Violence in the Paralegal Curriculum in the latest edition of the Paralegal Educator.

    The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota recently recognized Jenni Peredia '16 as its volunteer of the year. Peredia graduated with a double major in legal studies and Spanish, and earned her paralegal certificate from Hamline.