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Online Paralegal Certificate

Paralegal certification program fully online

Today's job market is better than ever for you to earn a paralegal certificate. Employers are eager to hire accredited applicants, and they're increasing wages as organizations streamline operations. With an online paralegal certificate from Hamline, you will:

  • Become an expert in foundational areas of US law, including the structure, components, and functioning of the US legal system
  • Master strategies and technologies to retrieve, use, and manage research materials and information like legal citations effectively and efficiently
  • Couple advanced legal knowledge and skills with practical experience

Hamline’s accredited paralegal program is American Bar Association (ABA) approved—a national hallmark of excellence that many law firms and companies require—and recognized as a leader in legal education. Take the next step in your legal career and join our network of alumni dating back nearly 40 years.

Paralegal certificate online program overview

Are courses offered online and on campus? 

Courses are offered online, with synchronous live instruction once per week from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Central Time, for the equivalent of 9 credits of synchronous learning across the program.

When can I start?  You can apply and begin the program any term, including summer term
How long will it take me to earn my paralegal certificate? Get your certificate in as few as nine months and choose the pace that works best for you
Already have your paralegal certificate? Earn your Master in Study of Law for Paralegals in just 12 months, all with the flexibility and convenience of an online program

Participating in mock trial was the first time I felt like something clicked, something that I could see myself doing. I’ve learned so much from my legal studies classes, and mock trial and my internship at a law firm added to that."

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The 20-credit core paralegal certification program is approved by the American Bar Association for the training of paralegals. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to clients or to the public, except as permitted by law. Neither the paralegal certificate nor Master in the Study of Law degree qualify the recipient to sit for the bar examination or work as a lawyer.

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