•  Exciting changes are coming to Hamline's Paralegal Certificate program!

    Beginning fall 2018, students earning a paralegal certificate will be completing the core courses in the Master in the Study of Law (MSL).  They may continue on after earning the Certificate and complete the MSL with 14 additional credits in one of four concentrations including conflict resolution, social justice, advanced litigation practice, or professional practice management.

    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 prepares 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 a graduate-level program 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 information 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 by earning a paralegal certificate in rigorous courses; participate in the Law and Justice Society student organization; engage with the Center for Justice and Law; and seek induction in Hamline's chapter of LEX, a national paralegal honor society.

     ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. The 20 credit paralegal certificate fulfills the core of Hamline's Master in the Study of Law (MSL). By completing an additional 14 credits of coursework in one of four concentrations, students who earn the certificate can finish the MSL.

     “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:  20.  Required coursework includes 20 credits of ABA-approved legal specialty courses.

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

    Required Coursework:

    • LGST 8000: Foundations in Law (4 credits)
    • LGST 8020: Legal Writing and Research (4 credits)
    • LGST 8010: Civil Litigation Survey and Procedure (4 credits)
    • LGST 8012: Transactions and Contracts in Business (4 credits)
    • LGST 8015: Regulation in America (4 credits)


     Learning Outcomes: Hamline paralegal certificate graduates will be able to:

    • Demonstrate competence in key foundational areas of U.S. law including mastering knowledge of the structure, components, and functioning of the U.S. legal system.
    • Find, synthesize, and explain the reasoning and rules contained in legal authorities and apply them to a variety of legal situations using rule-based reasoning.
    • Master appropriate strategies and technologies to retrieve, use, and manage research materials and digital information effectively and efficiently, including effective legal citation.
    • Understand and fulfill ethical obligations required of professionals who work in legal environments.
    • Apply advanced legal knowledge and skills in legal practice experience. 

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    Graduate 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 and Master's in the Study of Law Degree from Hamline. To learn more contact Hamline's Graduate Admissions Office or attend a Graduate Legal Education Information Session where you will learn about the programs and have the opportunity to engage with faculty members and staff. 

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    Undergraduate Students

     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 Legal Studies Major with Paralegal Certificate at Hamline.

     * 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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