• Paralegal Certificate Program Details

    Paralegal education prepares students to assist with substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney or to work in a law-related setting such as in corporate compliance, contracts administration, and the court system. Hamline's Paralegal Certificate does not lead to licensure as an attorney or to the practice of law.

    This certificate program is open to undergraduate students in all majors and to post-baccalaureate students.


    Certificate Requirements

    Required courses

    Legal specialty courses*

    Eight (8) additional credits of from the following list of legal specialty courses:

    Elective courses

    Four (4) credits of additional coursework from all legal studies legal specialty courses listed above or the following interdisciplinary law-related courses:

    • (topic: Landmark Trials in History)
    • (topic: Engendering Justice)


    Hamline legal specialty courses are approved by the American Bar Association pursuant to its standards for courses offered in "accelerated format" by combining class time with outside of class learning experience.

    In addition to the Hamline University Transfer of Credit Policies outlined in this bulletin, there are specific policies governing the transfer of legal specialty credits toward the paralegal certificate. The Legal Studies Department Chair must approve all credit transfers toward the paralegal certificate, except for those transferred from Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) and North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), ABA-approved programs with whom Hamline has articulation agreements. Students must complete at least 16 credits toward the paralegal certificate at Hamline, including the four-credit Practicum course (LGST 5900), which must be taken at Hamline to complete the program. Students may not transfer in more than 16 credits of legal specialty coursework.

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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.