• 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.


  •  Required courses (20 credits 

    • 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)


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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 Graduate Paralegal Certificate from Hamline. Earn your certificate in as little as nine months. To learn more about how you can pursue a Graduate Paralegal Certificate contact Hamline's Graduate Admissions  Office or attend a Graduate Legal Education Information Session where you will learn about the program and have the opportunity to engage with program faculty and staff. 

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    Undergraduate Students

    The Legal Studies department offers the Graduate Paralegal Certificate to undergraduate students as a pathway within the Legal Studies major. After completing 16 credits of undergraduate coursework in the major and completing a brief application, students may register for the Graduate Paralegal Certificate courses. 

    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 the Graduate Paralegal Certificate Pathway. 

    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.