Certificate in Paralegal Studies

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Required Courses

  • ACC225 Financial Accounting (3) - CT
  • CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI
  • PAR201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3)
  • PAR301 Legal Research and Writing (4) - WI
  • PAS302 Law Office Computer Technology (3)
  • PAR303 Litigation (3)
  • Paralegal Studies Electives: Select 9 credits from the following:
    • PAR/BA304 Contract Law (3)
    • PAR/BA305 Real Property Law (3)
    • PAR306 Tort Law (3)
    • PAR307 Criminal Law and Procedure (3)
    • PAR308 Family Law (3)
    • PAR401 Elder & Estates Law (3)
    • PAR402 Environmental Law (3)
    • PAR/BA403 Business and Corporate Law (3)
    • PAR404 Intellectual Property (3)
    • PAR405 Immigration Law (3)
    • PAR/BA406 Bankruptcy Law (3)
    • PAR408 Administrative Law (3)
    • PAR409 Advanced Litigation (3)
    • PAR410 Advanced Research and Writing (3) - WI
    • PAR450 Paralegal Internship (3)
    • PAR460 Paralegal Studies Senior Project (3) - CT; ILIT; RP; WI

TOTAL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS = 28 CREDITS

 

Internship

Internship/Career Field Experience

Although not required, students have the option of completing PAR450 Paralegal Internship (3) as one of the Paralegal Studies electives.

Requirements for Admission to the Certificate Program

At the time of admission to the program, students must possess a baccalaureate degree from Daemen College or other accredited institution, OR be currently enrolled in a degree program (other than the BS, Paralegal Studies program) at Daemen College.

Post-baccalaureate students will be eligible for admission under the following circumstances

  1. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 in bachelors degree program
  2. Successful completion of CMP101 English Composition (or its equivalent) with a minimum grade of B
  3. Successful completion of PAR 201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies with minimum grade of C
  4. Submission of an application essay
  5. Attendance at the orientation seminar

Daemen students from other majors will be eligible for admission under the following circumstances

  1. Successful completion (with minimum grades of C) of 24 credits of college level course work and sophomore standing
  2. Successful completion of CMP101 English Composition (or its equivalent) with a minimum grade of B
  3. Successful completion of PAR 201 Introduction to Paralegal Studies with minimum grade of C
  4. Submission of an application essay
  5. Attendance at the orientation seminar

Admission to Upper Division: Paralegal Certificate

In addition to the requirements for admission to the certificate program which are referenced above, students must achieve an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or better in ACC225, CMP101, and PAR201.

Transfer of Paralegal Studies Courses

A maximum of 25% of paralegal studies courses may be transferred to meet certificate requirements.

Requirements for Completion of the Certificate Program

  1. Successful completion of a baccalaureate program at Daemen or other accredited institution
  2. A minimum grade of B in CMP101 and a minimum grade of C in PAR201
  3. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 in paralegal studies courses.
  4. Filing of an Application for Certificate form with the Registrar’s Office in the first week of the final term (Fall, Spring, or Summer) prior to program completion. (Forms are available upon request from the Paralegal Studies Office.)  NOTE: Participation in the Commencement ceremony is not applicable to certificate candidates.

*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

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