Certificate in Paralegal Studies

The Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies is designed to prepare individuals in the legal profession to perform as paralegals under the supervision of an attorney either in public or private practice, corporate or governmental law and other judicial agencies. Completion of the Certificate Program qualifies an individual for immediate employment. Academic credits successfully earned (grade of “C” or better) may be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts Degree program in Paralegal Studies.

Students who enroll in two courses each nine-week session may complete the certificate requirements in one academic year.

Prerequisites: PLS 125 Law in Society, PLS 126 Legal Research, and PLS 127 Legal Writing should be taken and passed with a grade of “C” or better before any other paralegal courses are taken. PLS 320 Litigation & Trial Practice and PLS 350 Business Organization should be taken before PLS 401 Internship.

A minimum grade of “C” is required in all major courses.

Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies Suggested Sequence

CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
PLSD 125 Law In Society 3
PLSD 126 Legal Research 3
PLSD 127 Legal Writing 3
PLSD 150 Torts and Personal Injury 3
PLSD 360 Criminal Law 3
PLSD 350 Business Organizations 3
PLSD 320 Litigation and Trial Practice 3
PLSD 310 Real Estate 3
PLSD 370 Domestic Relations 3
PLSD 401 Internship 3
Total Credit Hours   30

Coordinator: Dr. Anthony G. Davis

Hampton University
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 45 weeks

 

Q.  How much will this program cost me?*

A.  Tuition and fees: $8,865
Books and supplies: $1,500
On-campus room & board: not offered 

What other costs are there for this program?1

For further program cost information, visit http://www.hamptonu.edu/academics/continuing.cfm

* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

 

Q.  What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

A.  Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: * 

* There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.
The school has elected to provide the following additional information: XX% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

 

Q.  How long will it take me to complete this program?

A.  The program is designed to take 45 weeks to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2014-2015, *% finished in 45 weeks.

* Fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2014-15. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

 

Q.  What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A.  The job placement rate for students who completed this program is *%.

For further information about this job placement rate. 2

For further information about this job placement rate. 3

Both the institution's state and accreditor require the calculation of a job placement rate for this program.

Accreditor Rate: The job placement rate for students who completed this program is XX%.

For further information about this job placement rate. 2

State Rate: The job placement rate for students who completed this program is XX%.

For further information about this job placement rate. 3

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

* We are required to calculate this information; however, due to privacy concerns, we are unable to provide this data.

* We are required to calculate this information; however, there were no graduates in this program for the year 2014-15.

For more information on jobs related to this program. 3

For additional information related to this program and/or the information provided above. 2

1 Other costs for this program