Build a Future in the Legal Profession

The Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law gives you the expertise to make a real difference in a law office. Direct your talents toward assisting public and private sector attorneys as they prepare for hearings and trials with the knowledge and experience to support clients who are facing challenging situations.

Position yourself in the employment marketplace with a layer of legal knowledge that is in tremendous demand across the country.

Quick Facts

Curriculum

NSU’s Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is 30 credits.

Delivery Options

Study online, on campus, or a hybrid of both.

Tuition

Tuition is $1,150 per credit hour. Additional fees apply. See Tuition and Fees for details.

Start Dates

The program starts five times per year: Winter (January and March), Summer (May) and Fall (August and October).

A Certificate Designed for Your Career and Your Life

Paralegal Certificate Courses

Courses
Credits
ULAW 1150
Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession (ULAW 1150 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 2100
Legal Research Methods and Reasoning (ULAW 2100 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 2200
Computer Applications for the Legal Profession (ULAW 2200 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 3050
Criminal Law and Procedure (ULAW 3050 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 3260
Real Estate Practice and Procedure I (ULAW 3260 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 3300
Torts and Civil Procedure (ULAW 3300 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 3360
Wills, Trusts, and Estates I (ULAW 3360 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 3400
Business Relations and Organizations (ULAW 3400 / Credits: 3 )
3
ULAW 3550
Family Law (ULAW 3550 / Credits: 3 )
3
Any 4000 level course ( / Credits: 3 )
3

The Paralegal Certificate Program is open to any student who has successfully completed an undergraduate (BS or BA) degree, and focuses on the skills you will need to become a legal professional, assisting attorneys at public or private law practices. Here’s how the program works:

  • Complete 30 credits of paralegal studies courses.
  • Submit a paralegal portfolio at an exit interview with the program coordinator upon successful completion of the coursework.
  • Online Paralegal Studies (LEGS) courses require proctored exams at approved sites.
  • The American Bar Association requires that a minimum of 9 credits of coursework be taken in a synchronous format (online, but at the same time as the on-campus course)
  • Transfer up to 12 credits of “legal specialty” courses taken in a program approved by the American Bar Association. Only courses that you have taken in the last five years will be considered and must be substantially similar to an existing NSU paralegal studies course. You must have passed the course with a grade “C” or higher, and the course must be approved by the paralegal studies program coordinator.

2022-2023 Estimated Expenses

Tuition (per credit hour) - $1,150

Student Services Fee (per term) - $300-$600

Payment is due when registration is completed. If payment is not received 30 days after start of term, the student will be assessed a late fee. If payment is not received by the end of the term, the student will not be allowed to register for the next term or view final grades. Please visit the Bursar's website for more information on payments.

You must be registered for a minimum of six credits (two courses) to be eligible to receive aid. In the case of a two part term, such as Winter or Fall, you may either register for two courses only in Part 1 or 2 or one course in Part 1 and one course in Part 2. However, you must be registered for both classes prior to the start of Part 1 to be eligible to receive aid.

A student must remain in good standing with the Bursar's Office. If the student's account is not clear of charges before a registration period begins, the student will not be permitted to register for classes.

Tuition and Student Service Fees do not cover the cost of textbooks. Textbook prices will vary from term to term, with some professors not requiring any textbooks; however, it is fair to estimate a few hundred dollars per term to cover the cost of textbooks.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Note that although this a post-baccalaureate certificate program, tuition and financial aid funds are part of the undergraduate aid allotment. Apply for financial assistance and view additional information by going to the NSU Student Financial Assistance Website.

LEX Chapter Scholarships

NSU Scholarships

Tuition and Fees are subject to change.

Paralegal Certificate Program Term Dates

 

Fall 2022 

Classes:
Term I: Monday August 22, 2022 – Sunday October 16, 2022
Term II: Monday October 17, 2022- Sunday December 11, 2022
Full Semester: Monday August 22, 2022 - Sunday December 11,2022

Sample Schedule

A paralegal, as defined by the American Bar Association, is "a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible." The goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level paralegal positions in the common areas of law practice. Paralegals are nonlawyers and therefore are prohibited from the unauthorized practice of law. This program trains paralegals and is not a program for training lawyers or legal administrators.

Take The Next Step

If you are ready to make a world of difference—in your career and in society—think of us as your support team. You soon could be driving change in your life and in the wider world. What are you waiting for?

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