1. Who enrolls in the program?
The program is designed for students interested in the intricate workings of the law and how it relates to society. The program prepares the student in many facets of the legal system. Students interested in working in the court system, the government, in immigration services, guardian ad litem, consulting work, all benefit from the paralegal studies curriculum.
2. Does the paralegal Certificate program prepare students to practice law or to take a bar examination?
No, the Paralegal Certificate program does not prepare students to practice law or sit for a bar examination. 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.
3. What are the admissions requirements?
The program is open to students who hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school. Students may pursue their undergraduate degree concurrently but cannot earn the certificate until their undergraduate degree is conferred.
4. Do I have to take the GRE or the LSAT?
No, you need not take a standardized test to be admitted to the Paralegal Certificate program
5. Is the program accredited?
Yes. The Shepard Broad College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Paralegal Studies on-campus program is approved by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals.
6. Who is Nova Southeastern University?
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is the largest, private/independent university in Florida. NSU has provided traditional and distance educational options at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels to over 63,000 students since 1964.
7. How long will it take me to get my degree?
The Paralegal certificate usually takes one year to complete registering for full-time coursework. Students are encouraged to proceed at their own pace to successfully meet their professional, academic, and personal goals.
8. Can I work while I earn my degree?
Yes, the classes are offered online or in person throughout the year.
9. Does that mean I am totally free to check into and out of my online courses at any time?
It means that you are free to determine the times of day at which you wish to do your class work. The program is not, however, a free-form program permitting you to check in with each class infrequently. Rather, the courses provide a great deal of interactivity, requiring you to check into threaded discussion boards virtually each day.
10. Where will I take classes?
All courses are offered via the Internet using a system called Canvas. On-campus courses are offered at the Shepard Broad College of Law on the NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida.
11. So how does each class work?
Each course will require you to work, along with your classmates on a series of modules. All students must proceed through the modules together. Within each module (which roughly represents about a week of course time), each student must complete a reading assignment, click into audio or video clips constructed by the professor, respond to problems on a threaded discussion board and submit an assignment (often in the form of a quiz). Classes are taught by full-time faculty members from the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, as well as adjunct professors.
12. What type of technical support is offered to students?
Technical support is available through the NSU's Help Desk
13. What types of courses will be taught?
Students must complete 30 credits. The curriculum can be found here https://www.law.nova.edu/paralegal-certificate/index.html.
14. What will I earn at the end of the program?
At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion from the Shepard Broad College of Law.
15. How much will this cost?
Tuition is $1038 per credit hour. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Financial aid
is available for those who qualify.
16. When does the program start?
The program starts five times per year: Winter (January and March), Summer (May) and Fall (August and October).
17. How do I get help checking out items from the library?
Contact the main library at NSU, Alvin Sherman Library, 954-262-4613, for a library loan. As a paralegal student, you also have complete access to all the resources at the Panza Maurer Law Library.
18. Can I take all of my classes online?
If you wish to take the non-ABA approved certificate program, yes, you may take all classes online. If you are interested in the ABA approved paralegal certificate, students are required to take four classes in person on the main campus. The four classes are: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession, Legal Research and Writing I, Real Estate Practice I, and Family Law.
19. Can I get a job in the field as soon as I start taking classes?
Yes, many students begin working in a variety of legal fields upon completing their first class.
20. What will my transcript read?
Certificate in Paralegal Studies Program.
21. Who is my advisor?
Jen Birchfield firstname.lastname@example.org
will assist students for the duration of their program.
22. How do I register for classes?
Students will be given registration information before each term with suggested classes. Classes are also posted on the website. Students should register using the Webstar system. Contact your advisor for any further assistance.
23. What grading scale does the program use?
A = 93-100 C+ = 78-79
A- = 90-92 C = 73-77
B+ = 88-89 C- = 70-72
B = 82-87 D+ = 68-69
B- = 80-81 D = 60-67
F = below 60
24. What is a paralegal?
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."
25. What duties does a paralegal perform?
Paralegals supervised by a licensed attorney perform substantive and procedural aspects of legal work. Depending on the area of legal practice, a paralegals duty may include: interviewing clients, conducting legal research, assisting in discovery, drafting legal documents and correspondence, and managing the legal office.
26. Is there a paralegal studies honor society?
Yes, NSU has a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), a national paralegal honor society that inducts students with an overall GPA of 3.2 and a paralegal major GPA of at least 3.5 after completing 2/3 of the major requirements.
27. Why choose the paralegal program at NSU, Shepard Broad College of Law?
• Receive an education from a program housed in a law school. This program is one of two in the nation to be part of a law school.
• Access to endless legal and academic resources from an accredited law school.
• Faculty and mentors who are attorneys and judges.
• Flexible class schedule. Five start dates.
• The opportunity to conduct research and present at conferences with law faculty.
28. Will receiving a paralegal studies certificate prepare me for law school?
Receiving an education in paralegal studies will introduce you to a variety of legal facets and prepare you for the rigorous research and writing students face in law school. You will learn vital critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well.
29. Is there job placement for graduates? NSU Career Development
can assist in job placement opportunities.
30. Will graduates be able to sit for the NALA CLA exam?
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) offers a voluntary examination for a certificate for a fee. Although not required by the State of Florida, paralegals choose to take the exam to enhance their professional portfolio. Completing the paralegal studies certificate qualifies the student to sit for the CLA exam.