Legal Studies for the Paralegal, Certificate of Proficiency

Florissant Valley and Meramec

The Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies for the Paralegal prepares and enhances student knowledge and skills for careers in the paralegal profession.

The certificate is designed for students who have the following:

  • a college degree, either an associate or bachelor, in any subject matter;
  • or a minimum of 60 college credit hours which include Communications (3 credit hours), Social Science (3 credit hours), Science/Mathematics (3 credit hours)  and Business (9 credit hours);
  • or a department approval to be limited to persons with five or more years of experience working under the direct supervision of an attorney in a law office, company, corporation or court.

Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Federal and Missouri statutes, cases, regulations and court systems.  Students will be able to describe the legal process as well as study concepts from various specific areas of law.  Students develop skills in analyzing legal problems, drafting/preparing legal documents and enhancing their professional development.  

Persons interested in this program should have an interest in the law. They should be self-motivated, able to work without supervision and have good oral and written communication skills.

Graduates are qualified for positions as paralegals in private law firms, corporations, government agencies, or other businesses.

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Required Courses
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I
LGL 110Introduction to Law3
LGL 111Law Office Management3
LGL 113Computers and the Law3
LGL 217Legal Research3
LGL 218Legal Writing3
LGL 235Civil Litigation3
Legal Studies Electives12
Group One Electives (select at least two courses from the Group One Electives)
Contract Law
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
Tort Law
Family Law
Group Two Electives
Real Estate Law
Administrative Law
Employment Law
Topics in Law
Advanced Civil Litigation
Paralegal Clinical Studies 1
Workplace Learning: Paralegal 1
Total Credit Hours33