Paralegal Studies

Rockhurst's paralegal certificate program successfully prepares students to work in law offices, courts, corporations, government, bank trust departments and insurance claim offices.

  • Experienced Faculty: Courses are taught by practicing attorneys and judges with professional expertise in specialized areas of law.
  • Completion Time: Depending on your course load, you may be able to complete the program in two semesters.
  • Flexibility: The paralegal program is ideal for those working a full-time job. Evening and weekend classes are offered in the fall, spring and summer. One-credit-hour courses are available each semester in areas such as contract law, legal ethics, labor and employment law.
  • Start Anytime: You may enter the program during the fall, spring or summer.


Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours of coursework with a grade of C or better, including four required courses (PA 2000, PA 3400, PA 3600 and PA 4000) and at least six credit hours of elective paralegal courses. Courses may be applied as elective hours toward a bachelor's degree at Rockhurst University. Students with previous college work should request that an official transcript be sent to the director of transfer admission.

Minor in Paralegal Studies 
Students pursuing a degree at Rockhurst may minor in paralegal studies. This option provides you with an additional professional credential, and the courses required for the minor may be applied toward the certificate program. As the profession becomes more diversified, paralegals with a variety of skills and backgrounds are in high demand. Both the certificate and the minor in paralegal studies can be a valuable complement to a wide range of majors.

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