Paralegal Studies Certificate (M)


The Paralegal Studies Certificate program will empower and equip students with the skills and acumen necessary to successfully initiate, grow, pursue their skills in legal contexts, and to think precisely, analytically, and creatively in relation to law, justice, and public policy matters. Paralegal Studies encompasses both a vocation and a way of thinking. It is characterized by attention to detail, logical reasoning, mental agility, versatility, the ability to identify and discern issues, critically synthesize and parse information and concepts, challenging oneself, and ethically and professionally resolving problems. Emboldened by CU’s Christian mission of service to the Church and the world, emerging paralegal students will be challenged to look through a service-oriented lens to benefit the legal profession, assist in the development and administration of public policy, promote justice support the economic community, and strive to address conflict with Christian principles.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program is to be a dynamic neighbor and partner with organizations and communities in need of legal resources and is dedicated to training, nurturing, and developing valuable, ethical, and legal professionals through cultivating the knowledge and skills fundamental to achieving these ends.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program is to offer a Christ-centered approach to educating, training, and developing students for a career in the paralegal or other legal environments. The curriculum is based on the study of legal principles and the practical application of the law through scenario-based learning.

Course Requirements

Required Courses12
Intro Paralegal Studies/Ethics
Legal Research & Writing I
Legal Research & Writing II
Civil Litigation I
Select three (3) from the following list:9
Civil Litigation II
Substantive Criminal Law
Tort Law
Contract Law
Legal Aspects of Business Org
Debtor and Creditor Relations
Employment Law
Real Estate Law
Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Procedural Criminal Law
Administrative Law
Environmental Regulation
Family Law
Insurance Law
Paralegal Internship
Total Hours21