Paralegals, whether they are employed on a full, part-time, or contracted basis, are increasingly in demand by corporate, government agencies, law firms, and other organizations because of the specific legal skills and knowledge they possess, making them indispensable to attorneys and the legal system.
American National University's Certificate in Paralegal Studies program - approved by the American Bar Association - is designed exclusively for students and professionals who have previously earned an Associate's or Bachelor's degree:
The Certificate in Paralegal Studies program's content was developed with careful consideration toward satisfying the American Bar Association's recommendations for paralegals' and legal assistants' continuing education, as well as their preparation for the National Association of Legal Assistants' (NALA) Certified Paralegal exam.
Also see Paralegal associate's degree program.
American National University's Paralegal studies program combines academic rigor with legal, technical and leadership skills to develop well-rounded paralegal professionals. Our graduates are prepared to pursue careers as legal assistants and paralegals to perform tasks in legal, corporate, non-profit or government organizations.
Your coursework and instructors will prepare you to take the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Examination (CLA/CP Exam) upon graduation to further improve your professional credentials.
American National University does not support the unauthorized practice of law. The unauthorized practice of law damages the legal profession and the public it serves. A paralegal may not provide any legal services directly to the public or hold himself or herself out as an individual qualified to render independent legal services to another. A paralegal shall comply with the applicable legal authority governing the unauthorized practice of law in the jurisdiction in which the paralegal is employed or resides.
¹While widely available, not all courses are available at all class times or offered every term. Check with a University Student Services representative.
²Refresher training is tuition-free for qualified students. Additional costs such as lab fees, books and supplies are the responsibilities of the student. Retraining is limited to the program from which the student graduated and is subject to space available.
If you would rather speak with a representative over the phone, call 888.956.2732.
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