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Major Announcement

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals recently announced a significant change in its criteria. As of January 1, 2020, the requirement that four (4) courses in an ABA-approved program previously required to be conducted physically at the institution or in an affiliated organization may now be conducted via videoconferencing or other synchronous interactive video systems. This now makes it possible for students to complete the entire ABA-approved paralegal program via distance education!

DEAC Accredited Paralegal Certificate Program

Online ABA-Approved Paralegal Certificate Program

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DEAC Accredited Paralegal Certificate Program

American National University’s Certificate in Paralegal Studies program - approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) - is designed exclusively for students and professionals who have previously earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree:

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. Please remember that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

We offer the nation’s first DEAC accredited online paralegal certificate program that is approved by the ABA.

The ABA-approved paralegal certificate program’s content was developed with careful consideration toward satisfying the American Bar Association’s recommendations for paralegals’ continuing education, as well as their preparation for the national paralegal certification exam.

Also see Paralegal associate's degree program.

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Your Learning Experience

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 paralegals to perform tasks in legal, corporate, non-profit or government organizations.

Paralegal Certificate Program Goals and Objectives

The Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies is designed for students who have already earned an academic associate or bachelor’s degree and wish to develop the skills necessary to become a paralegal. The program provides a broad‐based understanding of the core areas of law and the court system, including terminology used in the legal system and how to understand legal documents, contracts, and other legal material. Graduates are prepared to draft routine pleadings and other legal documents, interview clients, conduct independent research of non–legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the education and training required of a paralegal, and recognize the guidelines and ethical responsibilities of the profession and the importance of legal research and writing.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history, origin and structure of the American legal system, identify and use major tools, software, and sources of American law.
  3. Explain the difference between criminal and civil law and interpret various categories of civil law, such as torts, contract law, corporate law, property law, family law, and wills and estates.
  4. Draft basic legal documents such as complaints, answers, and contracts, interview clients, conduct independent research of non–legal matters and simple legal questions, and draft legal memoranda.

Earn Your Online Paralegal Certificate

The paralegal certificate program is available online through ANU’s eUniversity. With our distance learning program, we bring the university directly to you. You can take all the required classes online with videoconferencing or other interactive video systems. Students are required to take 16 quarter hours of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

Your coursework and instructors will prepare you to take the national paralegal certification exam upon graduation to further improve your professional credentials.


Meet the Dean of Paralegal Studies – Wendy Notz, JD


Why American National University?

¹Refresher 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.


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