Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

The Paralegal Studies Program, approved by the American Bar Association, offers students a balanced and varied background in theoretical and practical aspects of law, which are necessary for work as a paralegal. Over 50% of our graduates go on to work as paralegals or continue onto law school.  The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies provides a solid foundation for students aspiring to work in the legal field, go to law school or graduate school. It also develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the paralegal field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination
with other undergraduate majors/minors. The Montclair State University Paralegal Studies Program was the first program in New Jersey to receive American Bar Association approval. reviewed more than 200 post-associate and post-baccalaureate programs and selected the Post-BA Certificate in Paralegal Studies at Montclair State University as their favorite in New Jersey for 2018!

Paralegals (sometimes referred to as legal assistants or legal analysts) work under the supervision of an attorney, in a variety of areas ranging from real estate, litigation and family law to intellectual property, estate and criminal practice.

This is a 21-credit certificate with a requirement of a 2.75 overall GPA.

With the exception of giving legal advice, making court appearances and setting fees, a paralegal may carry out many tasks. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Program Requirements

Complete with a minimum 2.75 GPA:

Required Courses
PALG 210Law and Litigation3
PALG 312Research and Writing for Paralegals3
Selected Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Group A
Select 3-12 credits from the following:
Real Estate Law
Contract Law
Fundamentals of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Family Law
Corporations and Partnerships
Group B
Select 0-9 credits from the following:
Criminal Law and Procedure
Immigration Law
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
Computer-Assisted Research in the Legal Environment
Bankruptcy Law
Administrative Law and Procedure
Personal Injury Law
Computer Applications in the Legal Environment
Employment Law
Independent Study in Paralegal Studies
Special Topics in Paralegal Studies
Advanced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Consumer Law
Elder Law
Civil Trial Preparation
Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Criminal Trial Preparation
Law Office Management and Technology
Group C
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Juries and Justice
Rights, Liberties and American Justice
Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel
Law in Society: Criminal Law
Seminar or Internship
PALG 497Paralegal Seminar and Internship3
or PALG 498 Cooperative Education: Paralegal Studies
Total Credits21