Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

Coordinator: Nicole A. Fackina

The Department of Justice Studies offers a Paralegal Studies Certificate Program for post-baccalaureate students, which includes a balanced and varied background in the legal fundamentals, appropriate skills, and practical field work experience necessary for employment as a legal assistant. The program develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the paralegal field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination with a student's undergraduate degree.

The Montclair State University Paralegal Studies Program is the first and only state college or university in New Jersey to receive American Bar Association approval.  A certificate of completion is awarded to all students who meet program standards, fulfill the 21 credits required in the program, maintain a 2.75 GPA, and have completed a bachelor's degree.

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
Selected 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