The LSU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is the only ABA-Approved non-credit program in Louisiana.
Earn your certificate in as little as one year.
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Whether you are looking for a career right out of graduation, planning to attend law school in the future, or are looking for a career change, the LSU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is designed to train students to effectively perform professional tasks in a law setting. Graduates from this program will have the foundational knowledge and necessary skills that are required for a career as a paralegal. With evening courses, this program is designed to work around your busy schedule, and full-time students can graduate with their certificate in as little as one year.
The LSU Paralegal Studies Program began in 1982. It is a college-level, non-credit program leading to a Certificate of Paralegal Studies. Upon completing the curriculum, you will be able to:
Paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney and are not allowed to give independent legal advice, represent clients in court, or settle claims on behalf of clients. Paralegals who do so may be charged with the crime of unauthorized practice of law.
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You may begin the program in the spring or fall semester. You should apply at least 30 days before the start of each semester. There is a $40 application fee, and you need an official copy of your transcript showing your degree. If you do not have a degree, you must have at least 45 hours of college credit, with a 2.3 overall grade point average.
The total curriculum costs range from $5,075 to $5,200 plus books. The program is semester based so you pay as you register for courses.
The Paralegal Studies Program does not qualify for federal financial aid or Pell Grants. However, students may apply for a continuing education loan through banking institutions such as Campus Federal Credit Union.
Note: Prices are subject to change. Cost does not include the price of textbooks. Contact an Enrollment Coach to see what savings you may qualify for.
In order to earn the paralegal certificate, a student must take six required courses, two paralegal electives, the internship, and the online legal ethics seminar. Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.
The required courses, each of which is offered during every fall and spring semester, are as follows:
The internship is a supervised field experience in which the student works as a paralegal in a local law office, government agency or corporation. Students do their internship in their final semester of the program and are given a choice of sponsors. The internship consists of a total of 150 hours; 146 hours of hands-on work at the internship site and 4 hours of meetings and workshops designed to support and enhance the internship experience.
Students choose two electives from the following list. The electives are offered on a rotating basis at the discretion of the program, unless otherwise indicated. At least 3 electives are offered in the spring and fall semesters.
The majority of paralegal students have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and we recommend that students complete their bachelor’s degree before earning a paralegal certificate. However, students will be considered for admission without a bachelor’s degree if they meet these requirements:
18 of the 45 hours of college credit must be general education courses, which means they are from at least three of these disciplines:
Applicants who have attended another ABA-approved paralegal studies program can transfer up to 10 credit hours or two non-credit paralegal legal specialty courses. The transfer courses allowed are at the discretion of the program to ensure that the courses are equivalent to Louisiana state-specific law. No course with a grade lower than a "C" will be accepted as transfer. Applicants must provide an official copy of the transcript with a course description to ensure that the academic quality and integrity of the program are upheld.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a personal statement.
LSU offers two program-length options:
Courses are held either in the evening or offered asynchronously. The internship course meets as a class at noon four times throughout the semester. We do not have any weekend classes We do not have any weekend classes.
Earning your Paralegal Studies Certificate at LSU prepares you for valuable work as a:
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