The LSU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program provides a faster pathway for you to pursue a rewarding legal career. Study with experienced instructors in eight paralegal courses (two of which are legal-specialty electives), a 150-hour internship, and an online legal ethics seminar. With night courses and convenient scheduling options, this program works with your busy schedule. This non-credit certificate is the only one in Louisiana to be approved by the American Bar Association.


The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is offered live online with full- and part-time formats to fit your schedule. If you attend full-time, the certificate program can be completed in one year; part-time can take up to 2.5 years. Each class meets once a week for 2.5 hours. Program requirements include six required courses, a legal ethics seminar, two paralegal electives, and a 150-hour internship. Classes are held either live online in the evenings or self-paced.

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Admission Requirements

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:

  • At least 45 semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university (remedial courses do not count).
  • At least a 2.3 grade point average.

18 of the 45 hours of college credit must be general education courses, which means they are from at least three of these disciplines:

  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Math
  • Humanities
  • Foreign Languages
  • English
  • Successful completion of a standardized aptitude test

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a personal statement.

If you are interested in taking up to two courses in the paralegal program for your own personal enrichment as a non-certificate student or if you do not meet the entrance requirements, you may be able to apply as an exceptional student. Contact the paralegal office for more information.


The total curriculum cost ranges from $5,075 to $5,200, plus books. The program is semester based; therefore, you pay as you register for courses.

For more information about this program, contact the program coordinator Alanna Clanton at or (225) 578-6760.

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