Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Do you enjoy discussing legal policy and building your knowledge base concerning the law? At Webster, we'll help you create a foundation based in law studies and provide you with the technical know-how to become a successful paralegal in today's society.

The Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies program is designed to provide the theoretical and practical education needed by those who work or desire to work as paralegals (legal assistants).

Areas of law offered in Topics courses include:

  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Probate
  • Business Organizations
  • Juvenile
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Property
  • Computers and Law
  • Family
  • Real Estate

Note: A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals or legal assistants may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Webster University's St. Louis area paralegal programs have been approved by the American Bar Association.

It is important to note that, at present, there is no state or federal licensure of paralegals, and that successful completion of Webster's certificate program should not be construed to imply state, federal, or board certification. All certificate courses must be taken at Webster University. Students may pursue the certificate by itself or integrate their certificate studies with their MA degree program.

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