Kaplan University

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Kaplan University's Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program is designed to prepare students for the paralegal profession. To enroll in this program, students must have a bachelor's degree. Read more about Kaplan University's Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program here.

Official Program Name:

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Certificate

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program is intended for students who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to enter the paralegal profession. The program is designed to teach students how to conduct legal research and communicate effectively in a legal environment. Students will also have the opportunity to study legal ethics, law office management, civil litigation, and related topics.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

36-37 credits. Kaplan University defines and academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Required Courses for a Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Certificate Requirements

  • PA 101: The Paralegal Professional (5 credits)
  • PA 110: Civil Litigation (5 credits)
  • PA 201: Introduction to Legal Research (5 credits)
  • PA 205: Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing (5 credits)
  • PA 253: Legal Ethics (5 credits)
  • PA 305: Law Office Management (6 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PA 221: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning (5 credits)
    • PA 250: Family Law (5 credits)
    • PA 260: Criminal Law (5 credits)
    • PA 261: Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law (5 credits)
    • PA 300: Real Estate Law (6 credits)

Postgraduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After a earning a Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Kaplan University, students may be interested exploring continuing education through a master's or professional studies program. Completing a graduate-level program may allow students to seek out more advanced positions in the legal field.

Degree option for certificate program graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies
  • Juris Doctor
  • Executive Juris Doctor

Career Paths:

Kaplan University's Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program is designed to prepare students for employment within the paralegal profession. Students will have the opportunity to gain the specialized knowledge needed to seek employment with law firms, legal departments, insurance companies, real estate firms, banks, and government agencies.

Positions that program graduates could pursue include:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Legal secretary

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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