Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Certificate Program

The paralegal studies certificate program is an ABA-approved, non-degree certificate program available to students who have a baccalaureate degree and a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work and are currently pursing a master's degree at Texas State. This certificate program is designed to prepare students to perform as highly qualified paralegals (also referred to as “legal assistants”) with both a theoretical knowledge of substantive law as well as practical skills. A paralegal is not licensed to practice law but is trained to handle certain law related responsibilities under the supervision and direction of a licensed attorney. Applicants to this program must also successfully complete an interview with the director of the paralegal program. This certificate program requires concurrent enrollment in the Master of Arts degree with a major in Legal Studies Program at Texas State University. 

Course Work Requirements

To receive a certificate in the program, all students must successfully complete a 24-hour curriculum while maintaining an overall “B” average and must receive a “B” or better in each required course.

Required Courses
LS 5310Introduction to the Paralegal Profession and Legal Technology3
LS 5320Legal Research3
LS 5330Legal Theories and Analysis3
LS 5340Litigation3
LS 5350Legal Drafting3
LS 5389Law Office Internship3
Select 6 hours from the following:6
Administrative Law
Family Law
Business Organizations
Estates and Trusts
Real Estate
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law and Procedure
Social Legislation
Intellectual Property Law
Contract Law
Issues and Problems in Law
Total Hours24

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please see The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Prospect_Students/Pgms_Apps/TXST_Cert.html.