Curriculum

Curriculum
The Paralegal Certificate Program’s curriculum is based on the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) guidelines and the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). As a member of AAfPE, our Program is in substantial compliance with its course guidelines. This ensures that our students receive an education based on ABA guidelines and at par with that of any Paralegal Certificate Program in the United States. The Paralegal Certificate Program is comprised of 9 courses. Each class will meet for 90 minutes once per week for 14 weeks. By just attending school twice a week, you will obtain your Paralegal Certificate in just one year.

Semester 1 (Core Courses):

  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Civil Procedures
  • Legal Research & Writing

Semester 2:

  • Torts
  • Criminal Law/ Evidence
  • Family Law

Semester 3:

  • Business Law (Contracts/Business Organization)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Property Law (Real Estate/Estates & Trusts)

Students enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate Program can obtain additional specializations to enhance their studies. Different electives will be offered on Saturday mornings each semester and will be available at a discounted rate for students enrolled in the paralegal program or for LSI graduates.

  • Law Office Management
  • Advanced Litigation
  • Trial Techniques
  • Bankruptcy Procedures
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Immigration Procedures

The Administration of the Legal Studies Institute reserves the right to modify, delete, cancel or change programs, tuition fees and faculty as deemed necessary.