ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate

If you’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree and are looking to transition into a legal career, choose Peirce’s Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies. Peirce’s intensive, one-year paralegal certificate program will jump-start your legal career. Our American Bar Association-approved program is designed to give you a practical legal foundation and the skills needed for a successful career.

Students take the certificate's four foundational classes on campus, and the rest of the courses can be completed online or on campus. Graduates will be prepared to work as a paralegal or continue on to law school. and work toward earning an advanced degree.

Curriculum for Our ABA-Approved Paralegal Program

Paralegal Certificate Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 25

PRC 101Peirce College Orientation1
LGL 100The Paralegal Profession3
LGL 102Legal Research3
LGL 113Legal Writing3
LGL 117Civil Litigation3
LGL 201Contract Law3
LGL 207Criminal Law3
LGL 215Professional Legal Responsibility3
LGL 219Legal Technology3


Careers for Paralegal Studies Certificate Holders

Our on-campus and online Paralegal Studies certificate programs prepare you for a career in law firms, corporate offices, with the government, or in many other industries. In the Philadelphia region, graduates of the Paralegal Studies programs have careers with law firms; government and administrative agencies; and with major businesses, hospitals and colleges and universities.

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program can continue their education at law school or go on to a master’s degree program in legal studies, business law, criminal justice or other areas of study. For more information about potential paralegal careers for Peirce graduates, visit our Legal Careers page.

It is important to note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Paralegals work under the direct supervision of attorneys. 

Click here to learn about the gainful employment disclosures on the types of jobs you can get with a certificate in this program, graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information.


Apply for Our Paralegal Certificate Program Today

Our Paralegal Studies Programs provide a foundation that opens the door to a variety of opportunities. So many life factors are impacted by our legal process. Our students understand and can navigate that process, increasing their options in terms of charting a professional career path.

Interested in a degree in Paralegal Studies? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application or apply using our online application.

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