Work with the law to make a difference.

Equipping students with the fundamental knowledge and applied skills imperative for the paralegal profession and beyond.

Sample Careers
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Legal Analyst
  • Compliance Specialist
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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

In addition to serving law firms and corporate legal departments in traditional paralegal roles, paralegals and professionals with a paralegal education commonly use their skills in various legal and law-related careers, including criminal justice, compliance, corporate governance, human resources, real estate, health care, public policy, public interest services, and more. The Paralegal Studies Certificate from Concordia enhances a student's undergraduate degree by blending traditional and experiential learning philosophies with a simulation-focused approach to developing the learner's legal acumen, analytical and critical thinking aptitudes, research and writing competencies, and strategic problem-solving skills.

  • This certificate program is available to:
    • students enrolled in a traditional undergraduate or accelerated program at Concordia as an add-on certificate
    • students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and wish to earn this certificate without additionally enrolling in a separate degree program
  • The curriculum is offered online as self-paced, 8-week courses and traditional formats.
  • Students must complete 21 credits with a minimum grade of "C" in each paralegal course.
What to Expect

In addition to those entering the paralegal field, this program will be advantageous for students who are interested in law school or want to complement their degree with a valuable set of skills attractive to a variety of employers. Students completing this program will be armed with foundational knowledge and practical tools for legal and law-related careers.


  • Paralegals and others completing this program may not provide legal services directly to the public unless expressly permitted by state law. Consult your state's laws regulating the practice and unauthorized practice of law.
  • Although this certificate can be taken regardless of degree level completion and as a standalone program, a bachelors or associates degree is strongly recommended in addition to this certificate for employment as a paralegal.

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