Program Overview

Saginaw Valley State University offers a two-part online Certificate in Paralegal Studies that will prepare the student to join the legal profession. This self-paced online program is convenient, practical, and affordable with classes beginning every-other month throughout the year. Students enrolled in this program will receive interactive, online content that is easy to manage and work through, one-on-one coaching with a mentor to assist students through the program and answer questions regarding the material, as well as a program syllabus outlining step-by-step instructions to complete each program.

The Executive Certificate in Paralegal Studies is the first portion of the program and a prerequisite for admission into the Advanced Certificate in Paralegal Studies. Each certificate is comprised of three courses and lasts six weeks; with a one-week break in between each course. The Executive Certificate courses include:

  • Introduction to Legal Studies & Ethics
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Civil Litigation
The Advanced Certificate in Paralegal Studies is the final step in completing the program. The Advanced Certificate courses include:
  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate

This certificate program offers unique benefits to all students by providing practical application to focus on the skills that employers most desire including interviewing clients, gathering facts, legal research, legal writing and much more. All students will create a portfolio of written motions, legal documents and legal writing as part of a Practicum Portfolio. The portfolio may be presented to prospective employers during job interviews. And this program provides placement services including resume writing, interview techniques and job placement assistance.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Saginaw Valley State University is a public, state institution located in University Center, Michigan. This institution was founded in 1963 and became state-supported in 1965. Throughout the 70s, the institution grew to incorporate masters programs and an increase in available degrees for undergraduate students. Part of the mission of Saginaw Valley State University is "by fostering an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serve, the university prepares its graduates whose leadership and expertise contribute to the advancement of a pluralistic society."

    SVSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as professional certificates and doctorates, from the following colleges:

    • College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences
    • College of Business and Management
    • College of Education
    • College of Health and Human Sciences
    • College of Science, Engineering and Technology

    Saginaw Valley State University, together with Ed4Online helps students to train for a new career or advance in a current career through online, self-paced, open enrollment programs.

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