Program Overview

Paralegals are trained to assist attorneys in all aspects of legal practice. They perform research, coordinate paperwork, review facts, draft legal documents, investigate cases, interview and prepare clients for court, file court papers and assist at hearings, mediations, and court proceedings. Paralegals find work in law firms, companies, government, and community service organizations. Paralegal responsibilities can involve long hours and hard work. Upon completing this certificate program, students will be prepared to do specialized legal work for lawyers, law offices, corporations or government agencies. 

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers an American Bar Association approved Certificate degree in Paralegal Studies to train students and certify them to perform legal research and develop the writing and professional skills necessary to become a successful paralegal. Students who complete the program are recognized by the American Bar Association and are considered members of the legal community from a career standpoint. 

The program is based in the context of a liberal arts education with a focus on the study of law in relation to politics, society, and history. The courses in the program will allow students to examine political influences, historical patterns, and economics relationships and the moral, philosophical, and ethnical foundations and implications of law. 

Students will be required to take a wide variety of classes involving the study of law, including legal research, law, ethnics, and society, computers in law, commercial transactions, legal research and writing, legal communication, interviewing and investigation, theories of liability, professional introduction, administrative law, family law, intellectual property, property law and applications, death and taxes, environmental law, women and the law, topics in paralegal studies, criminal law, corporate law and legal entities, crime scene investigation, and students will be required to complete an internship and a mentoring program in order to complete the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree.

    School Overview

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, 4-year, liberal arts women’s college located in Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The school was founded in 1840 and was associated with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1841, an academy for women was established by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. SMWC is the oldest Catholic women’s college in the nation. The school was actually the first women’s college to offer journalism courses and degree work for secondary education.

    At present, SMWC offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees in over 30 majors on-campus and online.


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