Program Overview

Yavapai College offers a post-baccalaureate certificate for students seeking additional knowledge and skills needed to excel in positions related to Paralegal Studies. The certificate will build on students’ already learned material while also introducing key concepts critical to the legal studies field. Students should attempt to gain supplemental skills through 32 credit hours that culminate concepts needed for successful entry into a paralegal position. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and complete the clerical, administrative, and assistant responsibilities needed to prepare legal documents, acquire, and maintain information as well as client communication.

The Paralegal Studies certificate program intends to prepare graduate students for entry into a specialty area of legal work. Earning a higher education in the area of paralegal studies may strengthen a student’s awareness of essential concepts of legalities behind common judicial actions. Successful students may also combine the paralegal studies certificate with a major or a minor in criminal justice, political science, economics, environmental studies, psychology to name a few. The added focus of the paralegal studies will specialize the graduate student’s abilities.

Students will partake in a series of courses that enhance prior knowledge with the specialized concepts related to law and paralegal responsibilities. Students have the option of completing 32 credit hours in courses including Family Law, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, and Civil Tort Litigation.

Graduates of the post-baccalaureate Paralegal Studies program may be able to enter the competitive job market with the advanced understanding of core legal proceedings, administration abilities, and a solid foundation for future career aspirations for becoming a lawyer, police officer, criminologist, federal agent, criminal psychologist, or legal advisor in a business setting. Students may use the legal curriculum to seek positions within law firms, legal aid, paralegal assistants, government and many more.

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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

    Requirements

    Interested students must already hold a valid Bachelor degree.

    School Overview

    Yavapai College is a public, two-year, community college that was founded in 1965. The main campus is located in Prescott, Arizona with satellite campuses located throughout Arizona. Yavapai College has the mission of providing quality, higher learning and cultural resources for the diverse populations of Yavapai County.

    Yavapai College offers a wide variety of programs leading to certificates, degrees, and transfer programs. To help accommodate students with hectic schedules, Yavapai College offers weekday classes, evening classes, weekend classes and even online classes for students who may be unable to commute to campus.

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