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Undergraduate Paralegal Specialist Certificate

Faculty Advisor: Bryan Hance * (310) 662-2115 * bhance@nu.edu

This program option requires the completion of 90 quarter units of coursework. It includes 8 courses (36 quarter units), all of which are legal specialty courses. Please note that a minimum of 27 quarter units of general education course work (across at least three disciplines, such as social science, natural science, mathematics, humanities, foreign language, and English) are required by the American Bar Association. All lower division general education courses must be completed at National University or another regionally-accredited institution. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree.

Students may earn more than one Paralegal Specialist Certificate. Generally, any course completed for any one Paralegal Specialist Certificate need not be repeated and will apply towards other Paralegal Specialist Certificates.

Each certificate is tailored to include training in substantive legal analysis, drafting legal documents, and understanding procedural matters.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the Paralegal Specialist Certificate in one of the following six areas:

  • Litigation
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law

Requirements

Corporations Specialization

Requirements for the Certificate
(8 courses; 36 quarter units)
PLX 1000X Torts
PLX 1001X Leg Res Wrtg-Briefing/Analysis
PLX 1002X Contracts
PLX 1003X Leg Res Wrtg-Legal Memo
PLX 1804X Foundations of Property Law
PLX 1005X Computers & the Law
PLX 1806X Legal Writing Project
  Prerequisite: PLX 1001X, and PLX 1003X
PLX 1808X Essentials of Corporate Law

Criminal Law Specialization

Requirements for the Certificate
(8 courses; 36 quarter units)
PLX 1000X Torts
PLX 1001X Leg Res Wrtg-Briefing/Analysis
PLX 1002X Contracts
PLX 1003X Leg Res Wrtg-Legal Memo
PLX 1804X Foundations of Property Law
PLX 1005X Computers & the Law
PLX 1806X Legal Writing Project
  Prerequisite: PLX 1001X, and PLX 1003X
PLX 1808X Essentials of Corporate Law

Litigation Specialization

Requirements for the Certificate
(8 courses; 36 quarter units)
PLX 1000X Torts
PLX 1001X Leg Res Wrtg-Briefing/Analysis
PLX 1002X Contracts
PLX 1003X Leg Res Wrtg-Legal Memo
PLX 1804X Foundations of Property Law
PLX 1005X Computers & the Law
PLX 1806X Legal Writing Project
  Prerequisite: PLX 1001X, and PLX 1003X
PLX 1807X Litigation Essentials