Paralegal Specialist Certificate
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Behind every successful lawyer is a highly organized paralegal specialist with the relevant knowledge and skills to keep things operating smoothly. If you’re fascinated by the American judicial system and want to play an integral role in it, National University’s Paralegal Specialist Certificate can help you prepare for an exciting, in-demand career.
Depending on your specific area of interest, NU offers you a choice of three certificates focusing on corporate law, criminal law, or litigation. No matter which path you choose, you’ll learn a variety of skills, from conducting research and investigating the facts of a case to writing or summarizing reports to help lawyers prepare for trials.
Each certificate is tailored to include training in substantive legal analysis, drafting legal documents, and understanding procedural matters. This program is approved by the American Bar Association and offered online and on-site in the Los Angeles Region.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Students must take at least nine semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.
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