If you possess a bachelor’s or requisite associate degree and wish to become a paralegal/legal professional, the 30-credit Paralegal Certificate is a concentrated legal option that prepares you to gain the practical education and competencies to work in the paralegal/legal field.
The Paralegal Certificate is ideal if you wish to become a paralegal and already possess a bachelor's or associate of science/arts degree that includes completion of ENG 1111 or 1114 or the equivalent.
As a college graduate, you may complete the requirements for this certificate in 18 months. You must submit an official transcript of your bachelor's or requisite associate degree.
Note: If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.
Approved by the American Bar Association since 1978, the Inver Hills Paralegal program prepares our graduates to work under the supervision of attorneys in civil, criminal, and family law, as well as in the areas of litigation, probate and estates, real estate, and business organizations.
Lawyers often can deliver legal services more efficiently and economically with the aid of paralegals. Although not independently licensed to practice law, paralegals are professionals trained to assist lawyers in specifically delegated substantive legal work for which lawyers are responsible.
Outcome and objectives
Our graduates are trained in the following skill areas:
- Apply and interpret the law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to lawyers
- Conduct competent legal research, writing, and communication
- Prepare legal documents
- Analyze procedural and substantive legal problems
- Interview clients and witnesses
- Investigate and manage cases
- Demonstrate technological skills and familiarity with computerized databases
Paralegals and program graduates do not practice law or give legal advice unless permitted by law.