The major Legal Studies with Graduate Paralegal Certificate is for students who desire work as paralegals, or seek employment in a field or industry where knowledge of the law and skills of a paralegal will provide added value to their employers. Hamline’s Paralegal program is American Bar Association (ABA) approved - a national hallmark of excellence required by many law firms and companies - and recognized as a leader in legal education.
This major allows career-focused students - especially transfer students - to earn the ABA approved Graduate Paralegal Certificate within the BA. Students desiring careers in the rapidly growing fields of paralegals or legal assistants will gain deep knowledge in key foundational areas of US law, including the structure, components, and functioning of the US legal system; master appropriate strategies and technologies to retrieve, use, and manage research materials and digital information effectively and efficiently, such as legal citation; and apply advanced legal knowledge and skills with practical experience.
Students must complete a brief application and may register for the graduate paralegal certificate courses after they have completed 16 credits of undergraduate work in the Legal Studies Core.
The major Legal Studies with Graduate Paralegal Certificate enhances opportunities for students to earn a professional credential within their major, and to progress toward completion of the Master in the Study of Law. Students can apply the graduate-level coursework in this major to Hamline University’s Master in the Study of Law, requiring only 14 additional graduate credits to earn the MSL (approximately 1 semester). The MSL allows students to choose among concentrations including Conflict Resolution, Education Law and Compliance, Litigation Support, Professional Practice Management, and Justice and Equity.
Note: Hamline’s graduate paralegal certificate is approved by the American Bar Association for the training of paralegals. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to clients or to the public, except as permitted by law. A paralegal certificate does not qualify the recipient to sit for the bar examination or work as a lawyer.
Legal studies majors have the option to complete an interdisciplinary concentration in forensic psychology or public policy. See below for details.