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  • Note: For certain locations, program enrollment is onsite with online instruction.

  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

    Sep 17

    Online Start Date
    Sep 17, 2014

    Oct 15

    Online Start Date
    Oct 15, 2014

    Nov 12

    Online and Campus Start Date
    Nov 12, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Certificate Requirements

    LS 100: INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL PROFESSION (5 Credits)

    This course examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional or as a legal specialist.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    PA 110: CIVIL LITIGATION (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to civil litigation, the civil law process, rights, and procedures. Topics include informal fact gathering and investigation, case management and strategy, jurisdiction, the structure of the court systems in the United States, parties, pleadings, and motions.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    PA 201: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL RESEARCH (5 Credits)

    One of the basic tasks performed by the paralegal is legal research—finding the law. Accurate, concise, and up-to-date information can be the difference between winning and losing a lawsuit. Students who complete this course gain specialized skills in the area of legal research.

    Prerequisites Required: Prerequisites: CM 220 and PA 205

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    PA 205: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING (5 Credits)

    Some of the tasks performed by a skilled paralegal are to summarize statutes or regulations, analyze the component parts of written opinions of appellate judges through briefing, identify the legal issues in a fact pattern, and apply the reasoning of relevant legal authorities to a fact pattern. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to analyze and synthesize legal authorities and draft correspondence and memoranda commonly used in the practice of law.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Any College Composition I course

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    PA 253: LEGAL ETHICS (5 Credits)

    Legal assistants and paralegals must always consider the duty owed to the clients. Are the clients protected against having confidential information revealed? What are the duties and responsibilities regarding the ethical conduct of the paralegal? This course discusses these areas and presents canons, codes of ethics, ethical and procedural practices in a law office, licensing and certification, and more.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    PA 305: LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT (6 Credits)

    Legal professionals are often called upon to handle office management functions. Effective law office managers save their offices time and money and become valuable members of the legal team. The management skills covered in this course can be applied to any office. This course guides students in creating a procedures manual that can be used at the office and as a portfolio of their work.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    PA 261: BANKRUPTCY AND DEBTOR-CREDITOR LAW (5 Credits)

    When it comes to debtors' and creditors' rights, it is important to know both sides. This course presents the law governing the collection of debts, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, creditors' remedies, the Uniform Fraudulent Conveyances Act, and exempt property. Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code are also presented.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    PA 260: CRIMINAL LAW (5 Credits)

    In this course, students learn about criminal law. They learn about the elements and types of crimes, including homicide, crimes against the person, crimes against habitation and occupancy, crimes against property, sexual offenses, and crimes involving more than one defendant. They also cover criminal capacity and defenses to crimes. Finally, students are introduced to criminal procedures followed in the United States and the concept of probable cause.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    PA 250: FAMILY LAW (5 Credits)

    This course presents major issues in family law such as the nature of marriage, antenuptial contracts, annulments, separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, tort action, adoption, property distribution, and current trends.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS 100

    PA 300: REAL ESTATE LAW (6 Credits)

    In this course, students will become familiar with procedures and documentation of real estate transactions. The course will address a wide range of issues and functions within the field of real estate law, including ethics, types of ownership, use, possession, mortgages, financing, taxation, closings, and litigation.

    Prerequisites Required: LS 100

    PA 221: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE PLANNING (5 Credits)

    Wills divide the property a person has accumulated during his/her life; precise legal requirements must be met when preparing wills. Topics include the basic elements of a will; types of wills; responsibilities of the personal representative; contesting, revoking, and terminating a will; the role of government; classes of trusts; rules governing trusts; and purposes of estate planning, probate, guardianships, and more. Tax ramifications are also discussed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS 100

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36
    Total Program Credits: 36

    The Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 36 or 37 quarter credit hours, depending on the student's choice of elective. Total program costs may vary.

    Tuition & Fees: All Tracks

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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    Notice to Learning Center Students

    Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.

    Scholarships and Grants

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    Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined. 

    Tuition Rates for Military Students and Spouses

    Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for active-duty servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
     

  • * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice to consumers.

    Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions. 

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