Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

If you're interested in making a transition into the legal field, this paralegal certificate program is designed to help you build your knowledge of the profession and gain the foundational coursework to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.*  

Our Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate online program concentrates on building practical skills that could give you a competitive edge. In this program you will explore how to communicate effectively in a legal environment, conduct legal research, and evaluate legal sources. You'll apply learned concepts to relevant legal arguments and examine ethics in legal environments. Courses include live seminars, discussion boards, and one-on-one instructor feedback. And, our paralegal certificate professors are legal practitioners with real-world experience in legal services, law, and policy.

As one of the largest providers of online legal studies programs in the United States†, Kaplan University has helped over 6,500 legal studies graduates achieve their educational goals since 2001. This means that when you earn your certificate from Kaplan University, you join one of the most active and diverse alumni communities in the legal field.

Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

This program focuses on:

  • Communication: Communicate effectively in legal environments.
  • Ethics: Apply ethical decision making to paralegal practice.
  • Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to paralegal practice situations.
  • Practice: Analyze theoretical and practical concepts in areas of legal specialization.
  • Legal Research: Conduct different types of legal research.
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program at Kaplan University is designed to offer a convenient route to beginning a new career as a paralegal or a legal assistant.

This paralegal certificate program can provide you with the specialized knowledge necessary to seek employment as a paralegal or legal assistant in:

  • Private law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate and title insurance firms
  • Banks
  • Government agencies

Paralegals are often hired to manage legal requirements for services in areas such as intellectual property, health care, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law.*

When you are ready to further your education, credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may also be transferred to other Kaplan University degree programs.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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What Courses Will I Take?

This paralegal certificate program will familiarize you with the role of the paralegal in the workplace and in the American legal system, preparing you for the real-world responsibilities of the career. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Legal Research
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Ethics
  • Law Office Management
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits36-37
  • Total Credits36-37

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.


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*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), 2015-2016 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Legal Professions and Studies, on the Internet at nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV, 2- and 4-year degree-granting institutions.