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Paralegal Studies Technical Certificate

Overview

The Paralegal Studies Technical Certificate is contingent on ABA, TBR, and SACS approval.

Your due diligence for success

Prepare for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant with Nashville State’s Paralegal Studies Technical Certificate program. Gain the skills for career success with a foundation in ethics, critical thinking, and solid general legal knowledge.

What is a Paralegal?

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals defines a legal assistant or paralegal as "a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."

The Paralegal Studies Technical Certificate program is designed to provide substantive legal courses to prepare students for entry-level paralegal positions working under the supervision of an attorney in the private or public sector. Paralegal skills emphasized include: an understanding of basic substantive and procedural law, legal research, legal document preparation, legal ethics, problem solving, case management, and effective communication.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of legal ethics and professional responsibility.
  • Explain the organization of the court system.
  • Draft legal documents under the direction of an attorney.
  • Conduct legal research and do legal writing.
  • Interview clients and witnesses to gather investigative information.
  • Use word processing and law-related computer software.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of procedural and substantive law.
  • Use verbal and written communication skills effectively.

Career Opportunities

  • Law Firms
  • Corporate Legal Departments
  • Law Schools
  • Federal Government
  • State Governments
  • Local Government
  • Public and Private Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations