Legal Studies Post Bachelor's
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This approval applies to both the baccalaureate and post baccalaureate certificate programs offered through the school’s College of Social and Behavioral Science in New Castle and Dover. The ABA approval is a testament to the University’s never ending commitment to providing the best possible education for our students.
About the Program
The Wilmington University Legal Studies Certificate allows students to concentrate their studies in the specific content areas relevant to the profession. It is designed to provide the education needed to begin a paralegal career working under the supervision of an attorney or advance an existing career in related fields. Because certificate programs are valued by those in the legal field, it is perfect for those who want to enhance their marketability, make a career change, or simply expand their career options.
Program of Study
The certificate program was designed by paralegals and attorneys to concentrate exclusively on the skills and knowledge needed by working professionals. The program includes a core curriculum of eight classes (24 credits), but can be tailored to the individual student through the selection of two substantive courses. Students who already possess a bachelor's degree or are actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Wilmington University will be permitted to enroll in the Certificate program, but will not receive a certificate until conferral of a bachelor's degree.
1Source: Delaware Paralegal Association, 2005 Salary and Benefits Survey Results
Each prospective student must submit the following:
- An undergraduate application for admission.
- An official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree.
- No more than two courses (6 credits) may be transferred into this certificate program.
Students must take a minimum of 18 credits of "legal specialty" courses to earn a Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Legal Studies. The 18 credits may be satisfied with a combination of transfer courses and courses taken at Wilmington University. A legal specialty is defined by the American Bar Association (ABA) as a course that covers substantive law or legal procedures or processes, has been developed for paralegals, emphasizes practical paralegal skills, and meets the ABA's instructional requirements. The Legal Studies program offers legal specialties in an accelerated, hybrid, and online format. Legal Specialty courses are designated with (LS) below; however, they can also be identified by course description and by the Basic Course Information provided on the website.
Students must take a minimum of 10 credits of legal specialty courses through traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction. This requirement may be satisfied through any combination of semester, block, or hybrid courses.
The Legal Studies program may accept in transfer equivalent courses considered legal specialties that are taken at another institution. A maximum of 6 credits of legal specialty courses may be accepted for equivalent LES courses.
Credit Through Alternate Sources
The award of credit for legal specialty courses through Portfolio Assessment or by Examination is coordinated by the Legal Studies program Chair to ensure that the quality and integrity of the program are maintained. Any award of credit requires the approval of the program Chair upon demonstration that the credits can be classified as legal specialty, meets the course objectives and practical skills to be developed for the course for which credit is being awarded, meets the needs of the legal community the program serves, and is comparable to course work offered within the program. A maximum of 15 credits may be earned through Portfolio Assessment, and a maximum of 15 credits may be earned through Examination. For more information, please consult the Student Handbook section entitled "Alternative Credit Methods" or speak to the program Chair or an academic advisor.
Minimum Grade Policy
The Legal Studies program has set a minimum passing grade of "C" for LES 200 , LES 220 , LES 314, LES 316, LES 403, and LES 480 (designated with an asterisk). Students receiving a grade lower than "C" in any of these courses must retake that course.
LES 200 Legal Ethics* (LS)
LES 220 Introduction to Legal Studies* (LS)
LES 314 Legal Research* (LS)
LES 316 Legal Writing* (LS)
LES 403 Civil Procedure* (LS)
LES 480 Law Office Administration and Technology* (LS)
Select two courses from the following:
LES 317 Contracts (LS)
LES 330 Cyberlaw
LES 331 Electronic Discovery
LES 350 Interviewing and Investigation (LS)
LES 402 Business Organizations (LS)
LES 404 Criminal Law
LES 405 Delaware Practice (LS)
LES 406 Family Law
LES 408 Employment Law
LES 409 Bankruptcy (LS)
LES 410 Real Estate (LS)
LES 411 Estates, Trusts and Probate
LES 416 Environmental Law
LES 417 Intellectual Property
LES 420 Personal Injury and Malpractice (LS)
LES 440 Advanced Litigation (LS)
LES 490 Internship
Total credits for the Legal Studies Certificate (24)
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.