Legal Studies Post Bachelor's

Certificate program

Wilmington University’s Legal Studies
Programs are now ABA Approved!

Wilmington University is proud to announce that it has now been approved by the American Bar Association. 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

Purpose

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

General Requirements

Each prospective student must submit the following:

  1. An undergraduate application for admission.
  2. An official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  3. No more than two courses (6 credits) may be transferred into this certificate program.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Legal Studies program has set a minimum passing grade of "C" for LES 200 Available Online, 220, 314, 316, 403, and 480 (designated with an asterisk). Students receiving a grade lower than "C" in any of these courses must retake that course.

Curriculum

LES 200 Available Online Legal Ethics*

LES 220 Available Online Introduction to Legal Studies*

LES 314 Legal Research*

LES 316 Legal Writing*

LES 403 Civil Procedure*

LES 480 Law Office Administration and Technology*

 

Select two courses from the following:
LES 317 Contracts
LES 330 Available Online Cyberlaw
LES 331 Available Online Electronic Discovery
LES 350 Interviewing and Investigation
LES 402 Business Organizations
LES 404 Criminal Law
LES 405 Delaware Practice
LES 406 Family Law
LES 408 Employment Law
LES 409 Bankruptcy
LES 410 Real Estate
LES 411 Estates, Trusts and Probate
LES 416 Environmental Law
LES 417 Intellectual Property
LES 420 Personal Injury and Malpractice
LES 480 Advanced Litigation
LES 490 Internship


Or With Approval of the Program Chair:
Other Upper Level LES Courses
CRJ 316 Available Online Criminal Law
CRJ 411 Available Online Criminal Evidence and Procedures

Total credits for the Legal Studies Certificate (24)


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.