The Wilmington University Paralegal 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.
PARALEGALS MAY NOT PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED BY LAW.
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.
Each prospective student must submit the following:
Students must take a minimum of 18 credits of “legal specialty” courses to earn a Post-Bachelor’s Paralegal Certificate. 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 9 credits of legal specialty courses through traditional, face-to-face or synchronous classroom instruction. This requirement may be satisfied through any combination of semester, block, or hybrid courses.
The Paralegal Certificate 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 225, LES 226, and LES 228. Students receiving a grade lower than “C” in any of these courses must retake that course.
Note: Students are held to all prerequisite requirements; some students may require more than 8 courses to complete this certificate.
LES 200 Legal Ethics
LES 220 Introduction to Legal Studies
LES 225 Legal Research
LES 226 Legal Writing
LES 228 Civil Procedure
LES 491 Capstone: Virtual Experience in Legal Studies
LES 302 Business Organizations
LES 306 Family Law
LES 309 Bankruptcy
LES 321 Real Estate, Transfer, and Ownership Law
LES 311 Estates, Trusts, and Probates
LES 317 Contracts
LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services
LES 327 Intellectual Property
LES 328 Personal Injury and Malpractice
LES 330 Cyberlaw
LES 331 Electronic Discovery
LES 350 Interviewing & Investigating
LES 405 Delaware Practice
LES 440 Advanced Litigation Skills
LES 490 Internship in Legal Studies
CRJ 316 Criminal Law
CRJ 411 Criminal Evidence and Procedures
HRM 400 Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
HSC 325 Healthcare Compliance
Total credits for the Legal Studies Certificate: 24
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.