Paralegal Studies | On Campus
Paralegal Studies | On Campus
The LSU Paralegal Studies Certificate Program provides a faster pathway for you to pursue a rewarding legal career. Study with experienced instructors in eight paralegal courses (three of which are legal-specialty electives), a 150-hour internship, an online legal ethics seminar, and a Court Day field experience. With night courses and convenient scheduling options, this program works in conjunction with your busy schedule. This noncredit certificate is the only one in the state of Louisiana to be approved by the American Bar Association.
The application deadline for Spring 2020 is January 3, 2020.
Benefits of Taking This Program
The LSU Paralegal Studies Program began in 1982. It is a college-level, non-credit program leading to a Certificate of Paralegal Studies. Upon completing the curriculum, you will be able to:
Paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney and are not allowed to give independent legal advice, represent clients in court, or settle claims on behalf of clients. Paralegals who do so may be charged with the crime of unauthorized practice of law.
LSU Paralegal Studies graduate Amanda Tillman talks about her experience in the program and how its flexibility is ideal for non-traditional students.
You may begin the program in summer, fall, or spring semesters. You should apply at least 30 days before the start of each semester. There is a $35 application fee and you need an official copy of your transcript showing your degree. If you do not have a degree, you must have at least 45 hours of college credit, a 2.3 overall grade point average, and pass an entrance exam.
Once you apply to the program, the program manager will contact you to schedule a brief meeting to get you started.
The total curriculum costs approximately $5,400 plus books. You pay as you go. Classes cost $525, except for the Legal Ethics Seminar, which is $150, and Court Day, which is $100.
The Paralegal Studies Program does not qualify for federal financial aid or PEL grants. However, students may apply for a continuing education loan through banking institutions such as Campus Federal Credit Union.
In order to earn the paralegal certificate, a student must take five required courses, three paralegal electives, the internship, the online legal ethics seminar, and court day. Students must also take an Intro to Word or Mastering Word course or test out of it. Law Office Technology (an elective) fulfills the requirement for the Word class.
The required courses, each of which is offered during every fall and spring semester, are as follows:
Students choose three electives from the following list. The electives are offered on a rotating basis at the discretion of the program, unless otherwise indicated. Two electives are offered in the summer semester; and at least 3 or 4 electives are offering in spring and fall semesters.
The internship is a supervised field experience in which the student works as a paralegal in a local law office, government agency or corporation. Students do their internship in their final semester of the program and are given a choice of about 40 different sponsors. The internship consists of a total of 150 hours; 144 hours of hands-on work at the internship site and 6 hours of meetings and workshops designed to support and enhance the internship experience.
The majority of the paralegal students have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and we recommend that students complete their bachelor’s degree before earning a paralegal certificate. However, students will be considered for admission without a bachelor’s degree if they meet these requirements:
18 of the 45 hours of college credit must be general education courses, which means they are from at least three of these disciplines:
Applicants who have attended another ABA-approved paralegal studies program can transfer up to 10 credit hours or two non-credit paralegal legal specialty courses. The transfer courses allowed are at the discretion of the program to ensure that the courses are equivalent to Louisiana state specific law. No course with a grade lower than a "C" will be accepted as transfer. Applicants must provide an official copy of the transcript with a course description to ensure that the academic quality and integrity of the program is upheld.
We offer two program-length options:
If you attend full-time, the certificate program can be completed in one year; part-time can take up to 2.5 years. Each class meets once a week for 2.5 hours. You must complete eight academic courses, a 150-hour internship, an online legal ethics seminar, and court day. You must also complete a one- or two-day course in either Intro to Word or Mastering Word, or you can test out if you feel you have mastered word processing skills. We do not have any weekend classes. Most courses are in the evening. Daytime courses are of short duration so that you do not have to take too much time from your employment or other day time commitments.
Earning your Paralegal certificate at LSU prepares you for valuable work as a:
If you're interested in a career in Paralegal, you'll want to look closely at career data:
Local Professional Organizations that offer student and professional memberships:
A. Brock Avery
State of Louisiana, Division of Administrative Law (Administrative Law Judge, Public Sector)
Solicitor General’s Office, Division of Attorney General’s Office (Paralegal, Public Sector)
Ann K. Gregorie
Director, Baton Rouge Bar Association
Private Practice (Attorney, Private Sector)
Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator & Hollinga, APLLC (Paralegal, Private Sector)
CP/CLA, Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister Law Corporation, Paralegal, Private Sector
Noel Steffes Melancon
Attorney, The Steffes Firm, LLC (Faculty Representative)
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips LLP (Paralegal, Private Sector)
Melinda Stallings International (Citizen Representative)
Baton Rouge Paralegal Association
LSU Paralegal Studies Program
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