Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

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Designed to give you the skills needed to assist attorneys in day-to-day firm management and case preparations.


Certificate Requirements

There are no requirements, including University admission, for entering the paralegal studies certificate program and students can begin their certificate during any term of the year.

Program Format

To successfully complete the requirements of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, students must:

  • Complete nine required courses
  • Complete seven elective courses
  • Complete the required course work within five years

All classes meet one night per week for two to three hours, depending on the course or instructor, and do not start prior to 6 p.m. 


Courses are offered in a standard two year rotation, however, the schedule of classes could be altered as a result of instructor conflicts or availability, needs of a large number of program students, or the addition of new courses.  

Core Courses Electives
Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Legal Research & Writing
Law Practice Management
Civil Procedure
Paralegal Discovery & Analysis
Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedures
Contract Law
Family Law
Wills, Estates & Trusts: Probate Law
Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals
Torts/Personal Injury Litigation
Law of Real Property
Legal Aspects of Business Organizations
Environmental Law
Technology in the Courtroom
Social Security and Disability Law
Paralegal Internship


Paralegal Scholarship Opportunities

Bruce McCall Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Paralegal Studies

The Bruce McCall Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Paralegal Studies was established to assist students entering or enrolled in the USA Special Courses Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for students demonstrating high academic achievement to receive financial assistance toward completing program course work.

Taylor-Martino Endowed Scholarship for Paralegal Studies

The Taylor-Martino Endowed Scholarship in Paralegal Studies has been created through a generous contribution of the legal firm Taylor Martino. This scholarship will be awarded to students from Mobile and surrounding counties who demonstrate high academic achievement.

Contact the Program Director for additional information regarding these scholarships. 

General Information

Attendance Policy

Students MUST attend 80% of all class meetings within a course unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Maximum of excused absences per course will depend on the length of the course. 


The USA Center for Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is not sufficient enrollment. Should a course be canceled after you enroll, you may transfer to another class or receive a full refund. Decisions to cancel a course based on enrollment are made typically three business days prior to the course start date, see course description for specific cancellation details. Failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal. Decisions to cancel your registration must be received by 5 p.m. at least three business days prior to the start of your class. Refund requests received after this will not be granted.