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Grand Valley State University    
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Feb 21, 2019
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Students seeking a certificate in paralegal studies must complete 30 credit hours. Students must be degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at another institution with an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher may earn this certificate by completing the course requirements listed below. A maximum of six credits can be transferred from another institution. In addition, at least ten credits of legal specialty courses must be taken through traditional classroom instruction. The certificate in paralegal studies is approved by the American Bar Association.

Requirements for a Certificate in Paralegal Studies

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required, including the following core courses:

Suggested Order of Coursework

Please visit the website of the College of Community and Public Service Advising Center at for a curriculum plan for the certificate in paralegal studies. Taking courses in the sequence recommended in the curriculum plan will help you avoid delays in completing the certificate.


Click here for the program description.