Students seeking a certificate in paralegal studies must complete 30 credit hours. Students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree must complete a bachelor’s degree to earn the certificate; the certificate will be awarded when the degree is awarded. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree must submit an application for admission to the legal studies program. An overall GPA of at least 2.7 is required for admission. No more than six credits can be transferred from another institution and at least ten credits of legal specialty courses must be taken through traditional classroom instruction. The paralegal studies certificate 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:
Please visit the website of the College of Community and Public Service Advising Center at www.gvsu.edu/ccpsadvising 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.