Paralegal Studies

HEGIS: 5099


This program will begin admitting students for the Fall of 2020.

The program's focus will be on acquiring training in the core legal content areas such as torts, property/real estate law, contracts, wills trusts, and estates, legal research and writing, civil procedure and litigation, criminal law, family law, and legal ethics.


The goals of this program are to enable students to:

  • maintain redundant legal calendaring, client trust fund accounting and file tracking systems;
  • describe the essential elements of contract law;
  • describe the process for initiating and maintaining a civil lawsuit in the federal and state court systems;
  • describe the major legal principles of real estate and property law, tort law, family law, and the law concerning the administration of wills, trusts and estates; and
  • describe the process for conducting legal research on assigned topics / issues from contract, family, criminal, real estate, wills/trusts/estates, and tort law using both manual and computer assisted legal research and to summarize these legal research findings in the format of a legal memorandum.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of legal concepts in the areas of contracts, torts, real property law, civil litigation and procedure, administration of wills, trusts, and estates, and domestic relations law,
    • Apply the ethical rules and aspirations governing the legal profession to specific factual scenarios,
    • Conduct legal research on defined issues via computer-assisted and manual methods, and
    • Prepare drafts of legal memoranda and select pleadings pertinent to various legal content areas.

Career Opportunities:

The certificate program is for individuals interested in seeking employment as paralegals/legal assistants in law firms, District Attorney's Offices, Public Defender's Offices, business, governmental agencies, or other settings where paralegals are utilized.


Program of Study

First Year

1st Semester

BU 121Business Law I


FS 100First Year Student Seminar


PL 100Intro to Law for Paralegals


PL 211Real Estate Law


PL 221Administration of Estates


PL 251Torts and Personal Injury


Total Credit Hours:16

2nd Semester

BU 122Business Law II


IS 119Comp Software for the Law Off


PL 110Legal Research and Writing


PL 112Civil Litigation and Procedure


PL 231Family Law


Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 31

For more information, contact the Business, Health, Science and Technology Division at (315) 866-0300 or toll free 1-844-GO-4-HERK, ext. 8240.

This program is Internet accessible and may be completed entirely online. For more information: