Position Yourself for a Successful Legal Career
UMass Lowell's Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies explores the role of paralegals in both the public and private sector, while offering a unique mix of legal theory and practical skills that will put you on the path to becoming a paralegal. Offered entirely online or as a mix of online and on-campus courses, the program's robust curriculum covers a wide range of legal studies topics such as basic legal concepts and vocabulary, the practices and procedures involved in the litigation process, the principles of jurisprudence, and legal issues that influence and intersect with modern business practices.
The development of critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to conceptualize ideas is reflected in the curriculum, which provides students with a balanced presentation of issues in the field.
While the majority of paralegals are employed at law firms, the knowledge and skills that paralegals possess are also applicable to a variety of different work environments. Paralegal jobs are available in such places as corporate legal departments, government agencies, financial institutions, real estate companies, banks, insurance businesses, consulting firms and healthcare providers.
One Success Leads to Another
Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
Students who successfully complete the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program can count all of the courses from the certificate program towards UMass Lowell's B.S. in Criminal Justice: Paralegal Option or Bachelor of Liberal Arts: Legal Studies Concentration program.