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Paralegal Certificate Program

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University’s Paralegal Certificate Program adheres to the highest professional curriculum and prepares you to work in law offices, banks, government agencies, corporations and real estate firms. All courses teach Georgia Law.

The program consists of 13 courses. The fee for each course is $279. You pay as you go with the total program cost being $3,627. Some courses require books; some do not. Your total book cost for the 13 courses is approximately $1,250. Each course meets for three hours once a week for six weeks. You arrange your own schedule. You can take one to four courses per six-week session. The 13 courses must be completed in 36 months. Take two courses each session and graduate in approximately 12 months.

Each course is taught in a classroom setting allowing for interaction with the instructor and other students. Students receive hands-on research experience in our on-site Joe R. Edwards Law Library, conduct a title search in Cobb County, and enjoy enlightening and entertaining guest speakers.

3D Tour

Take a 3D tour of our Law Library Classroom
Housed in the same room where daytime paralegal classes are held, our new Joe R. Edwards  law library serves as a tremendous asset and convenience for both students and instructors. Its namesake, Joe R. Edwards, was widely known as “everyman’s attorney” in Atlanta. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 71.

Employment/Internship

Law firms call us regularly with job and internship openings. We email the information to current students and recent graduates. Qualified applicants contact the employers directly. Email paralegal@kennesaw.edu to be added to the list once you begin the Paralegal Certificate Program. The postings are for classroom students only as the positions are for Georgia Law trained paralegals and students.

Requirements and Application

Program Requirements and Program Application

Prerequisite

High school diploma or equivalent, completion of our Basic Skills Assessment and submission of the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.

The Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here. You will be directed to the program application after completing the skills assessment.

Certificate Required Courses

(Day and evening classes offered!)
Paralegal – Bankruptcy & Collection Law
Paralegal – Civil Litigation I
Paralegal – Civil Litigation II
Paralegal – Contracts and Business Associations
Paralegal – Criminal Law
Paralegal – Estate Planning and Probate
Paralegal – Family Law
Paralegal – Overview of the Law
Paralegal – Law Office Management & Technology
Paralegal – Legal Research and Writing I
Paralegal – Legal Research and Writing II
Paralegal – Real Estate Law
Paralegal – Tort Law

(Paralegal Certificate candidates may enroll in the above courses in any order. However, level I courses must be completed prior to taking a respective level II course.)

Paralegal – Courthouse Tour (optional – this is not a required course for the paralegal certificate. Please note, this course is only available to students who will graduate from the program between now and December 2017).

Course Calendars

2017 Daytime Course Calendarpdf_icon Updated June 26, 2017
2017 Evening Course Calendarpdf_icon Updated June 5, 2017
2018 Daytime Course Calendarpdf_icon Updated June 5, 2017
2018 Evening Course Calendarpdf_icon Updated October 5, 2017

Specialty Courses

(These courses do not count toward the Paralegal Certificate but can be taken separately by certificate holders as continuing education.)

Immigration Law – Classroom
Employment Law Fundamentals – Online

Legal Nurse Consulting – Online
Workers’ Compensation – Online
HIPAA Compliance – Online

Financing Options
  • VA Education Benefits
  • WIOA funding
  • Continuing education loans
Get In Touch

Contact us to find out more about this professional program.

Miscellaneous

Requirements and Application
Paralegal FAQs
Our Paralegal Instructors
Our Paralegal Advisory Board

Open House

Register for an Information Session

Webinars

Register for a Webinar Session

On Our Blog
Paralegal Certificate Program Continues to Thrive
Paralegal
Where else can you interact with lawyers, network with judges, experience a trial, and get a job? We’ve got a class for that! For more than 30 years, our Paralegal Certificate has launched countless graduates into... read more ❯

Paralegal Program Offers Students Courthouse Experience
Paralegal Courthouse Tour
This fall students enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate program will have the unique opportunity to visit the most influential legal offices in Cobb County. The guided tour will allow students to see and experience the... read more ❯

Paralegal grad refreshes skills, lands job
Patricia Emery
There are moments that can define a person’s career. For Patricia Emery, this moment happened in an elevator ride. The University of Florida graduate credits the encounter she had with an unknown woman in the... read more ❯

Paralegal Certificate Establishes Advisory Board
Paralegal Advisory Board
Our Paralegal Certificate program is excited to announce the establishment of its first Advisory Board. The seven-member volunteer board brings to our college distinguished judges, lawyers and legal professionals. The Advisory Board will serve to... read more ❯

Occupational Trends
17% Growth

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.