Do you love law but not interested in becoming a lawyer?
A Paralegal Certificate from Kennesaw State University will prepare you to work in law offices, banks, government agencies, corporations and real estate firms. It’s the next step in fulfilling your legal career dream.
Before you dive into the world of paralegals, consider the following:
What are the daily activities of a paralegal?
- Investigating the facts of a case
- Collecting documents from a variety of sources
- Researching legal cases
- Writing reports and legal documents
- Drafting pleadings and motions to be filed with the court
- Assisting attorneys during trials
- Preparing civil documents such as wills, contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements
- Interviewing witnesses and clients
- Maintaining communication with clients
What is the process in becoming a paralegal?
- Complete a Formal Paralegal Education Program Consisting of At Least 18 Semester Hours of Paralegal-Specific Courses
- Gain Professional Legal Experience
- Earn Paralegal Professional Certification
- Consider Different Areas of Law and Find a Job
How long does it take to become a paralegal?
Length varies based on the program you decide to take and whether you choose a degree or certificate program.
At Kennesaw State University, the Paralegal Certificate consists of 13 courses. You pay as you go for each course, and we offer both day and evening classes to accommodate your schedule. Paralegal Certificate candidates may enroll in these courses in any order. However, Level I courses must be completed prior to taking a respective Level II course. In general, each course meets for three hours once a week for six weeks. You may take anywhere from one to four courses per six-week session. If you take two courses each session, you’ll graduate in approximately 12 months. All 13 courses must be completed within 36 months to qualify for the Paralegal Certificate.
What is the salary of a paralegal?
The average salary in Atlanta and the surrounding areas is $53,375.
Visit the Kennesaw State University Paralegal program page for more details about registration information, course schedules, and more.