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Paralegal - Advanced Paralegal Certificate

The Advanced Paralegal Certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), which demonstrates a paralegal program’s high educational standards and consistency, and is preferred by many legal employers nationwide. The ABA defines a paralegal as a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by an attorney, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity, and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which an attorney is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The Advanced Paralegal Certificate is a job-training certificate designed for students who intend to pursue immediate employment as a paralegal upon graduation and who have already earned a four-year baccalaureate degree (BA), or who will earn a BA while enrolled at Edmonds College. Graduates from this program will receive an ABA-approved professional certificate recognizing their achievement in specialized paralegal training, in addition to their earned BA.

Program Requirement Sheet

Degree Pathway

This is a suggested degree pathway, a sequence of courses to earn the certificate completely online. Please connect with an advisor to customize your program to meet your needs.

- Fall - Winter - Spring - Summer

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits
LEGAL 200 Introduction to Law   5
LEGAL 228 Law Office Technology   5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 267 Employment & Labor Law   5

Total: 13 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits
LEGAL 205 Civil Procedure   5
LEGAL 210   Legal Research & Writing   5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 250 Family Law   5

Total: 15 credits

Course # Qtr. Offered Course Title Requirements Credits

LEGAL 240

Contracts   5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 225 Litigation Practice Recommend completion of LEGAL 200 and LEGAL 205 or instructor permission. 5
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 214 Legal Ethics   3
Suggested Elective: LEGAL 291 Legal Internship   1

Total: 14 credits

Grand Total: 44 credits

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