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Paralegal Studies

Undergraduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies

A Certificate in Paralegal Studies combines legal theory, substantive law and procedure, professional communication, ethics and research and writing skills, preparing graduates for immediate employment or advancement within the paralegal field.  It requires completion of PLS 225, Introduction to Law; 12 hours of core legal specialty courses; and 6 hours of elective legal specialty courses as follows:


Core Courses: (15 hours)


Course Prefix/Number

Course Title

Course Hours

PLS 225

Introduction to Law


PLS 200

Legal Ethics


PLS 250

Legal Research/Writing I


PLS 291

Criminal Law/Procedure


PLS 393

Civil Procedure





Choose from any 2 PLS Courses not listed in the Core Courses

Course Prefix/Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Choose from any 2 PLS courses not listed in the Core








In addition to the curriculum requirements for the Certificate, students must demonstrate completion of an associate of science degree, an associate of arts degree, or a bachelor's degree from WKU or other accredited institution.  Degrees other than an associate of science, associate of arts, or bachelor's degree are subject to a degree audit by the Program Director to confirm that the degree option includes requisite writing proficiency, oral communication and other general education courses, which in addition to the legal specialty/other courses required by the Certificate will total no less than sixty (60) hours.  These degree requirements may be completed prior to or concurrently with the Certificate requirements.  

All degree and Certificate requirements must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on 4.0 unweighted scale, and all legal specialty courses in the Certificate must be completed with a final grade of "C" or above.  No Certificate will be awarded until the student has demonstrated completion of an associate of science degree, an associate of arts degree, a bachelor's degree or other Program Director-approved degree from WKU or another accredited institution with the requisite GPA, hour requirements, and general education requirements.

For additional information about the undergraduate certificate in Paralegal Studies, please contact Julie Shadoan at julie.shadoan@wku.edu.


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The Paralegal Studies program prepares students from diverse backgrounds to be productive members of their profession by sharing knowledge, encouraging excellence in research and practice, and fostering an environment of professionalism. 

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