Our program takes six months to 12 months to complete. Students who are able to take more than 1 course at a time can accelerate their time in program. When offered typically summers the accelerated program schedule can be completed in 1 to 2 months. Ultimately, you have up to 18 months to complete the entire program from the time you begin your first course.
We have a Saturday class (classes meet Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and an evening class (classes meet twice a week from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.). The accelerated program meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Yes, you must have a four-year Bachelor's degree to be admitted to the Paralegal Program. Verification must be provided in a sealed transcript from your college or university. See certificate process page for details. Your degree can be in any field of study. If your degree is from another country you must present an original evaluation that indicates your degree is the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. All candidates for the Paralegal Program must submit an online application.
Textbooks are not included in course tuition. You may buy textbooks through the link provided when registering for each course. Or you may purchase textbooks from any other source you choose. You also have the flexibility to buy the type you prefer (electronic, pdf, used, rental, etc.). Note: your textbook must be the same publisher and edition as required for the course. You must have your textbooks with you the first day of each course.
Please click on the "Certificate Process" tab for registration process details.
We provide career development during the program, such as seminars on resume writing, interviewing techniques, etc. Students are required to pass all tests and assignments, including all career development assignments. We also post jobs and volunteer opportunities on our student website and graduate website. The paralegal profession is competitive, and we encourage all students who are new to the legal profession to obtain "hands on" experience as soon as possible, even if it is only on a volunteer basis.
Make no mistake - the legal profession is demanding. Just as an attorney expects a lot from their paralegal, we expect a lot from our students; enthusiasm, professionalism, and a desire to learn. You must have basic computer skills, and good written and oral communication skills. You should plan to study for a minimum of 15 hours per week outside of class.
As our program is a non-credit continuing education course, it does not qualify for any traditional financial aid such as Pell, Stafford, FASFA, etc.
Please click on the tab "Payment Options" for details about other payment options.
Our program is geared toward individuals who have a Bachelor's degree, want a high-quality program delivered in a convenient format, are willing to attend classes regularly, and are passionate about a career in law.
Our program is post-baccalaureate. ABA approval is not necessary. Our program delivers quality education, in a convenient format. Our instructors are licensed attorneys who bring "real world" experience to the classroom, and we encourage you to view their bios. The Emory name is widely-recognized, and our program has been in existence since 2005 and is the longest-running post-baccalaureate program in the region.
Our program format is all in-class instruction for six hours per week and eighteen hours per week for the accelerated program. Although all instruction is in class, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access so you can receive emails and attachments, and take your exams via our Blackboard system. However, a laptop is not required with you to class. A notebook for taking notes is sufficient.
The legal profession is PC based, so you will need access to a PC to complete certain assignments. If you would like more information on this, please contact the Program Advisor, Mike Catlin at (404)712-8823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our instructors are licensed, experienced attorneys who teach the following topics:
You can view our instructor bios here.
The classes generally have 25-40 students.
Our students generally fall into one of three categories:
Please join us for a complimentary one-hour information session where you can hear from a former student and current instructor. The date for the next information session is available here.
Please fill out and submit this form if you would like a program advisor to contact you.
If you are an employer interested in posting a job or internship, please email a job description and your contact information to Mike Catlin at email@example.com. We'll post it right away!