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Paralegal Certificate

As Georgia’s longest-running post-baccalaureate paralegal program, Emory Continuing Education (ECE)'s Paralegal Certificate Program prepares college graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the legal profession. Our comprehensive program — taught by licensed attorneys — consists of multiple core and elective courses totaling more than 100 classroom hours. Students will learn about state and federal court systems while conducting research, writing memos, and creating discovery documents. Areas of study also include attorney/paralegal ethics, contracts, and additional legal terms and court procedures. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in customary law office tasks under the supervision of an attorney.

I want to say how much I’m enjoying my first class with Cecily Barber and how much it means that Emory is shifting this program online.  So many of  us in the class have said how if it weren’t online it wouldn’t be an option for us, and how appreciative we are of you and Emory for making this possible.
— Miranda M.

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Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, student will be able to:

  • Identify the ethical duties imposed on attorneys and paralegals
  • Identify state and federal court systems and local jurisdictions
  • Define legal terminology and procedures
  • Create discovery documents
  • Conduct online legal research
  • Compose a closed-legal memorandum
  • Recognize the requirements for a binding contract
  • Recognize when a breach of contract is committed

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This program is open only to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree (or verified foreign equivalent) or higher. There are no exceptions to this policy. No previous legal experience is necessary to join the program.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:
  • Complete all five of the core courses
  • Complete at least two (2) elective courses
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Earn a passing score of 75% or higher in each course

Required Core Courses

Students should complete the five (5) required courses in the order listed below:

Introduction to Law$89518 hours
Civil Litigation$99521 hours
Legal Research & Writing$1,29527 hours
Contract Law$89518 hours
Paralegal Job Search and Career Development Skills$956 hours
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Elective Courses

Students must complete two (2) of the following electives before, during, or after the required courses. Each elective is offered once per year.

Administrative Law$89518 hours
Criminal Law$89518 hours
E-Discovery$89518 hours
Family Law$89518 hours
Immigration Law$89518 hours
Intellectual Property$89518 hours
Law Office Technology$89518 hours
Medical Records and Terminology for the Legal Professional$89518 hours
Real Estate Law$89518 hours
Torts & Personal Injury Law$89518 hours
Wills, Trusts & Estates$89518 hours

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How to Apply

Please follow the instructions below to apply to the Paralegal Certificate program.

  1. Create an ECE student account.
  2. Submit your application and pay the application fee ($25) online. Please note that a bachelor's degree is required to be admitted to the Paralegal Certificate program.
  3. After submitting your application, please request your transcripts be sent to us so we can verify that you have previously earned a bachelor's degree.
    • Digital transcripts: If offered by your school, please request a digital copy of your transcripts be sent to 
    • Paper transcripts: If digital transcripts are not an option, please have your school mail an official copy of your transcripts to:
      Emory Continuing Education
      2635 Century Pkwy NE
      Suite 300
      Atlanta, GA 30345
  4. You will be notified regarding the status of your application after we receive your transcripts. If your application is approved, you will receive the acceptance email with next steps for enrolling in the program and course registration.


Students will have the option of paying course tuition in full or selecting a 50% deposit on any course in this program costing more than $100. The invoice for your second payment will be due 10 days prior to the start of the course section in which you registered with a deposit. 


The easiest way to pay for courses with Emory Continuing Education is using any major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

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Who Will Benefit?

The following types of students will benefit from this program:

  • Law students wishing to gain experience in the legal field
  • Students wishing to make a career change
  • Students currently working as legal secretaries or assistants who want to expand their career options
  • Students who are legal professionals in other countries and wish to work in the legal field in the U.S.

Our program is open to students from across the country, with concepts and best practices that can assist any current or aspiring paralegal. Please keep in mind that regulations to work as a paralegal vary from state to state, so please check with your local jurisdiction to confirm eligibility requirements.