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Legal Studies Certificate

Legal Studies Certificate

A nod from the American Bar Association, celebrity professors, nearly perfect job placement rate and more. Here’s why you should choose Ursuline’s Legal Studies program.

Ursuline’s Legal Studies certificate is the only in the Greater Cleveland area that is approved by the American Bar Association. When you earn your certificate in Legal Studies you’ll be able to enter the workforce right away as a paralegal or continue onto law school to become an attorney. As a bonus, you’ll take some of your classes with legal-field rockstar Avery Friedman – a CNN legal correspondent and constitutional law expert.

 

The outcomes you can expect when you pursue Legal Studies at Ursuline include:

  • Personal development and the cultivation of academic abilities.
  • A developed understanding of state and federal law, professional responsibility, ethics, legal technology, legal research, oral and written communication, and more.
  • Critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, and analytical skills.

 

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require institutions to disclose to prospective and current students certain information about Gainful Employment Programs. A “Gainful Employment” program is a certificate program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  Ursuline College currently offers some certificate programs that meet the Gainful Employment definition. Information about this certificate program, including related occupations, graduation rate, median loan debt for program completers, on-time completion rate and other pertinent facts is available on the following document(s):

 

A nod from the American Bar Association, celebrity professors, nearly perfect job placement rate and more. Here’s why you should choose Ursuline’s Legal Studies program.

Ursuline’s Legal Studies certificate is the only in the Greater Cleveland area that is approved by the American Bar Association. When you earn your certificate in Legal Studies you’ll be able to enter the workforce right away as a paralegal or continue onto law school to become an attorney. As a bonus, you’ll take some of your classes with legal-field rockstar Avery Friedman – a CNN legal correspondent and constitutional law expert.

 

The outcomes you can expect when you pursue Legal Studies at Ursuline include:

  • Personal development and the cultivation of academic abilities.
  • A developed understanding of state and federal law, professional responsibility, ethics, legal technology, legal research, oral and written communication, and more.
  • Critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, and analytical skills.

 

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require institutions to disclose to prospective and current students certain information about Gainful Employment Programs. A “Gainful Employment” program is a certificate program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  Ursuline College currently offers some certificate programs that meet the Gainful Employment definition. Information about this certificate program, including related occupations, graduation rate, median loan debt for program completers, on-time completion rate and other pertinent facts is available on the following document(s):

 

Increased litigation and the demand for accessible, specialized legal services have made the paralegal profession one of the fastest growing careers. Paralegals handle many duties that attorneys once handled: drafting documents, communicating with clients, corresponding with opposing counsel, managing investigations, and more.

As a paralegal, you won’t be able to give legal advice, but you will have the chance to rise into management positions, free-lance, and do meaningful work in a variety of industries. Paralegals can be employed in various law office practice areas, insurance companies, hospitals, banks, title firms, and governmental agencies.

Nearly all graduates of Ursuline’s legal studies program are working in the legal field, and many have been promoted to positions of greater authority. Many others have continued to law school and are employed as successful attorneys and judges.

You’ll take the following classes to fulfill the requirements for a Certificate in Legal Studies:

  • LS 101 – Introduction to Legal Studies
  • LS 110 – Legal Ethics
  • LS 115 – Legal Research and Writing
  • LS 118 – Computerized Legal Research
  • LS 150 – Civil Procedure
  • LS 210 – Evidence and Discovery
  • LS 250 – Contract Law
  • LS 360 – Microcomputer Applications in Law
  • LS450 – Paralegal Professional Seminar
  • One of the following: LS 310 – Constitutional Law, LS 315 – Civil Rights Law, or LS 350 – Criminal Law
  • Two of the following: LS 120 – Personal Injury Law, LS 200 – Real Property, LS 230 – Probate Law, LS 325 – Law on Film,       LS 370 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, LS 390 – Intellectual Property, LS 400 – Juvenile Law, LS 410 – Family Law,       LS 420 – Community and Residential Property, LS 430 – Medical-Legal Research and Issues, LS 460 – Immigration Law,       LS 470 – Corporate Legal Department, or LS 490 – Insurance

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Anne Murphy Brown, Associate Professor,  Director of Legal Studies

Avery Friedman, J.D. Visiting Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

Saleh Awadallah, Adjunct Faculty

Christopher Demas, Adjunct Faculty

Hans Foster, Adjunct Faculty

Danielle Pitcock, Adjunct Faculty

Joyce Reichard, Adjunct Faculty

Richard Tomsick, Adjunct Faculty

 

 

 

 

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.