Paralegal Certificate Overview
The Rollins College Certificate in Paralegal Studies is a six-month, non-credit certificate program designed to advance the skills and career options of professionals in the legal industry. The paralegal certificate program focuses on practical comprehensive training and knowledge used in the legal industry. Students will navigate through six educational course elements: Introduction of Law, Torts & Personal Injury, Legal Research & Writing, Civil Litigation, Contract Law, and Family Law.
If you are interested in enhancing your professional credibility, training, employment prospects and income potential, the Rollins College Paralegal Certificate is for you – Enroll Today!
Who should attend the Paralegal Certificate Program?
This certificate program accommodates professionals in Greater Orlando and Central Florida
- Legal assistants and staff wishing to enhance or advance their careers by earning a professional credential
- Career changers seeking a professional career with strong compensation
- Students considering law school who would like to get a head start within the industry
Certificate from Rollins College:
Upon meeting the necessary requirements of the program you will receive a certificate of completion from Rollins College, on behalf of the Hamilton Holt School’s Center for Lifelong Learning.
Certificate v. Certification?
Professional or personnel certification is a voluntary process by which individuals' pre-acquired knowledge, skills, or competencies are evaluated against predetermined standards. Participants who demonstrate that they meet the standards by successfully completing the assessment process are granted the certification. A great example of a certification is the NALA (National Association for Legal Assistant)’s paralegal certification.
An assessment-based certificate program is a non-degree granting educational program that:
(a) provides instruction and training to aid participants in acquiring specific knowledge, skills, and/or competencies associated with intended learning outcomes;
(b) evaluates participants’ achievement of the intended learning outcomes; and
(c) awards a certificate only to those participants who meet the performance, proficiency or passing standard for the assessment(s).
An assessment-based certificate is NOT a certificate of attendance or participation because the participants have to demonstrate accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes. (http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=4). Our assessment-based certificate program will help fast-track your paralegal career.
Our program include the following courses:
Introduction to Law – The Introduction to Law course provides an overview of the environment in which a paralegal works by introducing legal writing and citation, the operation of the court system, the role of government in the legal system, and the basics of attorney/paralegal ethics.
Torts & Personal Injury – The Tort Law & Person Injury course provides a thorough overview of the causes of actions and remedies available to a person who is injured as the result of a certain type of civil wrong that is known as a tort. During the course, students will identify and apply the different standards of care identified in negligence actions and analyze and apply the different types of damages available in tort law.
Civil Litigation – The Civil Litigation course prepares students to work in the context of civil litigation. Note that Florida’s legal system is similar to many other states and this knowledge is applicable outside of the state. During the course, students will learn both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures (applicable in all federal courts) and the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.
Legal Research & Writing – The Legal Research & Writing course provides the foundation for finding legal authority, conducting legal analysis, and writing basic legal memorandum. During the course, students will conduct legal research through Westlaw’s online database, identify and distinguish the difference between primary and secondary authority, and author a legal memorandum.
Contract Law – The Contract Law course will provide an introduction to the broad area of contract law, the basics of contract law and the elements necessary to create a valid contract. During the course, students will learn the basic requirements of an enforceable contract, contract performance and remedies available upon the breach of a contract.
Family Law – The Family Law course is an overview of basic principles of family law. During the course, students will be introduced to terms and procedures associated with a general domestic practice including such topics as divorce, support, child custody, and property division.