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 to 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
- Career changers seeking a professional career with strong compensation
- Students considering law school who would like to get a head start within the legal industry
Receiving a 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.
What does a paralegal studies certificate mean?
Our assessment-based certificate program will help fast-track your paralegal career in Florida.
We will provide you with (or the) knowledge and skills necessary to begin your legal career. Our program evaluates your individual performance. You must maintain a 75% average in the program and receive a 70% or better in each course in order to receive your certificate.
As a participant in the paralegal program, you will benefit from the following courses:
The paralegal career portfolio is a collection of written assignments from the paralegal program along with your resume and cover letter. It is a visual tool that highlights the skills employers want. This is an opportunity to showcase your credibility and enhance prospective employer’s confidence in you. You'll always put your best foot forward with this professional collection.
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 Lexis Nexis 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.