Minor/Certificate in Legal Studies (ABA-Approved)

Program Contact:  Michelle D. Miller 203-582-3231

Quinnipiac University’s ABA-approved Minor/Certificate in Legal Studies is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the paralegal profession. The minor is planned and taught by lawyers to provide students with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the legal system.  The courses chosen for the minor prepare students to work as a paralegal in diverse legal settings. The legal studies minor/certificate has been approved by the American Bar Association as a paralegal education program. A paralegal performs specifically delegated substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. While paralegals may not give legal advice to clients or appear in court on their behalf, these highly skilled professionals perform a wide range of tasks and play an integral role in the delivery of legal services.

The education focuses on particular core areas of the law and on developing specific legal research, writing, and critical thinking skills, all within a framework of the ethical and statutory constraints confronting the paralegal profession. This combination of theoretical classwork with real-world experience, along with exposure to traditional liberal arts and general education, and a major in another discipline at Quinnipiac, prepares legal studies certificate students for a broad range of professional opportunities.

Minor Policy: Students may complete only one minor using the same courses. Majors may not complete a minor within the same department.