Minor/Certificate in Legal Studies (ABA-Approved)

Program Contact: Jill E. Martin   203-582-8712

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.

Legal Studies Minor/Certificate Curriculum 

Total of 21 credits:

Required Courses (Students must earn a grade of C or better in all 200 level or above required courses in the Legal Studies minor/certificate to move to the next required course)15
LE 101Introduction to the American Legal System3
LE 211Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I3
LE 212Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing II3
LE 305Civil Procedures3
LE 485Legal Internship Seminar 13
Legal Studies Electives (choose two from electives approved as Legal Practice)6
LE 309Advanced Legal Writing and Advocacy3
LE 311Administrative Agencies3
LE 315Wills, Probate and Estate Administration3
LE 320Land Transfer and Closing Procedures3
LE 328Employment Law3
LE 330Law of Business Entities3
LE 345Intellectual Property3
LE 360Mediation3
LE 370Negotiation3

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Minor/Certificate in Legal Studies will be able to:

  1. Understand and critically assess how law is made, interpreted, and applied in the United States.
  2. Analyze a legal problem, research and synthesize the law, apply it to a set of facts, and write a legal memo using a generally accepted format for the legal profession with proper legal citation.
  3. Draft, review, organize, and manage legal documents and correspondence using proper format and appropriate content.
  4. Formulate and present a coherent, well-supported legal argument in both written and oral form to diverse audiences.
  5. Apply their legal skills and knowledge in a professional legal setting, consistent with ethical standards governing the legal profession.