As Georgia’s longest-running post-baccalaureate paralegal program, Emory Continuing Education (ECE)'s Paralegal Certificate Program prepares college graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the legal profession. Our comprehensive program—taught by licensed attorneys—consists of multiple core and elective courses totaling more than 100 classroom hours. Students will learn about state and federal court systems while conducting research, writing memos, and creating discovery documents. Areas of study also include attorney/paralegal ethics, contracts, and additional legal terms and court procedures. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in customary law office tasks under the supervision of an attorney.

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Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the ethical duties imposed on attorneys and paralegals
  • Identify state and federal court systems and local jurisdictions
  • Define legal terminology and procedures
  • Create discovery documents
  • Conduct online legal research
  • Compose a closed-legal memorandum
  • Recognize the requirements for a binding contract
  • Recognize when a breach of contract is committed


This program is open only to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree (or verified foreign equivalent) or higher. There are no exceptions to this policy. No previous legal experience is necessary to join the program.

Additional Details


Paralegal Certificate Application

Submit your application and pay the application fee ($25) online. Please note that a bachelor's degree is required to be admitted to the Paralegal Certificate program.


Minimum Required

5 Course(s)

Students should complete the five (5) required courses in the order listed below:

Minimum Required

2 Course(s)

Students must complete two (2) of the following electives before, during, or after the required courses. Each elective is offered once per year.

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