Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

Paralegal Program

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Information Session March 24, 2015, 5:45 to 7:00 p.m.


About the Program

  • Experienced, dedicated faculty and staff understand the needs of working adults
  • Our ten-course certificate can be completed in one year
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify
  • Small class sizes are conducive to learning and relationship-building
  • Classes are conveniently scheduled in the evenings

Program Outcomes

  1. To train students in a practical way for careers as paralegals to attorneys.
  2. To promote a basic understanding of legal concepts and terms on subjects that are important to those engaged in general practice or in specialized areas of law and to equip students with legal writing and research skills that will enable graduates to perform as skilled members of a legal team.
  3. To provide a general understanding of the principles of ethical and professional responsibility as these relate to lawyers and paralegals.
  4. To provide a broad background in general education for development of educated, socially, morally, and ethically aware individuals.
  5. To constantly upgrade and adjust the program to fulfill the needs of the community by seeking input from local attorneys, paralegals, and students.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2015

Priority Deadline* January 7, 2015
Final Deadline** January 16, 2015
Term Begins January 26, 2015

Summer 2015

Priority Deadline* May 13, 2015
Final Deadline** May 21, 2015
Term Begins June 1, 2015

Fall 2015

Priority Deadline* July 24, 2015
Final Deadline** August 7, 2015
Term Begins TBD

* Submission of FAFSA and completed application by this date guarantees financial aid consideration for the current term.

** Applicants applying for admission after this date may be eligible for financial aid through the submission of the FAFSA. Due to possible timing issues or time constraints, financial aid may not be available for disbursement by the first day of class. Students must secure other funding in the meantime to guarantee their continued enrollment.

Applicant Criteria

Prospective students must meet one of the following criteria:

Received a Bachelor's or Associate's Degree

The student has earned a bachelor's degree or a transferrable associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Completed 60 Credit Hours Toward a Degree

The student has earned sixty credit hours from a regionally accredited institution regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. Students who fall into this category must also meet the general education minimums established by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals. Download the transcript checksheet we will use to evaluate your transcripts to determine if those requirements have been met. In addition to the application requirements listed below, applicants in this category must have two years' relevant work experience in the legal field and submit two letters of reference from employers who can speak to the students' capacity for success in this program.

Transcript Checksheet

Enrolled in Samford University's Evening College

The student wishes to complete a bachelor's degree in the evenings through Samford University's Evening College and also wishes to include the paralegal certificate as part of his or her degree plan. The Evening College is the administrative office that manages the needs of students who fall into this category. Talk to an Evening College advisor by calling 205-726-2898 or visit their website.


The following materials are required before we can begin to review your application.

  • Completed online application
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Application essay
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended

As noted above, applicants who do not have a degree and who do not intend to pursue a bachelor's degree must meet additional criteria before their application can be reviewed, and an application decision made. The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program admits students for the fall, spring, and summer terms. For more information, view our catalog.

Schedules and Course Information

Important Financial Information

  • The current tuition per credit hour is $350. The program is 30 credit hours, consisting of 10, 3-credit courses.
  • A one-time fee of $95 will attach to registration in Legal Research and Writing (ECPA 123) which will allow you access to Westlaw for the duration of the program.
  • The is an undergraduate level program.  Please make note of that when you complete your FAFSA, should you choose to apply for financial aid.
  • The number of undergraduate hours you have earned will determine the amount of aid for which you qualify. For all financial-aid related questions, please contact the Elizabeth Martin in the Office of Financial Aid at 205-726-2905 or by email at
  • For payment due dates and other payment-related questions, please visit the Bursar's Office website or call that office at 205-726-2816.
  • To begin your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, visit

Salary and Employment Information

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Consumer Information

Estimated transportation costs per year - $1,750.00