The Department of Justice Studies offers a Paralegal Studies Certificate Program for post-baccalaureate students, which includes a balanced and varied background in the legal fundamentals, appropriate skills, and practical fieldwork experience necessary for employment as a legal assistant. The program develops intellectual and analytical skills, educates students for direct employment opportunities in the paralegal field, and provides additional career possibilities in combination with a student’s undergraduate degree.
The Montclair State University Paralegal Studies Program is the first and only state college or university in New Jersey to receive American Bar Association approval. A certificate of completion is awarded to all students who meet program standards, fulfill the 21 credit hours required in the program, maintain a 2.75 GPA, and have completed a bachelor’s degree.
With the exception of giving legal advice, making court appearances and setting fees, a paralegal may carry out many tasks. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.