Paralegal Certificate Program

According to the Department of Labor, legal occupations will increase by about 131,000. This growth reflects continued demand for legal services from government, individuals, and businesses alike. Paralegals and legal assistants are expected to account for 46,900 new jobs as legal establishments attempt to reduce costs by assigning these workers more tasks that were once performed by lawyers. (

Beginning January 2014, the Paralegal Certificate program at Troy University will require ten courses taught through the Dothan Campus by local attorneys. The program curriculum consists of courses which combine instruction in substantive law with practical procedural skills and is designed to meet the educational needs of career oriented adults. Eight courses are taught in the classroom with two elective courses to be taken online. Students must have a high school diploma or GED and possess computer and internet skills.

    Program Requirements:
  • 8 courses, each held one night per week for 8 weeks.
  • 2 online elective courses through Ed2Go ( Upon completion of each online course, the student must submit to the Continuing Education office a copy of their certificate and final exam.

  • Complete at your own pace:
  • Take one or all courses offered each term.
  • Complete in 12 to 36 months.

  • Certificate Requirements:
  • Complete 10 courses within 36 months.
  • 75% attendance (two excused absences).
  • 70% minimum test grade on each course.
  • 70% minimum on comprehensive exam taken upon completion of all 10 courses.

Each course is $139* plus cost of books.

2016 Course Schedule*

January 7 – February 25 Legal Research
January 25 – March 21 (skip March 7) Wills, Trusts, and Estates
March 3 – April 28 (skip March 10) Legal Writing
April 25 – June 20 (skip May 30) Family Law
May 10 – June 28 Ethics for Paralegals
August 1 – September 26 (skip Sep. 5) Introduction to Paralegalism
September 20 – November 8 Juvenile Law
October 13 – December 8 (skip Nov. 24) Depositions and Trial Preparation


Elective courses are acceptable only through Troy University Continuing Education link to Ed2Go at Courses include:

  • Employment Law Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Legal Nurse Consulting

*Actual course dates, topics, and fees are subject to change. Contact the Continuing Education office, 334-983-0005, to confirm courses, dates and fees.

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