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Certificate in Political Science


Paralegals, or Legal Assistants, play an increasingly important role in the legal system. They work in all areas of practice including private law firms, government offices, corporations, insurance companies and banks. They assist attorneys in a wide array of tasks such as fact gathering, document preparation, file organization, and client contact.

The Paralegal Certificate at FHSU can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or in combination with any degree program on campus. Many students choose to combine this certificate with a Pre-law/Legal Studies Certificate, overlapping two of the requirements (POLS 320 and POLS 425).

Please note that this is an academic certificate program, and does not qualify you to sit for the national exam as will a professional certificate program. We do, however, have a partnership with The Center for Legal Studies. Please contact us to learn more about our partnership with The Center for Legal Studies. For more information about professional paralegal certification, you can explore sites for The Center for Legal Studies or the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Program Summary

Virtual Students Please Note: This certificate is not presently available online.

Paralegal Certificate

The following 15 hours are required:

  • BCOM 250: Word Processing Applications (3 Credit Hours)
  • BCOM 301: Business Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 320: Introduction to Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 425: Legal Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 401: Ethical Issues in the Professions and Business (3 Credit Hours)
  • Students must choose 3 hours of electives, either from the following list or other courses with permission: (3 Credit Hours)

  • GBUS 204: Business Law
    GBUS 403: Commercial Law
    JUS 331: Criminal Law
    AGRI 321: Agriculture Law
    PHIL 310: Philosophy of Law
    INT 610: Public Policy, Law and Ethics in INT
    INT 658: Law of Cyberspace

Center for Legal Studies Paralegal Course Options

Virtual students, as well as on-campus students, may be interested in the Center for Legal Studies' Paralegal and Advanced Paralegal Courses offered through Fort Hays State University. These courses are continuing education courses and are NOT offered for FHSU credit. Also, please see the CLS website for information about Financial Aid availability for CLS courses.

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