Ashland University Institutes Paralegal Certificate Program

Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education has instituted a weekend paralegal certificate program, now offered on campus.

“Paralegalism is one of the fastest growing careers in the country,” said Dwight McElfresh, dean of the Founders School. “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of paralegals will increase 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the national average for all occupations.”

McElfresh said Ashland’s weekend program, which is tied to the Paralegal Certificate Course offered through The Center for Legal Studies, will offer live lecture classes on Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for six weekends. Classes will be in the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus.

The spring semester session will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning February 2, 2013 and runs for 6 weekends ending March 17, 2013. (No classes will be held February 16 and 17 for Presidents Day.) The cost for the six-week program is $1,189 and the required textbooks can be purchased online through the Center for Legal Studies. There are no prerequisites to take the course.

McElfresh also noted that the national median salary for paralegals is currently $44,480 per year, while freelance paralegal professionals average significantly more across the board.

Students attending this program will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of law in which paralegals are in most demand.

Those wanting to register for the paralegal course or wanting more information contact Ashland University Founders School of Continuing Education at 419.207.6945 or 800.882.1548 ext. 6945.