Program Goals and Objectives
The Paralegal Institute’s Mission is to prepare students for careers as legal support professionals by providing a well-balanced, fully-integrated education including substantive knowledge, practical skills and a perspective of themselves and the community that enable them to perform effectively in a variety of legal settings.
The Values that guide the Paralegal Institute are a devotion to the University’s Spiritan ideals, commitment to the ethical obligations of legal services professionals and acceptance of individual responsibility in advancing the Institute’s Mission in furtherance of its Vision.
Upon completion of your paralegal certificate you will:
- Understand the fundamentals of the legal system, its processes and alternatives
- Be capable of considering complex and varying legal issues
- Understand the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and their application to paralegals in all employment settings
- Demonstrate analytical and judgment abilities
- Be familiar with legal and factual research using both traditional and emerging technology tools
- Apply knowledge and understanding of substantive law and legal principles in one or more areas of practice
- Demonstrate sound legal writing skills
- Apply knowledge management and organizational skills
To prepare you for on-the-job success, the program will:
- Be informed about changes in the delivery of legal services in the community
- Provide students with an understanding and appreciation of how the legal system works and the role of paralegals
- Provide an education that emphasizes the importance of research, writing, technology literacy, and professional responsibility, including pro bono service
- Evaluate curriculum and services on a regular basis and incorporate changes identified through that process
- Engage instructors with outstanding practical experience and communication skills, and foster their professional development
- Promote an appreciation and respect for others
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.