Undergraduate Paralegal Studies Certificate...for Daemen students with ANY Major!

Interested in a career in law? Enjoy experiential learning with real-life scenarios? Check out Daemen's Paralegal Studies Certificate!

Daemen’s Paralegal Certificate is designed for the college student who wants the flexibility offered by another credential, or who is considering a career in a legal field. Students love the hands-on practical courses taught by local attorneys and judges who are experts in their field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job market for paralegals will grow 17% from 2012 to 2022 -- so be prepared!

Unlike other certificate programs, students take classes in the same rigorous program as students in the bachelor's track. The average student in the certificate program will take 25-30 credit hours of coursework in paralegal studies requirements.

Program Highlights

  • All classes are offered in the evening.
  • A wide variety of legal specialty courses are available. 
  • Emphasis on legal writing, legal research, and analytical skills.
  • Hands-on research instruction at the University at Buffalo Law Library.
  • Free access to the premier legal database, WestlawNext, used in law schools, courts, and law firms.
  • Full semester courses so students can develop their skills with hands-on assignments.
  • Opportunity to learn from practical experiences such as trips to courts and legal offices in downtown Buffalo, guest speakers, and internships.
  • Students are taught by experienced attorneys who are experts in their field and have spent years working with paralegals.
  • Interactive classes.
  • Paralegal students have enjoyed internships at Buffalo City Court, Niagara County Court, Hodgson Russ, New York State Attorney General's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, and private firms such as Bernhardi & Lukasik and Sarles, Frey & Joseph.
  • Experience service-learning by working with attorneys from not-for-profits helping immigrants and refugees from all over the world!
  • The Certificate program can be finished in as little as 2 semesters!

 *Paralegals assist attorneys in legal research, writing, and case investigation. Paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Career Options

Paralegal skills can prepare you for many different jobs in many different places, such as courts, the legislature, insurance companies, employment agencies, nonprofits, or health insurance agencies. With paralegal skills, you can be a small business owner or work for a legal software company. Learning paralegal skills, in addition to the pre-law minor, can also help prepare you for law school.

Robert Altenburger

Business and Paralegal Certificate

I chose to add the Paralegal Certificate because I always had an interest in law. The certificate gave me a greater understanding of the law and how it applies in an everyday setting. After graduation, I was able to get a job with M&T Bank working with the process improvement team.

For more information, contact Program Director, Margaret Phillips, J.D.