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Legal Essentials Certificate

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The Legal Essentials certificate provides a conceptual appreciation for the essential principals, doctrines, rules and structural elements of the American legal system and the practice of law. This program provides a focused study of American court systems, constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, (including torts, contract law, and family law), and business law. The certificate is intended for students pursuing a variety of professions which intersect with the legal system, including paralegal, law enforcement officer, social workers, non-profit leader, and human resources executive.

The Legal Essentials Certificate requires 21 credit hours of course.

Legal Essentials Certificate – 21 Credits
Can be pursued during or after an associate


Why take this certificate?

  • Lead a team with a clear understanding of the legal system Learn the essential principles, doctrines, rules, and structural elements of the American legal system and the practice of law
  • Promote ethical insights and critical thinking Bridge theory with practice by learning from experienced attorneys.
  • Take a step forward and be ready to learn skills that will offer marketable and competitive knowledge

Who is it for?

Professionals or students who need to:

  • Bolster oral and written communication skills and study the styles of business correspondence Study the process of applying law and legal rules to specific factual situations
  • Learn about criminal law, its process, and the crimes encountered in a paralegal career Pursue a paralegal career and learn about Missouri and federal civil procedures, trial preparation, tort law, family law, and the legal and ethical environment of business

Careers

  • Pursue a variety of professions which intersect with the legal system, including paralegal, law enforcement officer, social workers, non-profit leader, and human resources executive