Paralegal Studies | Webster University

Paralegal Studies


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2020

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

24 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Law, Crime and Social Justice Department. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at the Gateway campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

The certificate program in paralegal studies is designed to provide the theoretical and practical education needed by those who work or desire to work as paralegals or legal assistants.

Special Requirements

All core courses must be taken at Webster University. Since core courses are generally taught at the advanced level, students must have earned at least 84 credit hours, including the 24-credit-hour core in paralegal studies, before a certificate can be issued.


  • LEGL 2400/POLT 2400 Introduction to Law (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3000 Legal Ethics (3 hours)
  • LEGL 3490 Litigation (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4460 Methods of Legal Research & Writing I (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4470 Methods of Legal Research & Writing II (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4480 Computerized Legal Research (3 hours)
  • LEGL 4800 Advanced Topics in Law (6 hours)

Note: A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals or legal assistants may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Webster University's St. Louis area paralegal programs have been approved by the American Bar Association.