Professional & Continuing Studies

Paralegal student William Simons standing outside in front of trees
Will Simons completed the Paralegal Certificate program in 2017.

Serving future and current legal professionals

LEARN MORE View our fall 2021 information session recording

Learn More about UD PCS Virtual Info SessionsThe National Association of Legal Assistants traces the development of the paralegal career to the late 1960s, when law firms and individual practitioners were seeking to improve the efficient and cost-effective delivery of legal services. Assisting lawyers in this role, paralegals’ duties often include conducting legal research, preparing presentations, interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, and guiding law office administration. The first paralegal training programs were established in the early 1970s, and the University of Delaware was near the forefront with the introduction of its curriculum in 1978.

Complementing its long-running Paralegal Certificate program, the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) offers the Advanced Paralegal Seminar Series.

Paralegal Certificate – LEARN MORE

Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 30, 2021-July 20, 2022
6-9 p.m.
Working with attorneys or under permission granted by statutes, paralegals fill a vital role in the legal community. The American Bar Association has recognized the position of paralegal as an important factor in helping the legal profession meet the increasing demand for legal services. Taught by a faculty of experienced attorneys, the program covers the American system of law, court systems and procedures, and legal research and writing, and introduces the major branches of law.
$3,800 – Scholarships and various discounts available

Advanced Paralegal Seminar Series

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Anyone employed by a law firm, working toward a legal profession, or possessing legal experience and wishing to increase their knowledge in the legal field can enhance their career through advanced education in various areas of the law. By studying targeted topics, students can gain the specialized knowledge that will increase their scope of practice and competencies, and make them more effective in working with attorneys who may focus on particular legal fields and specialties. These short-term courses are designed to accommodate busy professionals.

Returning in spring 2022

  • E-filing
  • E-discovery

Interested in the Advanced Paralegal Seminar Series? Please fill out the questionnaire below.

Delaware State Bar Association logo Delaware Paralegal Association logo Delaware County Paralegal Association logo Thanks to our partnerships with local legal organizations, employees of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) and its member firms and members of the Delaware Paralegal Association (DPA) and the Delaware County Paralegal Association (DCPA) are eligible to receive a 15% discount when registering for UD PCS Paralegal Institute classes.

Scholarship opportunity

The DCPA is offering a $500 scholarship to a student pursuing a certificate or degree in paralegal studies. The deadline to apply is June 1.  For the application and instructions, CLICK HERE.

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