Justice & Public Safety

Paralegal Certificate-Only Program

Auburn Montgomery is happy to offer a non-degree paralegal certificate program as one the Justice and Public Safety undergraduate program.

JPS Paralegal Certificate Only Track

Successful completion of the following

  • Core curriculum courses (41 hours)
  • One additional course (1 hour)
  • Completion of the following six paralegal courses (19 hours):
    • JUST 3740 Law office Management
    • JUST 4602 Legal Research
    • JUST 4622 Legal Writing
    • JUST 4650 Civil Litigation
    • JUST 4800 Paralegal Studies/Legal Ethics
    • JUST 4813 Computer Applications in Law
  • You will earn an ABA-approved paralegal certificate upon completion of the required courses.


The Outreach Program paralegal certificate courses offered at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, are not ABA-approved.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Alabama law prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers, including legal assistants/paralegals.

American Bar Association Official Definition of Legal Assistant/Paralegal:

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.

A Paralegal CANNOT:

    • Give legal advice
    • Sign legal documents
    • Represent clients in a court of law
    • Set legal fees
    • Establish an attorney-client relationship

A Paralegal Can:

    • Research factual and legal issues
    • Interview clients and witnesses
    • Prepare pleadings, subpoenas, wills, contracts, and other legal documents
    • Draft and review contracts, deeds, mortgages, leases, and other legal forms
    • Prepare for and attend real estate closings
    • Prepare documents concerning corporations, partnerships, businesses, and family law matters
    • Gather information in preparation for lawsuits
    • Digest and index information obtained prior to trial
    • Maintain complex dockets and files, both manually and on a computer for availability to attorneys

Legal Studies Program Goal and Objectives: 

The goal of the Legal Studies program is to produce extremely competent individuals who are well prepared for careers as professional paralegals/legal assistants.

    • To prepare students for a variety of careers and enhance their prospects for employment and promotion by providing them with functional law-related knowledge
    • To provide students with theoretical and practical education to fulfill the duties of a paralegal in both the private and public sectors
    • To prepare students for the Certified Legal Assistant or Registered Paralegal examination.
    • To ensure that students understand the standards of legal ethics and restrictions on the practice of law by paralegals and other lay persons

Legal Specialty Transfer Policy for Certificate-Only Program and Minor in Legal Studies:
No transfer credit accepted for Certificate-Only Program or Minor in Legal Studies.

Credit by Examination Policy:  No legal specialty course credit is awarded for experience and examination.  No transfer credit accepted for Certificate-Only Program or Minor in Legal Studies.   

AUM is an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.


The Outreach Program paralegal certificate courses offered at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, are not ABA-approved. 
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Alabama law prohibits the practice of law by non-lawyers, including legal assistants/paralegals.