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Add value to your current bachelor’s degree with this Legal Studies certificate from PennWest University.

It will make you more valuable to a new employer or help you advance the career you have already chosen. Since it is delivered both in-person and online, you can acquire new skills on your own time, at your own pace.

What makes a Legal Studies certificate a valuable addition to any bachelor’s degree? The answer is simple. There are few industries, public or private, that are not affected by the law. For example, if you’re a Business major, a Legal Studies certificate could make you a great candidate for working in a corporate law department. If you’re majoring in Social Work, you may someday be required to testify in court.

The Legal Studies certificate provides you with a broad view of law. You’ll study topics such as ethics and the law, the principles of litigation and legal writing. You’ll also have elective options that include more specific areas, such as family law, real estate law, environmental law, administrative law and wills, trusts and estates.

You’ll learn under the guidance of faculty who are experts in their field and will help you make the most of this highly regarded credential.

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ABA Approved

Coursework approved by the American Bar Association.


Nearly every industry benefits from employees who understand the law.


Arms you with the expertise you need to succeed in multiple industries.

Fast Facts


Student-to-faculty ratio at PennWest




100% online


Frank Shepard

Careers and Salaries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growing need for paralegals and legal assistants. They say there will be 38,000 openings for these positions every year for the next ten years. Although a Legal Studies certification may not be the only requirement you need to work as a paralegal or legal assistant in a law firm, it will add value to whatever position you currently hold and open up new opportunities in the field.  

Program Outcomes

  1. Effectively complete legal research tasks
  2. Effectively prepare legal documents
  3. Explain the ethical responsibilities of a paralegal.
  4. Analyze complicated issues of substantive law.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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