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Law certificates, or legal studies certificates, are a graduate level certification that conveys expertise in a chosen subject or field.  Law certificates are designed to enhance students’ understanding of the theory of law and the framework of legal systems. Law certificates are most often offered and conferred by a university’s law school.   Students may choose to complete… Read more

Law certificates, or legal studies certificates, are a graduate level certification that conveys expertise in a chosen subject or field.  Law certificates are designed to enhance students’ understanding of the theory of law and the framework of legal systems. Law certificates are most often offered and conferred by a university’s law school.  

Students may choose to complete a law certificate for several reasons.  For first-year law students, law certificates can be a way to customize a law program towards specific academic interests or career goals.  Law certificates can also grant access to higher levels of legal education, like an LLM.  Some employers may look favorably upon law certificates as assurance of a candidate’s expertise in and commitment to a field of law.  In most cases, acceptance to a law certificate program requires a student to be a law student; however, some certificates are cross-disciplinary and may be undertaken by students of other subjects such as business or medicine. 

Prospective attorneys may wish to complete a law certificate in order to enhance their qualifications and better their chances of working within a chosen field.  Law certificates can also be used to pursue a career as a legal advisor, legal consultant, or head of a legal department in a corporation or business. 

If you are a first-year law student, you may wish to consider a law certificate. Certificates can be completed through the program with which you will matriculate or through a separate institution.  Some universities and law schools offer law certificates online or through distance learning programs.  If you are considering a law certificate without a law degree, it is important to ensure that you have the necessary prerequisites and qualifications.

Do you want to specialize in a field of law? Are you interested in developing your skills and knowledge, or advancing in a career that requires legal expertise? Use the list below to find the right law certificate and contact the admissions officer directly using the contact form on the page.

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The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes
Bristol, United Kingdom +3 More

Our PGCert in Legal Technology is available for both law and non-law graduates, providing you with an insight into this rapidly developing area. You will learn the basics of t ... +

Our PGCert in Legal Technology is available for both law and non-law graduates, providing you with an insight into this rapidly developing area. You will learn the basics of this exciting and often disruptive technology in a legal context and the regulation which is being formed around it. -
Certificate
Full-time
17 weeks
English
Sep 2021
Campus
Online
 
University of Essex Online
UK Online, United Kingdom

This 100% online and part-time CertHE Law programme could open up a wide range of career options – whether you’re interested in practising law professionally or seeking a care ... +

This 100% online and part-time CertHE Law programme could open up a wide range of career options – whether you’re interested in practising law professionally or seeking a career that would benefit from a legal background. Through this short course, you will be introduced to the English legal system. You will delve into a number of essential law topics and develop transferable workplace skills that you can apply to your current role from day one. No prior qualifications or work experience? Not an issue, because our online CertHE courses have an open entry route. This course can be completed in as little as 16 months – and it’s easy to progress onto the full LLB. -
Certificate
Part-time
16 months
English
Online
 
Fanshawe College
London, Canada

The front lines of the legal profession require practical knowledge and an ability to work with many different types of people and situations. If you’ve considered a career in ... +

The front lines of the legal profession require practical knowledge and an ability to work with many different types of people and situations. If you’ve considered a career in the legal field, the Paralegal program will give you the knowledge to make your dream a reality. -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Online
 

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University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law
Honolulu, USA

The Law School's Environmental Law Program (ELP) was established in 1988 in recognition of the special challenges the State of Hawai‘i faces in developing an environmentally s ... +

The Law School's Environmental Law Program (ELP) was established in 1988 in recognition of the special challenges the State of Hawai‘i faces in developing an environmentally sustainable economy in a unique island environment. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
George Washington University - College of Professional Studies
Washington, USA +2 More

As Washington DC's only academic-credit bearing paralegal studies program, the GW Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies and the Graduate Certificate for California Paraleg ... +

As Washington DC's only academic-credit bearing paralegal studies program, the GW Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies and the Graduate Certificate for California Paralegals are more than just powerful credentials; they are a signal to the best employers that you withstood the academic rigor of one of the nation's best paralegal programs. -
Certificate
Full-time
12 - 16 months
English
Campus
Online
 
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
Fort Lauderdale, USA

The NSU Law Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program gives you the edge in the highly demanding, engaging career as a paralegal with attorney offices throughou ... +

The NSU Law Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program gives you the edge in the highly demanding, engaging career as a paralegal with attorney offices throughout the U.S. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (ODER) - Faculty of Law
Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany

In some professional situations, the opportunity or the need to undertake postgraduate study may be limited to obtain LL.M degree. For some participants, the need to engage in ... +

In some professional situations, the opportunity or the need to undertake postgraduate study may be limited to obtain LL.M degree. For some participants, the need to engage in a postgraduate study may be restricted either to obtaining a broad understanding of the field or to focusing on the very specific subject matter. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 semesters
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

This course is for qualified lawyers from common law jurisdictions outside Australia who are seeking admission to practise law in NSW. Students complete 30 credit points of co ... +

This course is for qualified lawyers from common law jurisdictions outside Australia who are seeking admission to practise law in NSW. Students complete 30 credit points of core subjects spanning ethics, property, constitutional and administrative law. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Albany Law School
Albany, USA

A new all-online certificate program in Cybersecurity & Privacy Law offers students the opportunity to enroll in a unique half-year to full-year, skills-oriented cyber law ... +

A new all-online certificate program in Cybersecurity & Privacy Law offers students the opportunity to enroll in a unique half-year to full-year, skills-oriented cyber law track. -
Certificate
6 - 12 months
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
Danube University Krems FBG - Department of Law
Krems an der Donau, Austria

The Certified Program Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution provides an in-depth and practice-oriented legal training in that field. The curriculum offers students ... +

The Certified Program Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution provides an in-depth and practice-oriented legal training in that field. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to specialize in the areas of arbitration, mediation, and negotiation in an international context. With it, our graduates are prepared for a successful international career in the world of international dispute resolution. The part-time program is specifically designed for individuals who can’t leave professional or personal commitments for an entire standard academic semester. -
Certificate
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Paralegal
Houston, USA

The 8-month Paralegal Certificate program provides students with 24 semester hours of law specialty courses and meets or exceeds the program duration requirements of recognize ... +

The 8-month Paralegal Certificate program provides students with 24 semester hours of law specialty courses and meets or exceeds the program duration requirements of recognized paralegal authorities and organizations. -
Certificate
Part-time
8 months
English
Campus
Online
 
University of Fiji
Suva, Fiji

The Certificate in the Fundamentals of Law provides a pathway into the LLB programme. It is designed at the Year 13 level and will prepare students for future legal studies by ... +

The Certificate in the Fundamentals of Law provides a pathway into the LLB programme. It is designed at the Year 13 level and will prepare students for future legal studies by focusing on law-specific subjects. -
Certificate
English
Campus
 
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Orlando, USA

To receive the certificate IN CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, a student must apply for the program and complete five core courses: Family Law; Protections Children & the Law; Rig ... +

To receive the certificate IN CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, a student must apply for the program and complete five core courses: Family Law; Protections Children & the Law; Rights Children & the Law; an approved skills component; and an approved writing course. -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Mayland Community College
Spruce Pine, USA +2 More

The Criminal Justice Technology program is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system—police, courts, corrections. Mayland will prepar ... +

The Criminal Justice Technology program is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system—police, courts, corrections. Mayland will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice field and provide a foundation in the understanding of “why crime.” -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
Online
 
Southern University Law Center
Baton Rouge, USA

The Certificate in Public Law is for students interested in careers in the public policy arena. Taking advantage of SULC’s location in Louisiana’s capital city, the program of ... +

The Certificate in Public Law is for students interested in careers in the public policy arena. Taking advantage of SULC’s location in Louisiana’s capital city, the program offers specialized courses and externships, and opportunities for interdisciplinary study designed to expose students to the policy-making process. The certificate program trains students in the skills important to lawyers who participate in the development of law and policy in legislative, administrative, and judicial settings. -
Certificate
English