Practice Area Concentration Certificate

The University of Miami has expanded paralegal program offerings, with emphasis on skill building and advanced application based learning in specific areas of law. Each Paralegal Concentration utilizes textbooks and resources associated with an area of law, structured in incremental learning, centered on key concepts, rights, remedies, legal trends, procedure, research, and writing. The Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs allow paralegals to reinforce current skills and build higher level skills in areas of law that are in high demand for paralegal careers.

The University of Miami Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are offered in the following areas: Immigration Law, Litigation, Contract Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Probate Law, Real Estate Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law, and Criminal Law.

The University of Miami Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are available in an Open Enrollment format, allowing students to select the Program start date. The Online format offers an easy-to-navigate learning management system that affords students the opportunity to progress through the materials at a pace determined by the student, working collaboratively with the Program Instructor.

All Program Instructors are licensed attorneys with professional experience in the field of instruction. Each student is assigned an instructor who works one-to-one with them throughout the Program, providing guidance and substantive feedback. The Program structure consists of application-based, practice-specific research and document drafting assignments, practice quizzes, curated articles specific to the area of study, professionally narrated eLectures, and other state-of-the-art online study tools and eWorkshops.

The eligibility requirement for enrollment in a University of Miami Paralegal Concentration Certificate Program is one of the following: 1) a recognized Paralegal Certificate; 2) an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies; 3) a Bachelor's Degree with a Paralegal Major; 4) a Bachelor's or Associates Degree in any field of study plus proof of five (5) years of employment as a paralegal or legal assistant in a law firm or corporation under the direct supervision of an attorney.

The University of Miami Paralegal Concentration Certificate Programs are offered through the Office of Professional Advancement.

Contract Law Concentration

Formal agreements between two or more parties usually involve contracts.

This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course PLG-603, Section 36
Starts : 8/1/2017 Ends : 2/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-603, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-603, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Business Law Concentration

Paralegals who have a working knowledge of the procedures for incorporating a business and the documentation necessary to maintain the corporate structure are at a distinct advantage.

Course PLG-604, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-604, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Criminal Law and Procedure Concentration

In criminal work, it is not only property or money at stake. It is a defendant’s freedom. Whether working for a defense attorney or a government entity, the paralegal can be part of the process that requires that accused individuals be given a fair trial. Paralegal today conduct interviews, perform research, help to prepare documents for trial, and many other crucial duties on behalf of the supervising attorney.

Course PLG-605, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Bankruptcy Law Concentration

Areas of law that are either “procedure – heavy” or “document-intensive” tend to be great areas of employment for paralegals. Bankruptcy is both! Paralegals enable law firms to handle more clients, more efficiently, and to provide better client service. A paralegal’s role in bankruptcy is critical.

Course PLG-607, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Intellectual Property Law Concentration

General intellectual property paralegal positions are growing at a high rate. In addition, patent administration is one of the fastest growing and highest paid areas of legal administration. Qualified patent paralegals (also called patent specialist or patent secretaries) are in high demand and can earn up to 50% more than the average paralegal!

Course PLG-608, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Immigration Law Concentration

Immigration is the single fastest growing specialty area of law for paralegals. As the global marketplace expands, the need for legal services related to immigration will continue to grow, and paralegal job opportunities should increase. Immigration is an ever more pervasive legal aspect for businesses, the government, families, and individuals in our society.

This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course PLG-610, Section 39
Starts : 10/1/2017 Ends : 4/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-610, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-610, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Wills And Trust Concentration

Whether drafting a will or helping to administer a trust, attorneys appreciate the role of paralegals in estate planning and administration. Wills allow a person to dictate what will be done with her or her property after death. Trusts involve the administration of funds from an estate in a pre-determined fashion. Probate is the process of enforcing wills, estate planning, and established trusts through the courts.

Course PLG-612, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-612, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Employment Law Concentration

Employment law encompasses contractual agreements, duties of the employer and rights of the employee, harassment issues, race discrimination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, and sexual orientation discrimination, and, of course issues related to termination.

Course PLG-615, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Real Estate Law Concentration

Paralegals are the perfect tool for the drafting of sales contracts, leases, and property management agreements. There are also more newly evolved legal issues related to restrictive covenants, lease-holds, and home – owner associations that make legal representation ever present in real estate matters.

Course PLG-619, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-619, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995

Litigation Concentration

Litigation is the largest single are of employment for Paralegals. It involves helping an attorney prepare for, conduct, and potentially appeal the results of a trial. More and more, alternative forms of conflict resolution are encompassed within the realm of litigation specialist, such as arbitration, mediation, and even the new concept of “mini-trials.”

Course PLG-621, Section 42
Starts : 1/1/2018 Ends : 7/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995
Course PLG-621, Section 43
Starts : 2/1/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Flexible
Time : Flexible
$2995