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2022-2023 Professional and Continuing Education Catalog 
2022-2023 Professional and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Certificate

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Tonia Wernette
440E Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-4386
Please click to visit our website for the most up-to-date program information: Paralegal Program Website


Program Description

The primary goal of the Paralegal Program at Oakland University is to introduce students to the study of law with emphasis on real-world applications and legal procedures. Classes are taught by attorneys, judges and qualified professionals who understand the role of the paralegal in modern legal practice.

Application Requirements

1. Visit the program website to complete an application. Be sure to attach a copy of your resume and a one-page autobiography outlining your interest in the program to the application.

2. Have certified transcripts sent from an accredited higher education institution, college or university showing satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours or 60 quarter hours. Transcripts can be sent officially from the institution to or mailed to:

Oakland University PACE

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Dr
Rochester MI 48309-4482


Program Requirements

Oakland university’s accelerated Paralegal Program consists of 9 courses: Introduction to Law and Ethics, Substantive Law - Contracts, Substantive Law - Torts, Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, and Computerized Assisted Legal Research and Basic Office Skills. The last semester will consist of a 100-hour internship and 4-7 week elective courses covering Auto Law, Employment Law, Probate, Estate Planning and Elder Law. Students who will be in a cohort group are required to take 3 courses every semester, for 3 semesters.


Details about registration will be provided upon admission to the program.

Course Descriptions


CEPL 25160 CEPL 25160 - Ethics and Law Practice Management  

Special Topics (7 Weeks)


CEPL 25760 - Patent, Trade, Copyright  

CEPL 25210 CEPL 25210 - Criminal Law  



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