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Westfield State University to Offer Legal Studies Certificate Courses

The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University and the Center for Legal Studies (CLS) will offer a Paralegal Certificate course and Advanced Paralegal Certificate course this spring and summer.

Both the Paralegal Certificate course and Advanced Paralegal Certificate course prepare students for careers as paralegals. In a law firm, a paralegal assists qualified lawyers in all aspects of the law practice, including meeting clients, drafting paperwork, and researching. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions will be 28 percent higher by 2018 than it was a decade earlier, a growth rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations. Besides law firms, paralegals are often hired by banks, insurance companies, real estate companies, legal clinics, courts, government agencies, charitable organizations, accounting and engineering firms, title companies, construction companies, legal aid offices, and automobile dealerships.

Topics covered in the Paralegal Certificate course include legal terminology, legal research, evidentiary procedure, and legal writing among others.  The Advanced Paralegal Certificate course will allow students to learn about bankruptcy law, victim advocacy, dispute resolution, education law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure.

“Westfield State University is excited to continue expanding our non-credit offerings through our partnership with CLS and are committed to providing high-quality workforce education to our community,” added Jessica Tansey, acting director, Program Development and Outreach, of the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Students have the option of beginning their courses in six different sessions throughout the year.  Upcoming sessions will begin on March 9 and May 4.  Each session is seven weeks long.  For course descriptions and more information, please visit our website at If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Fredette at (413) 572-8033 or To register, please call the Center for Legal Studies at 1-800-522-7737 or register online at


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