Paralegal Degree & Legal Secretary Certificate

The Business, Legal and Technology (BLT) Education Department offers a paralegal degree and legal secretary certificate. The advising sheets provide a detailed list of courses required to complete a degree or certificate.

Associate in Science Degree, Paralegal (60 credits/20 courses)

  • The associate in science (AS) degree is a 60-credit program that prepares students interested in careers as paralegals or for positions where communication, analytical, and organizational skills as well as knowledge of law and legal procedures are necessary.
  • Students take required law courses that covers the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful paralegal, such as legal research, writing, and litigation.
  • There are legal specialty courses that allow students an opportunity to take various courses to focus their interests in a particular field, such as criminal, family, and intellectual property law.
  • As a capstone to the paralegal degree, students enroll in a cooperative education course where they gain actual job experience while earning credits towards graduation.
  • The AS paralegal program is the only American Bar Association approved paralegal program in the state of Hawai`i.

Certificate of Competence, Legal Secretary* (18 credits/6 courses)

  • The certificate of competence (CO) is an 18-credit department certificate awarded to students who complete courses that provide job-related skills as a legal secretary.
  • The courses in this program prepare students for office work in the legal environment; it does not provide training in traditional secretarial skills.
  • The program emphasizes familiarity of legal office theory and procedure, legal terminology, legal communications, legal documents, and legal office technology.
  • This certificate also includes a capstone course that students enroll in where they gain actual job experience while earning credits towards graduation.
  • Most CO courses apply to the associate in science degree in paralegal.

*This certificate does not prepare a student to work as a paralegal.