The paralegal studies certificate focuses on the legal concepts, procedures, and skills used in a wide variety of legal environments. The program addresses the organization, functions, and processes of institutions in the U.S. legal system, roles and issues in the paralegal field, legal ethics, and selected specialty areas. The curriculum emphasizes important skills, including legal analysis, communication, legal research, computer competence, legal drafting, investigation, organization, and specialized legal skills. With appropriate choice of courses, this certificate may be completed while pursuing the Bachelor of Science in legal studies. (However, students may not pursue the paralegal studies certificate within the associate of arts curriculum in legal studies.) No more than 12 credits in certificate courses may be earned through transfer or prior-learning credit.