While a paralegal doesn’t have to have the same amount or depth of legal knowledge as an attorney, he or she still has to be conversant with several areas of law. That’s why paralegal schools in Maryland offer degree courses that include studies in civil law, criminal law, and other common aspects of law. In fact, some paralegals specialize in one type of law, such as family law or real estate. Other topics included in paralegal training are law office procedures, ethics and confidentiality, wills and other legal documents, communication, legal research and writing, and computer skills. Paralegals who are certified by an independent agency, such as NALA, demonstrate their experience and skill in this career.
- Certificate: Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate