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    Saybrook University
  Apr 25, 2024
2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum

Legal Studies Certificate

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Overview of Program

In the Legal Studies Certificate program, students will acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of the field of law and how it works. This can add career value for students pursuing degrees in social work, counseling, clinical psychology, transformative social change, and more.

Courses cover a range of topics pertaining to law, including: 
Legal process and advocacy, Family law, Child welfare law, Education and special education law, and Mental health law.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to navigate legal systems in various settings to advocate for clients. Through close examination of the way legal systems work in multiple fields, graduates will be able to provide program development and consultation services for organizations and individuals. 

Career Opportunities

​​Upon completion of the Legal Studies Certificate, graduates will be prepared to be leaders and change agents in a variety of fields, as administrators, policy makers, practitioners.  Graduates will be prepared to advocate for policy reform, re-shape government regulations, initiate and transform social welfare and public health organizations, and provide advice and guidance for organizations in healthcare, public health, and criminal justice.​ 

Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements

​​Students entering the Legal Studies Certificate must have completed a master’s degree in social work, or other relevant master’s degree, from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment.   
Applicants must submit:

  • An official transcript(s) of accredited degrees, 
  • A personal statement, 
  • A resume/CV.​ 

Program Specific Requirements

Saybrook will not accept credits as transfer credit toward the Legal Studies Certificate from other regionally accredited colleges and universities. 

University Learning Experience

Virtual Learning Experience (VLE) - Optional, Community Learning Experience (CLE) - Optional

All new students begin their studies with a Welcome Week. Welcome Week activities, including a degree program orientation, are held online during the week ahead of the start of the fall and spring semesters. Participation is strongly encouraged.

All Legal Studies Certificate coursework will be completed online.
Students will attend web-based videoconferences as a part of many of their classes. Attendance and participation in videoconferences are essential components in class work, and any student unable to attend all videoconference sessions must develop a plan with the course instructor for compensatory learning.


​​Students must successfully complete at least 12 credits (4 courses) to qualify for the Legal Studies Certificate.

Hours Required per Credit Hour 
A credit hour for an online course represents 15 hours of instructional activity (e.g., engagement with web-based instructional materials) based upon a 50-minute hour (“clock hour”) toward achieving specified student learning outcomes, therefore 720 clock hours of instruction are required for the degree. For online courses, the 15 hours of instructional activity may include but are not limited to synchronous or asynchronous lectures or webinars, interactive tutorials, and online discussions. A credit hour also assumes an additional 30 hours of homework, studying, and/or research.​ 

Mode of Delivery

​​Online Learning Model. ​ 

Length of Program

​​The certificate completion time for a full-time student will range from 1-2 semesters. Any breaks in enrollment and/or reduced enrollment may impact completion time.​ 

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