Juvenile Law Specialist Certificate Program

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Give a voice to those who need one with an education in juvenile law.

Program Overview: 

Juvenile law has evolved into a combination of criminal and family law, with an emphasis on the unique and continually shifting process involving the prosecution of minors. Paralegals are an especially valuable tool for lawyers practicing juvenile law bringing a more sensitive nature to client communications while still possessing the skills needed to assist in representation. If you are interested in a career in juvenile law, the Juvenile Law Specialist Certificate Program provides and in-depth education of topics including emancipated minors, neglect and abuse, delinquency, family support and related topics. The program is self-paced allowing you get started anytime and complete assignments on a schedule that is convenient for you. Each course includes instructor guidance, exercises, quizzes, chapter reviews, lecture notes and other innovative online learning tools. See required courses and electives to choose from below:


  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Law

Once you have begun this program, you will work with your instructor to determine which elective course fits best with your particular area of interest. You will choose one of the following electives:

  • E-Discovery
  • Legal Ethics
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Constitutional Law
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Experienced paralegals or individuals with prior legal education needing or wanting specialized legal training in juvenile law
  • We recommend that applicants have one of the following in order to be optimally successful in this course:
    • certificate or degree in paralegal studies
    • combination of a college degree in any area of study and at least one year of legal experience
    • foreign law degree or some law school experience 
  • Please contact an Enrollment Coordinator at teclegal@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-2924 with any questions or concerns about this program
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Age jurisdiction
  • Delinquency issues
  • Taking custody of juveniles
  • Interrogation techniques
  • Transfer to adult court
  • Abuse and neglect issues
  • Emancipation
Additional Information: 

Tuition does not include the cost of required textbooks. The online book link is provided to students once they are enrolled in the program. The books vary from course to course but average anywhere from $45 to $160 per book. However, used books are often available.

This course is not available for college credit.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Continuing Education Units: 12.0 CEUs
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For withdrawal, transfer and refund information, see Policy Code C.

At A Glance

Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete the program.
Online Self-paced
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