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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies Certificate

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Division of Business & Professional Studies

This program prepares students to work under the supervision of attorneys to prepare legal documents, investigate and research legal issues, interview clients and witnesses, and render practical procedural assistance in law related matters.

The paralegal curriculum provides a solid foundation in all aspects of the field including litigation, legal research and writing. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to take elective courses in specialty areas of interest such as real estate, family law, business law, and trusts & wills.

Students also receive training in a variety of on-line research methods used in many law offices that provide the legal researcher with immediate access to cases, statutes, administrative regulations, and numerous other authorities.

Upon successful completion, the Certificate in Paralegal Studies is awarded.

Program Outcomes

Program learning outcomes available by clicking here.

Unauthorized Practice of Law Statement

A paralegal may work only under the supervision of an attorney and is not authorized to engage in the practice of law. The American Bar Association defines a paralegal or legal assistant as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

First Year: Semester 1

credits: 12

First Year: Semester 2

credits: 15

Total Credits: 27

* Course must be taken first semester

*** PA 100 , PA 104 , and PA 201  are pre-requisites for PA 251 PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP 

Program Notes

For more information about the costs of this program and employment opportunities after completion, please visit our gainful employment page here: Paralegal Studies Certificate

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