Paralegal Certificate

This concentrated certificate program is designed to provide students with a basic foundation of skills and knowledge needed to seek employment as a paralegal. The program’s curriculum requires completion of a combination of legal specialty, business, and liberal arts courses. Legal specialty courses emphasize the role of the paralegal in dealing with clients, documents, and procedures, while working under the supervision of an attorney. Credits earned in this program may be applied to the Paralegal Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Paralegal (PLL) will be able to:

  • Articulate the role of paralegals in the legal system and develop an awareness of potential ethical issues that may arise and ethical duties that exist in the legal work environment;
  • Use critical thinking skills to apply substantive legal principles in order to analyze and resolve legal problems;
  • Apply the basic principles of legal research in an accurate, effective, and efficient manner;
  • Articulate an understanding of the techniques of legal analysis and writing and develop written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of print and electronic legal research resources.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
GOV 151 Introduction To Law 3
BUS 103 Keyboarding for Information Processing 1
BUS 112 Introduction to Microsoft Word 2
PAL 100 Paralegal Introductory Seminar 1
PAL 110 Fundamentals of Paralegalism 3
PAL 120 Legal Research 3
TOTAL   16

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BUS 101 or Business Mathematics OR  
BUS 210 Business Communications 3
Paralegal Electives--select four from: BUS 215, CRJ 265, PAL 210, PAL 220, PAL 230, PAL 240, PAL 250 12
BHS 103 OR Social Problems in Today's World OR  
GOV 222 State and Local Government 3
TOTAL   18