Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies

Credits required 27

Dean

TBA

Program contact

Diana Yohe, Coordinator Office Administration - Legal Administrative Assistant and Professor of Office Administration/Paralegal, ext. 2404

Program Goals Statement

The Paralegal Studies certificate provides a career concentration in one of the fastest growing professions in America. Students have an opportunity to explore the field of law and gain marketable skills to perform a wide range of supportive legal functions.

Program Information

  • The skills developed provide excellent job mobility. Students can work in general legal practice or specialized legal practice, corporate legal departments, government offices, courts, or any office situation.
  • Gain work experience by participating in CED 11 – Cooperative Work Experience I, which places students in office positions related to their academic program.
  • Some courses are offered only in the Spring or Fall semesters.
  • PLS courses are taught by licensed attorneys.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

BUS 251Business Law

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Choose one of the following

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience I

3 credits

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 1

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

LGL 160Law Office Technology

3 credits

LGL 180Introduction to Law

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 2

CED 101Work-Based Experience

1 credit

PLS 101Civil Litigation and Procedure

3 credits

PLS 120Basic Legal Research

3 credits

PLS 121Family Law and Procedure

3 credits

BUS 251Business Law

3 credits

LGL 290Legal Studies Seminar

3 credits

After BCC

Employment in a variety of settings including law firms, corporate law departments, financial institutions, government agencies, or courts.

Some graduates continue their education in advanced paralegal studies or pursue law degrees.

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