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Paralegal, 1 year certificate

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Certificate: 59 credit certificate program, including 40 credit hours of required paralegal courses and 19 credit hours of elective paralegal courses. Admission into the Paralegal Certificate requires successful completion of a prior Bachelors of Science, Bachelors of Arts, Associates of Science, or Associates of Arts degree.

Students must maintain a “C” average in all required Paralegal courses to complete their degree or certificate.

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Course listing for the 2021-2022 catalog year.

PL 101Introduction to the U.S. Legal System §3
PL 102Survey of Substantive Law3
PL 103Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility3
PL 105Litigation3
PL 107Interviewing and Investigating §3
PL 108Legal Analysis & Writing §3
PL 130Legal Software3
PL 203Basic Legal Research3
PL 204Applied Legal Research and Drafting §2
PL 250Intercultural Competence in the Legal Field §2
PL 295Paralegal Capstone §2
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 1 (or equivalent)4
or WR 122 Intermediate College Composition
or BA 205 Business Communication Using Technology
Paralegal Accounting Electives §3
Paralegal Computer Electives3
Paralegal Program Electives10
Paralegal Support Electives9
Total Credits59

Paralegals may not practice law and may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

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