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Paralegal, 1 year certificate

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Certificate: 59 credit one-year 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 2023-2024 catalog year.

CIS 120Digital Literacy §4
or CIS 125D Database Application Development I
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 Investigating3
PL 108Legal Analysis & Writing §3
PL 130Legal Software3
PL 203Basic Legal Research §3
PL 204Applied Legal Research and Drafting §2
PL 250Cultural Responsiveness in the Legal Field2
PL 295Paralegal Capstone2
WR 227Technical Writing (WR227=WR227Z) (or equivalent) Z4
or WR 122 Composition II (WR122=WR122Z)
or BA 205 Business Communication Using Technology
Paralegal Accounting Electives3
Paralegal Program Electives9
Paralegal Support Electives9
Total Credits59

Course contains Related Instruction and cannot be substituted with another course; Related Instruction details can be viewed here.


This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:

WR 122 and WR 122Z

WR 227 and WR 227Z 


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

Paralegal program students must complete 14 quarter credit hours of synchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction means students must attend a scheduled class meeting time each week. This restriction is not applicable to Legal Assistant students.

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