Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Program outcomes and goals

The Paralegal program, approved by the American Bar Association, supports student success by delivering quality Paralegal education focused on practical skills in a challenging, inclusive, and supportive environment.

Associate degree (AAS)

  1. Apply analytic, critical thinking, and research skills to fact situations within a legal context.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, critical thinking, and communication
  2. Demonstrate professional skills necessary to a paralegal career, including oral and written communication and technology skills.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, critical thinking, and communication
  3. Adhere to professional and ethical standards appropriate to the legal profession.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, community responsibility, self reflection, and cultural awareness
  4. Use effective personal, interpersonal, time, and project management skills required in the legal profession.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, self reflection, cultural awareness, and communication
  5. Demonstrate breadth of knowledge across several disciplines in humanities, social science, mathematics, and science.

1 year certificate

  1. Apply analytic, critical thinking and research skills to fact situations within a legal context.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, critical thinking, and communication
  2. Demonstrate professional skills necessary to a paralegal career, including oral and written communication and technology skills.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, critical thinking, and communication
  3. Adhere to professional and ethical standards appropriate to the legal profession.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, community responsibility, self reflection, and cultural awareness
  4. Use effective personal, interpersonal, time and project management skills required in the legal profession.
    • Outcomes: professional competence, self reflection, cultural awareness, and communication

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