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Program Note: The Paralegal Studies Certificate is designed for the person who already has a college degree – Associate’s, Bachelor’s or higher. The Program is approved by the American Bar Association and the College is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
Paralegals are trained specialists who, under the supervision of an attorney, perform a wide variety of legal tasks. These tasks may include legal research, law office management and preparation of legal documents. Only an attorney may provide legal services directly to the public. Students can earn the Associate in Applied Science which prepares graduates for employment in law offices, corporate legal departments, legal services corporations,state government offices, title companies and federal and state courts. Students who have already earned an A.A., A.S., A.A.S., B.A. or B.S. degree can earn the certificate. Students with one of these degrees plus three years of full-time paralegal work experience can earn the Certificate of Achievement.
Can students who major in Paralegal Studies transfer to a four-year college or university?
Many colleges and universities will apply the courses taken toward a bachelor’s degree.
Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?
Students must either have a high school diploma or have passed an equivalency examination. Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency must be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test.
How long will it take to complete this degree?
Students who do not need developmental coursework can complete the degree in two years or the certificate in three semesters. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.
What are the objectives of this program?
How are these objectives met?
When students complete the program, what skills will they have?
Can I transfer in Paralegal coursework from another college or university to meet degree or certificate requirements?
Transfer of Paralegal Studies coursework (called legal specialty coursework) into the program to meet degree and certificate requirements is distinct from the transfer of General Education coursework. Transfer of General Education coursework into Paralegal Studies degree and certificate programs follows the standard transfer policy established in the College catalog.
Factors utilized when considering potential transfer of legal specialty coursework are:
For the degree and certificate options, no more than fifteen credits of legal specialty courses may be transferred into the program. For the certificate of achievement, no more than nine credits of legal specialty courses may be transferred into the program.
If you have questions regarding whether the program will accept Paralegal Studies coursework you have completed to fulfill specific PLS course requirements, please contact Jeffrey Herron, Program Director, at 732-906-2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: For students matriculating in this program, degree credit will not ordinarily be given for any course designated PLS which was completed more than six years prior to completion of the degree program.