Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Paralegal/Legal Assisting [4004]

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Advanced Technical Certificate

(31 Credit Hours)

Program Manager

Dr. Suzanne Bechtol

Program Goal

The Paralegal/Legal Assisting Program educates with an effective balance of legal knowledge and practical skills. We prepare students for work in the legal profession upon graduation and to attain professional Certification.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and professional standards of the paralegal.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize legal research materials and apply knowledge in legal writing.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of substantive law, including: tort law, constitutional law, criminal law, real property law, estate planning and probate, business organizations, contracts, and family law.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of procedural law, including: the fundamental steps of civil and criminal litigation and court rules and procedures.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of law office procedures and the technology involved in carrying out law firm management activities, case management, and document preparation/management.
  • Demonstrate employability skills, including: communication, employment search strategies, work habits, appearance, and basic computer skills.

Total Credit Hours: 31


 It is recommended that job-seeking students also complete SLS 1350 - Job Marketing Skills  (1 credit).

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