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Paralegal Studies Certificate

Expected Certificate/Degree


Program Description

The Paralegal program prepares its graduates to perform substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney. Although paralegals cannot provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law, paralegals assist attorneys in a variety of legal environments by performing tasks such as drafting legal documents, performing legal research, maintaining corporate records and minutes books, interviewing witnesses and clients, and assisting in trial preparation. There is a separate admission process requiring students to be accepted into the program after completing initial prerequisites. To apply for admission, students complete a program application and submit it to the Program Coordinator.

Program Requirements

This certificate requires 36 credits in the courses listed below. Please meet with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss the details. 

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Code Course Name Credits
PLGL 1100 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
PLGL 1150 Drafting Legal Documents 3
PLGL 1200 Civil Litigation 3
PLGL 1250 Legal Ethics and Law Office Organizations 3
PLGL 1500 Introduction Legal Research and Writing 3
PLGL 2100 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
PLGL 2425 Law Office Technology 3
PLGL 2500 Personal Injury, Tort and Insurance Law 3
PLGL 2600 Paralegal Practicum 3
OFTI 1200 MS Office for Staff 3

Total Credits: 30

Select six credits from any 1000- and 2000-level Paralegal courses. 


Contact Information

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034
(630) 942-2592

Kris Fay, Dean, Business and Applied Technology Division

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2548

Anika Collins, Program Advisor
(630) 942-3961

Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2081