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2016-2017 Catalog 
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Paralegal Studies, Business Option, Certificate


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 31 credit hours.

Purpose: Basic information is presented to prepare students for employment in the paralegal field or to meet the requirements of persons already employed in the paralegal field who wish to obtain college credit and move into more advanced supervisory positions. Students are able to choose one of the following options: general practice, business, litigation or nurse paralegal. Students may pursue the certificate program on a full- or part-time basis and courses are offered in day, evening and weekend and accelerated formats.

Range of Occupations

  • Administrative assistant
  • Court administrative assistant
  • Court clerk
  • Law office manager
  • Legal assistant
  • Legislative legal assistant
  • Real estate settlement officer
  • Victim advocate

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law.

Special Conditions

Statewide Program: This program of study may be designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Students entering the Paralegal Studies certificate program must hold prior to enrollment either a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university whose program included at least 18 hours of general education courses, including ENG 111  and ENG 112 , as well as courses in at least two other disciplines, such as social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, humanities and foreign language. Students entering the Nurse Paralegal certificate program must hold either a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university whose program included at least 18 hours of general education courses. Students are required to forward to the college prior to enrollment an official transcript from the institution where their bachelor’s degree or associate degree was obtained.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Verification by the college that the student obtained a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree prior to enrollment in the Paralegal Studies certificate program. Demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111 . The certificate program requires 31 credit hours. A certificate in any option will require at least seven core courses which provide a background in paralegal studies. The remaining required courses or electives are those courses that are germane to the selected program option.

Business Option

Total credit hours: 12

Total credit hours: 13

Total credit hours: 6

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Become critical thinkers.
  • Become effective communicators.
  • Become competent legal professionals.
  • Become ethical legal professionals.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.