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Paralegal Studies (certificate)

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Official Title of Certificate: Paralegal Studies, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 31 credit hours

About the Legal Studies Institute

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 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

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

Additional Program 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. 

Online Degrees and Credit Certificates

This program can be completed fully online. Some online courses may require proctored exams or on-campus assessments at a testing center.

Statewide Tuition Reduction Program

This program of study is designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (refer to 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.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  or ENG 101A . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation 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 101  and ENG 102 , as well as courses in at least two other disciplines, such as social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, humanities and foreign language. 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.

Program Requirements: 31 credits

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Explain basic legal concepts, issues, and terminology in subject matter areas that are essential to the practice of law.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and interpret legal and factual issues and effectively interface with clients and attorneys.
  3. Strengthen legal research, writing, and oral communication skills.
  4. Apply general principles of ethical and professional responsibility to the role of paralegals and attorneys in the practice of law.
  5. Apply practical legal skills and legal theory to assist attorneys in the practice of law.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

Career and Educational Advancement Resources


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