Paralegal ITC

The Paralegal Technical Certificate program consists of 38 credits of specific law-related courses designed to provide advanced training for those individuals who are currently employed in a law-related office or who have previous law-related experience.

Prior to the issuance of a Paralegal Certificate, students must complete specified courses and, in addition, meet at least one of the criteria listed below:

  1. Graduation from an accredited Legal Assistant program and three (3) years work experience in a law-related office
  2. Have a PLS (Professional Legal Secretary) Certificate
  3. Have five (5) years of recent continuous employment experience in a law-related office (See program advisor for a complete list of required courses.)

Upon completion of the Paralegal Technical Certificate, the student will:

  • Be able to think critically
  • Demonstrate organizational skills
  • Work effectively with a variety of legal office professionals and clients
  • Understand and apply legal ethics as required by law
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the legal system and its various agencies
  • Demonstrate solid interviewing and investigation skills
  • Draft legal documents and memoranda pertinent to specific areas of law
  • Demonstrate excellent writing, listening, and speaking skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge in legal research and writing skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of computer programs
  • Maintain confidentiality

Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required.

Program Requirements

GNBPT-202FINANCIAL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS3.00
LAWPT-223LEGAL SUPPORT FUNDAMENTALS AND ETHICS3.00
LAWPT-224INTRODUCTION TO LAW3.00
LAWPT-230LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING I3.00
LAWPT-321REAL ESTATE LAW AND PROCEDURES3.00
LAWPT-322PARALEGAL PROCEDURES FOR CRIMINAL LAW3.00
LAWPT-323CIVIL LITIGATION3.00
LAWPT-324ADVANCED CIVIL LITIGATION3.00
LAWPT-331LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING II3.00
LAWPT-332WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES3.00
LAWPT-341BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS2.00
LAWPT-342FAMILY LAW3.00
LAWPT-345TORT LAW3.00
Completion of a Technical Skills Assessment is required
Total Credits38.00

 NOTE: Advisor approval required prior to entering Certificate program. Student must have a combination of legal office experience and/or education as well as advisor approval.