Central Penn College - Paralegal Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College

 

Associate Degree

Paralegal

The Associate in Science degree in Paralegal is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be practicing paralegals in law firms, government agencies, corporations and the courts. Personalized instruction and relevant coursework capped by a professional internship prepare students to meet the growing demand for degreed paralegals in the public and private sectors. 

You Will Learn

Upon completion of the Paralegal program, the graduate should be able to: 

  • Use the resources of a law library and online information sources to solve legal research problems and draft memoranda, briefs, and pleadings using proper legal format, grammar, and spelling. 
  • Operate and maintain computer equipment and systems found in a law office. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal terminology, principles, and procedures, and possess the skills necessary to apply that knowledge to fact patterns in a logical and coherent manner. 
  • Comply with the ethical guidelines required of paralegals. 
  • Use communication skills appropriate to the legal setting that demonstrate a firm knowledge of the mechanics of written and oral language. 
  • Prepare a case for trial from filing the initial lawsuit through and including preparing oral arguments, client and witness testimony, and appellate documents. 
  • Use the internet to gather factual and legal information. 
  • Relate a knowledge of professional behavior necessary to carrying out the tasks of a paralegal under the supervision of a lawyer. 

Potential Careers

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Law Clerks
  • Title Examiners, Abstractors and Searchers
  • Legal Support Workers

ABA Approved 

The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. The ABA approval requires that ten (10) hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.

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Internship

As a career-oriented college, and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn requires all students to complete an internship or capstone course. This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. Internships are 360 hours in length.


Middle States Accreditation

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.MSCHE.org) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Approved by: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Roadmap: Paralegal - Associate of Science

Roadmap: Paralegal – Associate of Science

Department of Legal Studies

Catalog Year: 2017-18

This Roadmap is a recommended term-by-term plan of study for this major. However, courses and milestones designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

CRITICAL

COURSE SUBJECT AND TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

ATTRIBUTE

NOTES

TERM 1

Fall 2017

 

LGS110 Foundations in Law

3

Core class

 

 

100+ level Social and Behavioral Science

3

Core Class

Recommended:  LGS180

 

ENG101

3

 

 

 

IDS101 CPC Foundations

3

 

 

TERM 2

Winter 2018

 

LGS260 Administrative Law

3

Core Class

 

 

LGS265 Criminal Law

3

Core Class

 

 

ENG102

3

 

 

 

MTH101 College Business Math

3

 

 

TERM 3

Spring 2018

*

LGS130 Principles of Legal Research

3

Core Class

Offered only in Spring

 

LGS200 Contracts

3

Core Class

 

 

LGS170 Criminal Procedure

3

 

 

 

COM101 Introduction to Human Communications

3

 

 

TERM 4

Summer 2018

*

LGS135 Legal Research and Writing I

3

Core Class

Offered only in summer on-ground

*

LGS140 Civil Litigation I

3

Core Class

Offered only in summer on-ground

 

200+ level Social Behavioral Science

3

 

Recommended: LGS220

 

200+ level Math Science Tech

3

 

 

TERM 5

Fall 2018

 

LGS210 Evidence

3

Core Class

 

*

LGS230 Civil Litigation II

3

Core Class

Offered only in Fall on-ground

*

LGS280 Legal Research and Writing II

3

Core Class

Offered only in Fall on-ground

 

LGS285 Legal Seminar

3

Core Class

 

TERM 6

Winter 2019

 

200+ level Humanities

3

 

Recommended LGS310

 

100+ level Science

3

 

 

 

100+ level Gen. Ed.  elective

3

 

 

 

100+ level Gen. Ed.  elective

3

Choice Class

See below

 

STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

1

 

 

TERM 7

Spring 2019

 

LGS299 Internship

3

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SUMMAR

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS

GENERAL EDUCAION REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM CPC CORE HOURS

MINIMJM

MAJOR GPA

OVERALL GPA

76

30

40

n/a

n/a

 

 

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