Central Penn College - Paralegal Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College


Associate Degree


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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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.

Program Approval and Middle States Accreditation


The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654-7598, (321.988.5000), www.amarecanbar.org.   

ACCREDITATION: Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000; web: www.msche.org). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Status: Member since January 1977. Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s.

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

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