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Paralegal

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate of Science degree program in Paralegal prepares students to meet the
growing demand for degreed paralegals in both the public and private sectors. A paralegal
is a person qualified by education or work experience who assists lawyers in rendering
legal services and performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a
lawyer is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public
except as permitted by law. This academically rigorous program is designed to provide
graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the judicial system, relative bodies
of law, legal research, briefs, pleadings, and related official documents. This program is
approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and this approval process requires that
nine (9) hours of legal specialty courses are taken in a traditional format.

The Central Penn Paralegal program is known for its academic rigor and enjoys a
reputation of excellence within the legal community. With all substantive legal courses
being taught by licensed attorneys, graduates of this program study law from those
who are most academically and experientially qualified. Students matriculated in Central
Penn’s Paralegal program participate in field trips, mock trials, interactive discussions
with guest lecturers, special projects, and a 360-hour internship prior to graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply practical methods to solve legal research problems and draft well-written
    memoranda, briefs, and pleadings using print and online legal resources.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology, principles and procedure within
    substantive legal areas including torts, contracts, criminal law, and
    constitutional law.
  3. Describe the ethical responsibilities of paralegals, the rules of professionalconduct
    governing lawyers, and the application of these rules to paralegals.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written communications skill appropriate to the
    legal profession.
  5. Formulate and create documents relating to litigation, including pleadings
    and motions, and demonstrate the proper form, use and presentation of
    evidenceobtained through discovery and depositions.
  6. Demonstrate adequate preparation for career development and conduct expected
    of paralegals in various legal settings.
  7. Demonstrate an appropriate level of technical knowledge expected of individuals
    possessing an associate’s degree in paralegal studies.
    Program Requirements
    In addition to the 36 credits of general education and elective requirements, students
    are required to take a core group of courses associated with their major, for a total of
    76 credits.
    NOTE: LGS180, LGS220, and LGS310 are suggested prerequisite knowledge for this
    program of study.
    Paralegal Core Courses – 40 credits
    LGS110 Foundations in Law
    LGS130 Principles of Legal Research
    LGS135 Legal Research and Writing I
    LGS140 Civil Litigation I
    LGS170 Criminal Procedure
    LGS200 Contracts
    LGS210 Evidence
    LGS230 Civil Litigation II
    LGS260 Administrative Law
    LGS265 Criminal Law
    LGS280 Legal Research and Writing II
    LGS285 Legal Seminar
    INT299 Associate Degree Internship
    STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

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