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2013-2014 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2013-2014 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal Studies Certificate (622)

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Award: Certificate

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Paralegal Studies Certificate provides students with the legal knowledge, skills and practice to prepare for employment as paralegals or legal assistants. The program design follows specific guidelines recommended by the American Bar Association. The certificate is designed so that students may progress to the Paralegal Studies Degree.

Program Description: The Paralegal Studies Certificate is designed for students seeking entry-level employment as paralegals or legal assistants, for individuals already working in a law office to focus on building specific skills, or for individuals who already have a degree in an area related to the practice of law. The program includes those courses which are specific to the duties and responsibilities one would perform as a paralegal. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or an academic advisor in planning an appropriate program.

Program Goals: The Paralegal Studies Certificate program will:

  • Promote technical competency, professional knowledge and ethical responsibility.
  • Prepare students for entry-level employment in the paralegal studies profession or for further study in the field.

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

  • Apply appropriate industry terminology in the legal setting.
  • Use legal skills and knowledge while working under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Conduct legal research using both traditional and electronic methods.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, in the legal environment.
  • Identify professional responsibilities concerning ethical issues that may be present in a legal environment.

Contact Person: Ms. Cynthia Bennett

Minimum Required Credits: 33


♦ Must be taken within the first 12 hours unless exempted by meeting established standards.

+ Prerequisite or corequisite. See course description for details.

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