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Paralegal Studies

Law and Order, Opinion and Evidence

Our Paralegal Studies program, which is approved by the American Bar Association, will teach you how to navigate the field of law from the ground level up. You will learn how to conduct legal research and writing, draft legal documents, analyze legal problems and develop effective client relationships. During your first course in Paralegal Studies, a professional within the local legal community will mentor you on the realities of a career in law. If you already have a college degree, you may choose our program’s accelerated option, which enables you to earn a paralegal degree in as few as eight months. Our program also offers a range of optional activities, such as internships, guest lectures and field trips, guidance in developing job interview skills and résumés, job placement assistance, and student clubs and newsletters. Community College of Philadelphia trains paralegals who must operate under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are prohibited from practicing law.

Accelerated Post-degree Program

If you've already earned a bachelor's degree or completed most of your general education requirements, we offer an accelerated path to your Paralegal Studies degree with evening, accelerated, weekend and online courses.

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Degree Options

Associate in Applied Science, and transfer to a four-year college

Career Options

  • Law firms of all sizes
  • Public interest organizations
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies and banks
  • Hospital and university legal departments
  • Diverse other legal environments
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