Paralegal Studies

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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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.

Careers

Find your path.

Legal Secretary – est. salary $49.431
Title Examiner – est. salary $46.177

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Paralegal Studies degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits   ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 credits   Mathematics
PLS 101 - Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3 credits PLS 101, along with PLS 121 and DF 101 (select as a general elective) will enable students to also earn the Proficiency Certificate in E-discovery. Major Course
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits   Tech Comp
Social Science Elective 3 credits   Social Science

Students earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses and minimum GPA of 2.5 in major courses.
Student interested in transfer options should meet with Paralegal faculty.
Participation in the Justice, Paralegal and Social Science Career Fair is encouraged.
Participation in networking and service learning opportunities offered by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society is encouraged.

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 – Info Literacy
PLS 111 - Legal Research and Writing I 3 credits   Major Course
PLS 115 - Legal Technology 3 credits   Major Course
Natural Science Elective 3 or 4 credits   Natural Science
PLS 121 - Civil Litigation I  credits Note that PLS 101, along with PLS 121 and DF 101 (select as a general elective) will enable students to also earn the proficiency certificate in E-discovery. Major Course

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall, which will enable them to take an internship their last semester.
Students connect with the program’s career assistance services and develop their first Paralegal resume.
Service learning and networking opportunities are provided through the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. Students have the opportunity to hear from and meet legal professionals each spring during Law and Society Week.

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
Social Science Elective 3 credits   Social Science Elective
Humanities Elective 3 credits   Humanities
PLS 211 - Legal Research and Writing II 3 credits   Major Course
Concentration Course (See Catalog) 3 credits   Directed Elective
Concentration Course (See Catalog) 3 credits   Directed Elective

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall, which will enable them to take an internship their last semester.
Students connect with the program’s career assistance services and develop their first Paralegal resume. Students receive weekly job listings and other program notices.
Participation in networking and service learning opportunities offered by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society is encouraged.

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
General Elective 3 credits   General Elective
General Elective 3 credits   General Elective
Concentration Course (See Catalog) 3 credits   Directed Elective
Concentration Course (See Catalog) 3 credits   Directed Elective
Concentration Course (See Catalog) 3 credits   Directed Elective

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall.
Students complete a professional resume, either in the PLS 295, Legal Internship or with the assistance of the Paralegal faculty and Career Staff.
Service learning and networking opportunities provided through the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.
Students have the opportunity to hear from and meet legal professionals each spring during Law and Society Week.

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

Featured Career

“It’s been invigorating and exciting. I’m happy to be on a new path that will lead me to a great job. . . It’s been such an amazing learning experience.”

Amanda Hull Green
program graduate, 2014

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