Paralegal Studies A.A.S. (PLG)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

LCCC’s Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and, because of growth in the paralegal field, provides excellent opportunities for employment and advancement. Qualified graduates of the Paralegal Studies program can be hired by law firms, banks, title companies, real estate firms, and corporations. Career possibilities include paralegal supervisor, trust coordinator, title searcher, settlement clerk, litigation specialist, contract coordinator, and a variety of other positions. Individuals with legal skills take these skills into a multitude of positions in the business environment, including human resources, records management, legal support, and government.

Students will gain an understanding of what paralegals can accomplish, as well as the limitations imposed by the unauthorized practice of law statute. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. An internship is available to provide students with practical experience in the paralegal field.

The primary goal of the program is to educate students to become paralegals who perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and adapt to changes in the legal environment and law practice. The program prepares students for careers as paralegals working under the supervision of lawyers in either the public or private sectors, as well as striving to encourage and facilitate graduates to pursue advanced degrees.

Through a collaborative program of study between LCCC and Kutztown University, LCCC’s Paralegal Studies graduates may transfer to Kutztown University to major in English, Political Science, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, History, and Psychology.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • apply legal and business skills necessary for a position in a law office, bank, real estate office, government authority, or any position that uses the knowledge of law.
  • demonstrate substantive knowledge and procedural knowledge of law.
  • apply the rules of professional conduct governing lawyers and the application to paralegals.
Paralegal Studies A.A.S. (PLG)
First Semester   Credits
PLG 120 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
PLG 150 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
PLG 115* Law Firm Experience 3
AOT 112* Keyboarding I 1
AOT 113* Keyboarding II 1
AOT 114* Keyboarding III  
or AOT 115 Typing I 1
ENG 105 College English I 3
  Semester Total 15
     
Second Semester    
PLG 200 Civil Litigation and Procedures 3
ENG 106 College English II 3
AOT 117* Keyboarding IV 1.5
AOT 118* Keyboarding V 1.5
or AOT 116 Typing II/Formatting  
CIS 105 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Elective+ PLG Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
     
Third Semester    
PLG 245 Legal Research and Writing 3
PLG/RES 110 Real Estate Law 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective** Professional Elective 3
Elective*** Social Science/Humanities 3
Elective**** Mathematics/Science 3-4
  Semester Total 18-19
     
Fourth Semester    
PLG 250 Internship 3
PLG 220 Contract Law and Business Organizations 3
PLG 255 Legal Writing 3
PLG 215 Law Office Management 3
Elective**** Mathematics/Science 3-4
  Semester Total 15-16
  Credit Total 63-65

 

Up to nine PLG credits will be accepted for transfer into LCCC’s PLG program from an ABA-approved program. PLG 200 must be completed at LCCC. PLG credit by assessment is limited to three credits. Total PLG transfer credit and credit by assessment is limited to nine credits.

*Or other appropriate courses as determined by the Paralegal Studies Coordinator to meet an individual student’s needs.

**Professional electives note: The student must select three credits with a PLG prefix from the following list: PLG 125, 130 and 135, 230, 235, and 240. The other professional elective must be selected from the above list or CJA 201, 240; ENG 107; HIT 140;

ENG 111; or any other credit course that is approved by the Paralegal Studies coordinator.

***Recommended Social Science/Humanities electives: PSC 142, 233, 235, 236, and ECO 201.

****MAT 118 and 125 do not fulfill this requirement.