Paralegal Studies Certificate (PLGC)

*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.*

The American Bar Association (ABA) has approved Lehigh Carbon Community College 's Paralegal Studies program. This certificate program is designed to meet the needs of the student who presently possesses college credit and is interested in pursuing a career as a paralegal.

Admission to the certificate program is limited to students that currently possess 30 semester hours of college credit, with grades of "C" or better for each course, of which 18 credits are distributed in at least three of the following acceptable General Education disciplines: English, Math, Science, Humanities and Social Science. The courses must be liberal arts credits and not technical. Admission is conditional.

The growth of the paralegal field provides excellent opportunities for employment and advancement. Qualified graduates of the Paralegal Studies certificate program can be hired by law firms, banks, title companies, real estate firms, corporations, and government agencies. Career possibilities include paralegal supervisor, trust coordinator, title searcher, settlement clerk, litigation specialist, contract coordinator, and a variety of other positions. An individual with legal skills can take those skills into a multitude of positions in the business environment, including but not limited to, 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 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 can 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.

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.
  • Additional Disclosure Information
Paralegal Studies Certificate (PLGC)
First Semester Credits
PLG 120 Introduction to Paralegal Studies 3
PLG 150 Torts and Personal Injury Law 3
AOT 112, 113 & 114 Keyboarding I, II, & III 3
  Semester Credits 9
Second Semester  
PLG 200 Civil Litigation and Procedures 3
AOT 117 & 118* Keyboarding iV and V 3
PLG 215 Law Office Management 3
Elective+ PLG Elective 3
  Semester Credits 12
Third Semester  
PLG 245 Legal Research and Writing 3
CIS 105 Introduction to Computers & Applications 3
Elective+ PLG Elective 3
  Semester Credits 9
Fourth Semester  
PLG 255 Legal Writing 3
PLG 220 Contract Law & Business Organizations 3
Elective+ PLG Elective 3
  Semester Credits 9
  Credit Total 39

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 individual student's needs.

**The student must select the PLG electives from the following list:RES 110, PLG 115, 125, 130, 135, 227, 228, 230, 235, 240, or 250.


Paralegal Studies (Certificate)

Approximate Cost of Program

Books: 2,400 Fees: 984 Tuition: 4,200
Books: 2,400 Fees: 1,362 Tuition: 8,400
Out of State    
Books: 2,400 Fees: 1,740 Tuition: 12,600
Schuylkill County    
Books: 2,400 Fees: 1,362 Tuition: 6,300
  • On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Approximate Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 24 months