Paralegal Studies Certificate (PLGC)

Attention 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 Paralegal Studies Certificate program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).American Bar Association Logo
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 at least a “C” 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 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.

LCCC’s Paralegal Studies program options are primarily offered through synchronous instruction. Paralegal Studies classes may be enhanced with asynchronous materials. Paralegal Studies students must take at least nine-semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

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.
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Paralegal Studies (Certificate)

Approximate Cost of Program

Residency Book Cost Fees Tuition
Sponsored district of LCCC $2,400 $984 $4,200
Other PA resident $2,400 $1,362 $8,400
Out-of-state or international $2,400 $1,740 $12,600
Resident of Schuylkill County $2,400 $1,362 $6,300
  • On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered
  • More cost information can be found here: Tuition & Fees

Approximate Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 24 months