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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 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.

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.
See page 16 for special program admission requirements pertaining to this program.

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First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course 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
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
PLG 105 Law Office Technology 3
PLG 200 Civil Litigation and Procedures 3
PLG 215 Law Office Management 3
Elective** PLG Elective 3
Semester Credits 12
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
PLG 245 Legal Research and Writing 3
Electives** PLG Electives 6
Semester Credits 9
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
PLG 255 Legal Writing 3
PLG 220 Contract Law and 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 an 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

Sponsored    
Books: 2,400 Fees: 984 Tuition: 4,200
Nonsponsored    
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
  • More cost information can be found here: Tuition & Fees

Approximate Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 24 months