Paralegal Studies

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This program is structured to provide a fundamental knowledge of the law while training the student for practical application of the legal concepts learned. The program of study is career-oriented and is not designed specifically for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution or attend law school.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Seek entry-level positions in law offices, governmental entities (courts, regulatory agencies, and law enforcement agencies, etc.), businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of legal issues related to litigation, family law, criminal law, contracts, business entities, and legal research and writing.
  • Assist attorneys in the preparation of a wide variety of legal documents using word processing software while providing office and organizational support.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their certificate in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
LEGA100 Introduction to the American Legal System 3
LEGA105 Legal Research and Writing I** 3
LEGA106 Civil Litigation** 3
LEGA120 Family Law** 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
CERT000 Certificate Elective* 3
BUSA205 Business Law I 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
LEGA103 New Jersey Practice*** 3
LEGA281 Paralegal Internship 3
Total Semester Credits
15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
30

*Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

**Course only offered in fall

***Course only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.