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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Paralegal certificate is for students with a Bachelor’s Degree, Associate in Science, or Associate in Arts Degree who wish to work as a legal assistant. A legal assistant performs a variety of legal tasks and provides a broad spectrum of services for attorneys in private practice, state agencies, and public service organizations. The legal assistant works with the attorney in virtually every aspect of the legal profession except giving advice or representing clients in court (the actual practice of law).

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Students start any semester.

(For students starting the program in a semester other than Fall, please visit with an advisor or the program chair to assist with proper course sequencing.)

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Students entering the program need satisfactory computer skills as demonstrated by successful completion of CSC 105  or other evidence to be approved by the program chair.
  5. Students must have a baccalaureate or an academic associate degree in Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS). Students with associate degrees in Associate in Applied Science (AAS), or Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) or Associate in General Studies (AGS) do not meet the requirement.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Paralegal certificate, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and earn a grade of “C” or higher in each PRL course. Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of legal specialty (PRL) course work at DMACC in a format where all required seat time is delivered face-to-face.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 34

These credits are applicable to the AS degree in Paralegal .

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