CERTIFICATE IN LEGAL STUDIES2019 - 2020
PARALEGAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE
Award: Certificate in Legal Studies
No. of credits required: 
35-37
For more information: Contact Prof. AnnMarie Profili,443-412-2214, aprofili@harford.edu, or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. ABA Guideline G-103(d). Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The objective of the Paralegal Studies Certificate of the Legal Studies Program is to educate and train laypersons to assist attorneys and other legal professionals in their daily tasks and thereby contribute to the fair, economical and efficient delivery of legal services. The program meets this objective by requiring students to successfully complete its curriculum.

The Certificate in Paralegal Studies is designed to permit those students who desire to work in the legal field as paralegals, but who already have an associate or baccalaureate degree, to earn a recognized credential that would enhance their ability to secure employment.

PROGRAM GOALS
Upon completion of the AAS or Certificate in Paralegal Studies, students will be able to:
  1. Apply paralegal skills to assist attorneys and other legal professionals in their daily professional tasks.
  2. Decide ethical questions consistent with legal ethics.
  3. Employ writing and verbal skills that enable them to perform successfully in the legal profession.
  4. Obtain employment as a paralegal.

REQUIRED COURSES
 NumberTitle Credits
 PL 101Introduction to Law (Same course as PS 106) 3   
 PL 105Legal Research 3   
 PL 106Legal Writing 3   
 PL 110Technology in the Legal Profession *3   
 PL 122Torts and Insurance 3   
 PL 124Civil Litigation and Procedure 3   
 PL 203Contract Law 3   
 PL 238Law Practice and Professional Conduct 3   
 PL 242Real Estate Transactions 3   
 PL 248Internship in Paralegal Studies **/***
               or
 PL 273Cooperative Education III: Paralegal **/***3   
 Paralegal Studies Electives ****/#5-7 
 Total Credits35-37

# Paralegal Studies Electives****
(Choose five to seven credits)
 BA 205Business Law 3
 CJ 104Procedural Law and Evidence 3
 CJ 111Principles of Criminal Law 3
 PL 201Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3
 PL 202Bankruptcy and Collections Law 3
 PL 204Constitutional Law 3
 PL 233Probate Practice and Procedure 2
 PL 244Family Law and Litigation 2
 PL 246Administrative Law and Procedure 3

* PL 110 is generally offered in the fall semester, in the evening.
** PL 248 and PL 273 require students to spend approximately 135 hours in law office settings during normal business hours.
*** Students should contact Advising, Career and Transfer services for permission to register for Cooperative Education courses, 443-412-2301.
**** Permission of the Paralegal Program Coordinator is required to transfer more than 8 credit hours of required paralegal courses. A maximum of 15 transfer credits will be allowed for all paralegal courses (required and electives).

 

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Permission of the Paralegal Program Coordinator is required to transfer more than 8 credit hours of required paralegal courses into the program. A maximum of 15 transfer credits will be allowed for all paralegal courses (required and electives).