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Paralegal Studies

LEGAL-CT


Dr. Susan Demers, Dean, (727) 791-2501

SPC's baccalaureate certificate program is designed to add paralegal skills and knowledge to a college graduate's existing excellent critical thinking, communication and computer skills.  This ABA approved program option includes a review course to prepare a certificate holder to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Job Related Opportunites

  • Paralegal within private law firms, governmental entities, or corporate legal offices.

The Paralegal studies courses identitifed in this certificate program will meet the educational requirement for the Certified Legal Assisting Examination administered nationwide by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Prerequisites:

  • Applicants must have graduated with at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must have a 2.0 overall grade point average.
  • Applicants must meet the College's Computer/Information Literacy Competency Requirement.
     

Additional Information for Financial Aid Eligible Certificate Programs

  • U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code (occupations that the program prepares students to enter):

22.0302

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

 

23-2011.00

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

 

23-2092.00

Law Clerks

 

23-2093.00

Title Examiners, Abstractors,
and Searchers

 

23-2099.00

Legal Support Workers, All Other

  • On-time Graduation Rate1: 31% (of 16 graduates for FY 2010-11)
  • Tuition and Fees for Entire Program 2 (completing the program within normal time): In-State - $2537; Out-of-State - $9140
  • Typical Costs for Books and Supplies for Entire Program3: $1600
  • Job Placement Rate4 NA (No graduates reported for FY 2009-10)
  • Median Loan Debt Incurred (students who completed the program): $0

1 Source: PeopleSoft Student Information System
2 Total cost of the program is estimated using Fall 2012 Tuition and Fee Rates and is subject to annual tuition and fee increases
3 Cost for books and supplies is based on the Financial Assistance Books and Supplies per term budget and prorated based on the number of credit hours in the program
4 Source: Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) and SPC Recent Alumni Survey


APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
20081/0400 (BEGINNING 8/25/2008) OR LATER
~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~



REQUIRED COURSES - Grade of C or higher required
PLA 1003 INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGALISM 3
PLA 1361 TECHNIQUES OF INTERVIEW AND INVESTIGATION 3
PLA 1763 LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT 3
PLA 1104 LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING 3
PLA 2114 ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH 3
PLA 2203 CIVIL LITIGATION I 3
PLA 3703 SEMINAR IN PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY 3
PLA 4944 PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE CAPSTONE 3

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS

24

C&I 6/24/08 ~ BOT 8/19/08