SPC's Paralegal studies Certificate is perfect if you have your bachelor's degree

The Paralegal Studies Certificate adds paralegal skills and knowledge to your existing bachelor's degree, along with critical thinking, communication and computer skills. The courses prepare you for the field and meet the educational requirement for the Certified Paralegal Examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Paralegals are not licensed attorneys. 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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

24,960

2026

30,090

Percent Change

21

Projected Job Openings

3250

Paralegal Studies Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

LEGAL-CT

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2010 (420)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2010 (420), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Dr. Susan Demers
Dean
(727) 791-2501


Program Summary

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

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

5552203020: PARALEGAL STUDIES (CPP)

Federal CIP Code

22.0302: Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

Job Related Opportunities

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

Admission Rules

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

MAJOR CORE COURSES

PLA 1003 Introduction to Paralegalism 3
PLA 1104 Legal Research and Writing 3
PLA 1361 Techniques of Interview and Investigation 3
PLA 1763 Law Office Management 3
PLA 2203 Civil Litigation I 3
PLA 2114 Advanced Legal Research 3
PLA 3703 Seminar in Professional Responsibility 3
PLA 4944 Paralegal Certificate Capstone 3
Total Credits 24

Paralegal Studies Bachelor's Certificate Program Goals

  1. Acquire and implement advanced critical thinking and analytical skills needed to effectively problem solve.
  2. Demonstrate the appropriate use of communication and organizational skills within and outside the legal system.
  3. Execute the technical skills, including legal research and writing, needed to succeed in the legal profession.
  4. Exhibit the ability to deliver professional and ethical legal services in a culturally and locally appropriate manner.
  5. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the American legal system.

Industry Certification

SPC's Paralegal Studies degrees prepare you for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) exam to become a Certified Paralegal.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Associate in Science Paralegal Studies Degree transfers to our Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Applied Science degree, which is the only public baccalaureate program in Paralegal Studies in Florida approved by the American Bar Association.

SPC also offers this Paralegal Studies Certificate for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Paralegal Studies A.S. Degree

ADMISSION Requirements

  • 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.