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Paralegal

This program is offered at Clark State's Start here, finish there location.

The Paralegal Technology program prepares individuals to assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Someone who enjoys conducting research, solving problems, and communicating the results has good potential as a paralegal.  Paralegals are employed by private law firms, financial institutions, courts, prosecutors' offices, legal aid societies, public defenders' programs and corporate law offices.

Clark State cooperates with Sinclair Community College in offering the nonparalegal courses for this AAS degree program. Students can take classes at Clark State concurrently with the Sinclair paralegal courses if they wish to complete the degree within a two-year time frame, or they can complete the nonparalegal courses at Clark State first and then transfer to Sinclair to complete the program.  Students are cautioned that once they begin the paralegal courses at Sinclair, it will still take two years to sequence through the paralegal courses.  By taking course work at Clark State, students are able to minimize commuting time.

The Paralegal Program at Sinclair is a limited-enrollment program and students must be accepted into the program before beginning paralegal courses.  Students should contact the Dean of Business and Applied Technologies for information on applying to Sinclair’s Paralegal Program and for academic advising while enrolled at Clark State.

Completion of the Paralegal Program does not authorize a graduate to practice law as an attorney.  

The program layout below reflects the recommended sequence of courses for students planning to complete a degree within two years.  Clark State courses may be completed concurrently with Sinclair courses or prior to enrolling at Sinclair.  Sinclair courses are designated by SCC.  The 32 credit hours at Clark State can be completed by a full-time student within one year provided he or she has few or no college preparatory requirements.

Course Title Credits
Fall
ENG 1111 English I 3
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications 3
OAD 1105 Business English 4
-- PAR 1101 Paralegal Principles (SCC) 3
-- PAR 1102 Legal Technology (SCC) 1
-- PAR 1103 Litigation (SCC) 3
 
Spring
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
-- PAR 1201 Legal Research & Writing (SCC) 3
-- PAR 1202 Advanced Legal Technology (SCC) 1
-- PAR 1203 Advanced Litigation (SCC) 3
-- PAR 1204 Real Estate Law (SCC) 3
 
Summer
MGT 2600 Legal Environment of Business 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychologyor  
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
-- Arts and Humanities Elective 3
-- PAR/LAW Elective (SCC) 3
 
Fall
ACC 1100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
-- PAR 2301 Advanced Legal Research & Writing (SCC) 3
-- PAR 2302 Family Law (SCC) 3
-- PAR 2303 Probate Law (SCC) 3
-- PAR 2304 Paralegal Ethics (SCC) 3
 
Spring
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
-- PAR 2401 Paralegal Internship (SCC) 3
-- PAR/LAW Elective (SCC) 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 70

Total hours taken at Clark State:  32.  Total hours taken at SCC:  38.