Paralegal Studies, Certificate

Program of Study Attributes: 
Gainful Employment

This program is approved by the The American Bar Association (ABA). The certificate in Paralegal Studies is intended to educate a generalist paralegal. Graduates are likely to find employment working under the direction of an attorney (to do otherwise would be practicing law without a license) in law firms, legal departments of large corporations, insurance companies, title companies, legal service companies, and/or federal, state or local governmental agencies. In short, wherever lawyers are employed, paralegals are likely to be employed as well.

The certificate of proficiency program in Paralegal Studies may be completed only by an individual who holds an associate or bachelor's degree with at least 21earned credits in approved General Education courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Conduct legal research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, regulations and other legal literature applicable to specific legal problems.
  • Research and draft written memoranda as directed by an attorney.
  • Research and draft pleadings and other legal documents as directed by an attorney.
  • Investigate and develop the facts of a case under the direction of an attorney.
  • Assist an attorney to prepare a case for trial and assist during trail.
  • Maintain all relevant case documents.
  • Maintain files of a case including but not limited to correspondence, pleadings, reports and briefs.
  • Draft basic documents applicable to contracts, real estate transactions, domestic relations, and estates, trust and wills as well as other appropriate legal documents.
  • Apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.
  • Discuss the ethical issues that arise for the Paralegal Professional.

      Unauthorized Practice of Law
      No person shall engage or assist a person who is not a member of the bar in the performance of activities that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law.


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Required CoursesCredits
PLG 100 - Introduction to Paralegal3
PLG 110 - Legal Research & Writing I3
PLG 120 - Legal Research & Writing II3
PLG 140 - Contract Law3
PLG 199 - Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics4
PLG 200 - Family Law3
PLG 210 - Civil Litigation and Tort Principles3
PLG 211 - Civil Litigation and Tort Applications3
PLG 220 - Real Estate Law3
PLG 230 - Estates, Trusts and Wills3
Required Electives:
  • PLG 199 Co-op / Internship or Paralegal Elective 3 Credits

Associate's or Bachelor's degree required.  An Associate in Applied Science degree is also available.

Total Credits: 30

  • For Paralegal programs, a maximum of 12 PLG (legal specialty) credits may be transferred in from an ABA accredited college or university.
  • 10 graded legal specialty graded credits must be completed at Delaware County Community College
  • No more than 9 legal specialty credits may be awarded for Credit for Prior Learning assessment by portfolio or exam.  (Contact Assessment Services, 610-359-5322 to schedule an initial phone appointment)


Paralegal Studies - Certificate - 2006 to Present

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