Paralegal Program

Paralegal



Are your looking for a rewarding career that makes a difference in people’s lives?

Every day paralegals work with lawyers to effect social change. Whether their work impacts one specific individual or impacts those around the world, paralegals are making a difference.

Delaware County Community College has been preparing individuals to become professionally qualified and highly skilled paralegals since the inception of its Paralegal Studies Program in 1985. The College offers an associate degree and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Studies. Our graduates go on to attain jobs at major law firms, corporate offices, and government agencies. Other graduates continue their education and some eventually attending law school.

Contact Information
Keeley Mitchell, Esquire

Director of Paralegal Studies
610-359-5261
Email

The College’s American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies Program gives you the foundation for a successful legal career. Students in the program are taught by legal experts actively involved in the legal community at the local, regional and national levels. These team of legal experts allow the program’s curriculum to continually meet the demands of a constantly evolving legal industry.

Not only does the Paralegal Studies Program ready you for a successful career by teaching the legal skills you will need to become a paralegal, it also makes it affordable and accessible. The College provides a combination of traditional classroom and online courses to meet your busy schedule.

Ready to make a difference? Apply today. 

Options

Paralegal Studies, Associate in Applied Science 
61-63 credits

Paralegal Studies, Certificate of Proficiency
36-37 credits

Saturday & Evening Classes

Starting this fall classes will be offered on Saturdays at the Upper Darby Center and on evenings at the Exton Center. Evening classes are also offered at the Marple Campus. 

Classes

PLG 100, Introduction to Paralegal

PLG 110, Legal Research and Writing I

PLG 120, Legal Research and Writing II PLG 130, Technology in the Law
PLG 140, Contract Law PLG 200, Family Law
PLG 210, Civil Litigation and Tort Principles PLG 211, Civil Litigation and Tort Applications
PLG 220, Real Estate Law PLG 230, Estates, Trusts and Wills
PLG 240, Criminal Law  

Internship Requirement

All students in the Paralegal Studies Program (both associate degree and certificate candidates) are required to complete a 180-hour paralegal internship (PLG 199 Paralegal Experience) in the law office or legal environment of their choice. Learn More »

Transfer

The Paralegal Studies Program welcomes students from other institutions to continue their education in our ABA-approved paralegal studies program. No more than 50 percent of approved general education courses or 50 percent of approved paralegal courses from an ABA-approved program will be accepted for transfer. 

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.

Continuing Legal Education Courses

Attorneys and paralegals can now satisfy their continuing legal education requirements at the College. The Paralegal Studies Program offers continuing legal education courses through the College's non-credit division. These courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for both substantive and ethics credits. Click here for more details and a schedule of the courses offered.

Alumni Profile



Michael Monastra
, Paralegal and Lien Operations Manager for Providio MediSolutions

After earning a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University, Monastra decided to narrow his career options and enter the legal field. He discovered the College’s paralegal postbaccalaureate certificate program and liked that it was accredited by the American Bar Association and that it would give him an affordable and convenient pathway to becoming a paralegal.

"What I enjoyed most about Delaware County Community College were the courses and staff. All ten courses in the program helped prepare me for a successful career as a paralegal. Plus, being part of the evening program, I felt that all of my instructors understood the demands of our life outside the program."


Business, Computing & Social Science

Social work falls under the Business, Computing & Social Science Division at the College. Click here for more information about the division and other program offerings.