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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Paralegal Studies, Associate in Applied Science

Effective: Fall, 2016

Paralegal Studies is an associate degree program intended to train a generalist paralegal. Graduates from the associate degree program will have a strong foundation in the areas of legal research and writing, contracts, torts, criminal law, and property law. Associate degree program graduates are likely to find employment as paralegals under the direction of attorneys (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 federal, state or local courts and governmental agencies.

Students who wish to pursue additional education in law or in other disciplines as part of their future plans should consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in Paralegal Studies, students should be able to:

  • Conduct legal research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, regulations and other legal literature to specific legal problems, and use critical thinking to analyze results of such research.
  • Draft memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents applicable to the field of law being studied.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the paralegal’s role in (i) trial preparation, (ii) trial proceedings, and (iii) settlement negotiations.
  • Investigate and develop the facts of a case, maintain relevant case files, and maintain and organize relevant case file documents, such as correspondence, pleadings, reports and briefs.
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise for the Paralegal Professional.
  • Apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.


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First Semester (15 credits)

ENG 100 - English Composition I3
PLG 100 - Introduction to the Paralegal Profession3
PLG 110 - Legal Research and Writing I3
PLG 130 - Technology in the Law3
Mathematics Elective: Any Quantitative Reasoning designated MAT course (MAT 120 or higher, excluding MAT 125) (3 credits)

Second Semester (15 credits)

COMM 100 - Interpersonal Communication3
PLG 120 - Legal Research and Writing II3
PLG 140 - Contract Law3
PLG 240 - Criminal Law and Procedure3
Philosophy Elective - any Global Understanding designated PHI course (3 credits)

Third Semester (16 credits)

ACC 100 - Applied Accounting3
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
PLG 220 - Real Estate Law3
PLG 210 - Civil Litigation and Tort Principles3
Science Elective - any Scientific Inquiry designated science course ( 4 credits)

Fourth Semester (15-16 credits)

PLG 211 - Civil Litigation and Tort Applications3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
PLG 199 - Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics4
PLG 197 - Paralegal Practicum and Legal Ethics3
(2) PLG Elective ( 6 credits)
Social Science/Humanities Elective - any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course (3 credits)

PLG Elective: Select six (6) credits from PLG 200, PLG 230, PLG 241, PLG 242, PLG 243, PLG 244, PLG 246
A maximum of twelve (12) PLG (legal specialty) credits may be transferred in from an ABA accredited college or university.
No more than nine (9) specialty credits may be awarded for Credit for Prior Learning assessment by portfolio or exam. 




Total Credits: 61-63