Paralegal Certificate Program Requirements 1
|Core Courses (12 Credits):2, 3
|Civil Procedures (PLG 105)
|Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (PLG 301)
|Legal Research, Writing and Reasoning (PLG 210) 4
|Technology in Law (PLG 110)
|Elective Courses (12 Credits):
Student's choice of 4 electives (Areas of specialization)
|Bankruptcy Law (PLG 330)
|Business Law (BUS 120)
|Criminal Law (PLG 211)
|Elder Law (PLG 311)
|Environmental Law (PLG 312)
|Family Law (PLG 320)
|Health Care Law (HCA 411)
|Insurance Law (PLG 412)
|Intellectual Property (PLG 415)
|Juvenile/Education Law (PLG 325)
|Wills, Probate and Administration (PLG 215)
|Public Administration Law (PUB 120)
|Real Estate Law (PLG 314)
|TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS
- A maximum of 12 credits can transferred into the certificate program with the exception
of PLG 210: Legal Research, Writing and Reasoning.
- Core courses must be completed prior to or concurrently with any elective courses.
- All courses are conducted in an 8-week accelerated format using Blackboard. Not all
courses are available each term or semester.
- PLG 210: Legal Research, Writing and Reasoning must be taken at Charter Oak State
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete a certificate in Paralegal Studies should be able to:
- Articulate the role of a paraprofessional in various settings.
- Understand, apply and adhere to ethical and professional practices within the scope
of their position.
- Communicate effectively orally and through writing.
- Use technology - software and hardware, required of the industry and for communication
(i.e., Legal Technology Certificate).
- Understand the doctrines of the Attorney/client privilege and apply that to legal
- Explain the state and federal court structures and the role of the paralegal's law
firm or corporate legal department within that structure.
- Conduct legal research effectively.
- Explain the different kinds of law.
- Demonstrate practical applications required of paralegals demonstrate basic skills
of management demonstrate the ability to work in teams.
- Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and its importance in the workplace and
in the law.
Certificate programs are designed for adults who are interested in learning a specific
set of skills and gaining knowledge in a certain area, but may not want to earn a
degree. Credits earned apply toward a Charter Oak associate or baccalaureate degree.
Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course.
Apply using our online Certification Application Form.
To register for courses, go to Course Search & Registration and search under the subject "Paralegal Studies".