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Charter Oak State College Celebrates Constitution Day
September 17th is Constitution Day! Take this opportunity to learn more about this document.

Seeking New Student Alternate Rep to CT's Statewide Student Advisory Committee
Great opportunity to network with students from other institutions and to be part of the discussion on public higher education in CT

Go Back to Get Ahead Registration Event on 8/13
Admissions and financial aid representatives from Charter Oak State College will host a registration event for Go Back to Get Ahead prospective students on Wednesday, August 13th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

Charter Oak State College Commencement set for June 1, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy to speak
2014 Commencement date, speaker announcement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
business woman in office

Concentration - Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies

The Paralegal Studies concentration was developed with the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and with input of practitioners, lawyers, and educators. The program is approved by the CBA for continuing legal education (CLE) credits. The concentration will prepare graduates to either enter the paralegal field or to further develop the skills of those already in the field. The concentration is not designed to prepare students for law school.

The concentration is intended to focus on the different kinds of law, legal ethics, effective verbal and written legal communication, the use of technology, doctrines of the Attorney/client privilege, and the state's court structure and the role of the paralegal's law firm in that structure. Students will learn legal research techniques, practical applications required of paralegals, and basic management skills.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirements

Credits

Examples

Business Law

3 credits

 

Introduction to Management

3 credits

 

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibilities

3 credits

 

Legal Research & Writing

3 credits

 

Technology in Law

3 credits

 

Communication

3 credits

Interpersonal Communication or Business Communication

Civil Procedures

3 credits

 

Paralegal Electives

12 credits

Public Administrative Law, Family Law, Wills, Probate and Administration, Intellectual Property, Elder Law, Environmental Law, Bankruptcy Law, Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Juvenile/Education Law, Internships

Capstone

3 credits

PLG 499 (Culminating course in concentration)

Co-requisite: American Government

3 credits

 

Co-requisite: Constitutional Law

3 credits

 


Recommended courses: Introduction to Psychology and State and Local Government.

Notes: Internship is required for those with no paralegal experience. Students must secure their own internship and have it approved by the faculty of Charter Oak State College.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Paralegal Studies will be able to:

  1. articulate the role of a paraprofessional in various settings;
  2. articulate, apply and adhere to ethical and professional practices within the scope of their position;
  3. communicate effectively orally and through writing;
  4. use technology – software and hardware, required of the industry and for communication (i.e., Legal Technology Certificate);
  5. explain the doctrines of the Attorney/client privilege and apply that to legal review;
  6. explain the state and federal court structures and the role of the paralegal's law firm or corporate legal department within that structure;
  7. conduct legal research effectively;
  8. explain the different kinds of law;
  9. demonstrate practical applications required of paralegals;
  10. demonstrate basic skills of management;
  11. demonstrate the ability to work in teams; and
  12. discuss diversity concepts and apply them to the workplace and the law.