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Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Certification Credential

Credits Available for credentials issued September 2013 through August 2018

Note: As of September 2013 all examinees take the same exam

  • American Legal System - U.S. Government: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Civil Litigation - PLG 105: Civil Procedures: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Civil Litigation II: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Contracts for Paralegals: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Critical Thinking: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Introduction to Business/Professional Communications: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Legal Ethics - PLG 301: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Legal Research and Writing - PLG 210: Legal Research and Writing: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Legal Terminology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Uniform Commercial Code and Business Organizations: 3 credits, lower division level

Credits Available for credentials issued September 2010 through September 2013 and covering the Estate Planning, Family Law, Litigation, and Real Estate elective portions

Note: Other exams were given during this period with examinees choosing from a menu of elective portions; this credit recommendation is for an exam with the above elective portions - different elective portions will require a separate evaluation

  • American Legal System - U.S. Government: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Case Analysis & Reasoning: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Civil Litigation - PLG 105: Civil Procedures: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Civil Litigation II: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Critical Thinking: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Family Law - PLG 320: Family Law: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Human Relations and Interviewing Techniques: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Introduction to Business/Professional Communications: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Legal Ethics - PLG 301: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Legal Research and Writing - PLG 210: Legal Research and Writing: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Legal Terminology: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Real Property - PLG 314: Real Estate Law: 3 credits, upper division level
  • Wills, Estates, and Trusts - PLG 215: Wills and Probate: 3 credits, lower division level

Issuing Agency

The National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals

Applying for the Credit

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the ACORN Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

Credentials issued September 2013 through August 2018

American Legal System - U.S. Government: 3 credits, lower division level
American Government Courses begin with the evolution of the social contract, U.S. political ideals and the 4 theories of power in America. They include the Constitution: how it was created, what it says, checks and balances and the importance of the Bill of Rights.  The course explores Federalism and the balance between federal and state governments. The student must understand where our government comes from, and how it interacts with citizens: civil liberties, civil rights, public opinion and mass media, special interest groups, and the electoral process. The student examines the 3 branches of the federal government in depth: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary, before ending with public policy and State and Local governments.

Civil Litigation - PLG 105 - Civil Procedures: 3 credits, lower division level
This course introduces the structure of the legal system and the rules governing civil litigation. Topics include jurisdiction, state and federal rules of civil procedure and evidence.

Civil Litigation II: 3 credits, upper division level
This course covers advanced topics in the civil litigation process. Topics include motions, discovery, 
and trial and appellate procedures.

Contracts for Paralegals: 3 credits, upper division level
Learn how to form effective legal contracts, how contracts are performed and how to remedy for nonperformance or breach of contract.  The contract drafting, analysis and litigation skills learned in this course can be applied to a wide variety of legal situations.

Critical Thinking: 3 credits, lower division level|
Critical Thinking is an introductory course in the principles of good reasoning. It covers pretty much the same subject as what is usually taught in practical logic, informal reasoning or the study of argumentation. This means that the main focus of the course lies in arguments, their nature, their use and their import. In this regard, a course in Critical Thinking comes very close to the study of classical Logic as it pertains to our natural language.

Introduction to Business/Professional Communications: 3 credits, lower division level
This introductory course focuses on the knowledge and skills that students need to become competent communicators.  This information and these skills include speaking, listening, media literacy, computer-mediated communication, cultural sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking.  Students prepare and present speeches and group projects that utilize media and technology.  Emphasis is placed on personal, social and workplace interactions; both individually and in group settings.

Legal Ethics - PLG 301 - Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: 3 credits, upper division level
Legal Ethics is designed to acquaint the student with the professional codes of conduct and law dealing with the ethical obligations of members of the legal profession. The subjects covered include: the regulation of attorney and legal assistant conduct, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, the handling of client funds, advertising, free-lancing and the unauthorized practice of law, disciplinary proceedings and malpractice. There is extensive classroom discussion on common ethical problems in the legal office.

Legal Research and Writing - PLG 210 - Legal Research and Writing: 3 credits, lower division level
This course covers the techniques of reading and applying legal opinions and the skills of case analysis.  Emphasis is placed on the components of opinions and on types of legal writing.

Legal Terminology: 3 credits, lower division level
Introduces the elements of legal terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with legal words that apply to the court system, contracts, family law, real estate, litigation, wills/probate, bankruptcy, and general legal terms. 

Uniform Commercial Code and Business Organizations: 3 credits, lower division level
Introduces the student to the laws of sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) as well as agency and partnership, corporations, and other business entities. There is an emphasis on the role of the lawyer and the paralegal in the formation of business entities which includes the preparation of related documents.

Credentials issued September 2010 through September 2013

American Legal System - U.S. Government: 3 credits, lower division level
American Government Courses begin with the evolution of the social contract, U.S. political ideals and the 4 theories of power in America. They include the Constitution: how it was created, what it says, checks and balances and the importance of the Bill of Rights.  The course explores Federalism and the balance between federal and state governments. The student must understand where our government comes from, and how it interacts with citizens: civil liberties, civil rights, public opinion and mass media, special interest groups, and the electoral process. The student examines the 3 branches of the federal government in depth: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary, before ending with public policy and State and Local governments

Case Analysis & Reasoning: 3 credits, upper division level
This course covers the techniques of reading and applying legal opinions and the skills of case analysis. Emphasis is placed on the components of opinions and on types of legal writing.

Civil Litigation - PLG 105: Civil Procedures: 3 credits, lower division level
This course introduces the structure of the legal system and the rules governing civil litigation. Topics include jurisdiction, state and federal rules of civil procedure and evidence.

Civil Litigation II: 3 credits, upper division level
This course covers advanced topics in the civil litigation process. Topics include motions, discovery, and trial and appellate procedures.

Critical Thinking: 3 credits, lower division level
Critical Thinking is an introductory course in the principles of good reasoning. It covers pretty much the same subject as what is usually taught in practical logic, informal reasoning or the study of argumentation. This means that the main focus of the course lies in arguments, their nature, their use and their import. In this regard, a course in Critical Thinking comes very close to the study of classical Logic as it pertains to our natural language.

Family Law - PLG 320: Family Law: 3 credits, upper division level
This course covers laws governing domestic relations. Topics include marriage, separation, divorce, child custody, support, property division, adoption, domestic violence, and other related topics.

Human Relations and Interviewing Techniques: 3 credits, lower division level
Provides a study of human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society.  Topics include: human relations skills, job acquisition skills, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

Introduction to Business/Professional Communications: 3 credits, lower division level
The course is designed to expose students to the theories, skills, and strategies needed to become effective communicators in business and professional settings. Students who successfully complete the course should be able to 1) recognize and describe the array of specific business/professional situations in which effective communication is expected; 2) understand and explain the responsibilities, expectations, and dynamics of human communication in those business/professional situations: and 3) choose appropriate communication strategies and use effective communication skills in writing and presentation. 

Legal Ethics - PLG 301: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: 3 credits, upper division level
Legal Ethics is designed to acquaint the student with the professional codes of conduct and law dealing with the ethical obligations of members of the legal profession. The subjects to be covered include: the regulation of attorney and legal assistant conduct, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, the handling of client funds, advertising, free-lancing and the unauthorized practice of law, disciplinary proceedings and malpractice. There is extensive classroom discussion on common ethical problems in the legal office. 

Legal Research and Writing - PLG 210: Legal Research and Writing: 3 credits, lower division level
This course covers the essential skills of legal research, writing and analysis with instruction on using the traditional book-based methods of legal research as well as electronic research systems such as Westlaw and/or LexisNexis.

Legal Terminology: 3 credits, lower division level
Introduces the elements of legal terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with legal words that apply to the court system, contracts, family law, real estate, litigation, wills/probate, bankruptcy, and general legal terms. 

Real Property - PLG 314: Real Estate Law: 3 credits, upper division level
This course continues the study of real property law relating to title examination and preparation of closing documents. Topics include use of courthouse and other public records in title examination and preparation of documents required in real estate transactions and closings.

Wills, Estates, and Trusts - PLG 215: Wills and Probate: 3 credits, lower division level
This course covers various types of wills, trusts, probate, estate administration, and intestacy. Topics include types of wills and execution requirements, caveats and dissents, intestate succession, inventories and accountings, distribution and settlement, and other related topics.