Oct 20, 2021  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2013-14 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2013-14 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Paralegal Studies Certificate

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Bedford Campus - Evening  •  Lowell Campus - Day

Program Description:

The Paralegal Studies Certificate program prepares graduates for employment assisting lawyers in gathering and analyzing factual data, researching legal questions, and preparing legal documents. The program emphasizes solid academic and practice-oriented preparation. The certificate program focuses on legal courses, and is appropriate for someone who has already earned an associate degree or bachelor’s degree and is interested in changing careers. This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Paralegals perform legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. They work in law firms, social service and government agencies, banks, health care organizations, large corporations and other businesses where lawyers need assistance. The paralegal field is a growth occupation where well-prepared graduates are in high demand by employers. Students enter the job market directly or continue their studies. Courses in the certificate program may be applied to the Paralegal Studies associate degree program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information:   

In accordance with Federal regulations, Middlesex Community College discloses information about student costs, tuitions, fees and employment statistics to various governing bodies to ensure certification and oversight.

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Helpful Hints:

Successful completion of Introduction to Law (LGL 101) and English Composition I (ENG 101) is recommended before attempting other paralegal courses in the program. Students should plan on taking an internship in preparation for the workplace.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program are prepared to:

  • Analyze a problem and then identify and evaluate solutions;
  • Construct logical arguments in support of specific positions and evaluate their arguments;
  • Communicate effectively in person, by telephone and in written correspondence;
  • Work effectively as part of a team and individually, as appropriate;
  • Prepare and carry out an effective legal research plan using both print and electronic sources of law;
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency in preparing, editing and saving documents, basic spreadsheet program features, basic database program features, e-mail functions and the evaluation of Internet sites for reliability and validity of information;
  • Understand the legal process and the nature of law practice, emphasizing the role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical principles that guide paralegal conduct and the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues.

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