Academic Catalog

Paralegal Studies, Associate in Applied Science (PLG)

Department website: https://www.dccc.edu/academics/academic-divisions/business-computing-social-science/paralegal-program

Effective: Fall 2021

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.

No person shall engage or assist a person who is not a member of the bar in the performance of activities that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law.

  • 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 trial preparation, trial proceedings and 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.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
PLG 100 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 3
PLG 110 Legal Research and Writing I 3
PLG 130 Technology in the Law 3
Mathematics Elective: Any Quantitative Reasoning designated MAT course 1 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
COMM 100 Interpersonal Communication 3
PLG 120 Legal Research and Writing II 3
PLG 140 Contract Law 3
PLG 240 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
Philosophy Elective: Any Global Understanding designated PHI course 3
 Hours15
Third Semester
ACC 100
Applied Accounting
or Financial Accounting
3
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
PLG 220 Real Estate Law 3
PLG 210 Civil Litigation and Tort Principles 3
Science Elective: Any Scientific Inquiry designated Science course 4
 Hours16
Fourth Semester
PLG 211 Civil Litigation and Tort Applications 3
PLG 199
Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics
or Paralegal Practicum and Legal Ethics
3-4
Two PLG Electives 6
Social Science/Humanities Elective: Any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours61-62

Notes

Quantitative Reasoning designated courses.

1

MAT 120 Modern College Mathematics or higher, excluding MAT 125 Mathematics for Teachers of Children I

Global Understanding designated courses.

Scientific Inquiry designated courses.

Diversity and Social Justice designated courses.

PLG Elective:

Select six (6) credits from:
PLG 200Family Law3
PLG 230Estates, Trusts and Wills3
PLG 241Administrative Law3
PLG 242Business Organizations3
PLG 243Bankruptcy Law3
PLG 244Labor and Employment Law3
PLG 246Elder Law3

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.

Students must take at least nine (9) semester credits or the equivalent of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction at Delaware County Community College.

This program is approved by The American Bar Association (ABA). The Associate degree in Paralegal Studies is intended to provide graduates with a strong foundation in the areas of legal research and writing, contracts, torts, criminal law and property law. 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.

Unauthorized Practice Law: No person shall engage or assist a person who is not a member of the bar in the performance of activities that constitute the unauthorized practice of law.