2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 31, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Legal Assistant/Paralegal (HB56)

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The Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education whose focus is to train paralegals for private and public placement. It is not a pre-law program intended for those students who plan to enroll in law school after they have completed a baccalaureate program. Students who are planning to eventually enter law school should obtain a four-year degree as soon as possible.

The Legal Assistant/Paralegal curriculum prepares qualified people to handle, in a professional manner, many of the complex tasks involved in rendering skilled assistance to lawyers. Legal Assistants are prepared to do specialized work for banks, insurance companies, real estate firms, corporate offices, and public and semi-public agencies. The Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program offers a new career opportunity in a rapidly expanding field for people who have had no previous experience with legal work. For people already employed in legal work, the program will upgrade their skills. The topic of ethics and the paralegal’s role in the legal profession are emphasized throughout the courses in the program.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on General Education Core . Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required. Students are encouraged to meet with a Legal Assistant/Paralegal academic advisor each semester to select the appropriate courses.


Program Requirements

Competency Requirement

Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Credits: 3

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/ Ethical Credits: 3

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication Credits: 3

Historical Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3

Oral Communications Credits: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3

MAT* H137  and courses numbered lower than MAT* H137  will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

Scientific Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3-4

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Scientific Reasoning Credits: 3-4

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

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Social Phenomena Credits: 3

Written Communication Credits: 3

Program Outcomes


Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 Choose 3 of the following:

2 Choose 1 course from the following disciplines: Management, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science, Marketing, Economics


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here Becoming Connecticut State Community College  for more detail about this merger.



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