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Courses and Programs Details

Paralegal Studies: Certificate  (5301)

Do you have a bachelor’s degree, but you want to explore the legal field? Do you enjoy researching different legal topics?

This Paralegal Studies Program awards a post-baccalaureate certificate that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).


What can I do with this in the workforce? 

After earning your certificate, you’ll be ready to work as an assistant in law libraries or a paralegal in private, corporate and governmental law practices and title insurance companies.

It is important to note that paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by the law. Paralegals support lawyers with a variety of tasks, such as:

  • Conducting legal research
  • Drafting memorandums, briefs and litigation documents
  • Maintaining and organizing files

 

What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

You will learn how to provide legal services under the supervision of an attorney in law-related occupations, and:

  • Conduct research and prepare legal memoranda and briefs
  • Conduct computer-assisted legal research
  • Prepare and draft litigation documents (complaints, answers, motions, discovery documents)
  • Perform administrative tasks in a legal office
  • Prepare and draft legal documents related to estates (wills, trusts), bankruptcy (petitions, schedules), domestic relations (support/property settlement agreements), real estate law (deeds, settlement sheets)

It’s important to note that this is a selective program. Your admission to HACC does not guarantee your acceptance into this program. Since this program is a post-baccalaureate certificate, you must have a bachelor’s degree to enroll. When you apply to the program, please include your official transcripts.

Federal regulations require the college to disclose specific gainful employment information about this program. You will find information on completion rates and placement, program costs and median loan debt.
 

What classes will I take?


We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

 

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Our certificate program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to earn an associate degree at HACC!

When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.


Where can I complete this program?

We offer the complete program at our Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses.
 

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! We have approximately 200 scholarships available that can help offset the cost of your education. Available through the HACC Foundation, these scholarships have different eligibility requirements. Please visit hacc.edu/Scholarships to learn how to apply.
 

When can I apply?

We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. You can apply online anytime by visiting our website and submitting your application. You must also submit your official transcripts to show you have a bachelor’s degree. When you apply, please include the program’s unique code 5301. This will ensure you apply to the correct program.
 

How can I learn more?

We are committed to YOUR success in the legal profession. For additional information about our program, please contact the department chair Dr. Michelle Myers or an admissions counselor. You may also request more information online.