Programs And Courses

Legal and Public Safety
Legal and Public Safety

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 curriculum awards a post-baccalaureate certificate that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Find information on transferring prior paralegal coursework to HACC for credit here. (pdf)

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.

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

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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)



  • 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.

Our certificate 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.

Central Penn College: Paralegal to Legal Studies (pdf)

We offer the complete program at our Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses provided you take some of your coursework online through virtual learning.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.


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 to learn how to 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.


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