This program prepares students to assist lawyers and administrators of law-related occupations in providing efficient legal services to the public. The program of study includes law-related courses and legal specialty courses.
Students who already possess a(n) Associate in Science, Associate in Art, Bachelor’s, or higher degree may apply for a paralegal certificate upon successful completion of the paralegal courses only.
The paralegal courses are offered primarily in the evening. Courses prepare students for entry into a paralegal career and provide presently employed paralegals an opportunity to enhance their legal knowledge and skills. The Paralegal program does not train graduates to provide legal services directly to the public. Any person who attempts to provide legal services directly to the public, but is not licensed to practice law, engages in the illegal and unauthorized practice of law. The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Students wishing to enroll in the Paralegal Program, must complete an Admission Request. Students must make an appointment to meet with and advisor to present the Admission Request for processing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Counseling and Advising Office.
2015 - 2016
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the sources of law, legal procedure, and operation of legal systems within state and federal government and apply that knowledge to the work of paralegals.
Intellectual and Practical Skills:
- Demonstrate written, verbal, and interpersonal skills appropriate to various legal and business settings.
- Think critically and creatively analyze, synthesize, and organize information.
- Demonstrate ability to use word processing, spreadsheets, data base and case management software as they are used in the legal profession.
Personal and Social Responsibility:
- Understand and apply the Rules of Professional Conduct as they relate to the practice of law and demonstrate ethical behaviors in all settings.
- Conduct legal research using print and electronic resources, apply results to fact situations, and report findings in an appropriate format.
- Successfully complete projects performed by paralegals in the various substantive areas of law.
This program prepares students to perform paralegal work in private law firms, government agencies or large corporations or transfer to a four-year institution in this discipline.
Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.
Gainful Employment Program Information
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Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least one-third of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.
North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
Higher Learning Commission
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