Academics

Paralegal

The mission of the Associate in Applied Science Paralegal program of study is to produce competent, well-rounded individuals who are able to work under the supervision of an attorney in the many areas of the practice of law, specifically, the student will be prepared to perform such tasks as legal research, client interviews, investigations, preparation of legal documents, and other legal work as delegated by an attorney. Paralegals are employed by private law firms, corporations, governmental agencies, insurance companies, title companies, and financial institutions. 

Accreditation:

This program has been approved by the American Bar Association.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 62

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
COMM 110INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *3
LABORATORY SCIENCE ***4
BUS 120
or
BUSINESS MATHEMATICS 
or
3
MATHEMATICS ****3
HUMANITIES **3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CRJ 225CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRJ 230COURT PROCEDURES AND EVIDENCE 3
PRLGL 110INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL 3
PRLGL 112LEGAL RESEARCH I 3
PRLGL 113LEGAL RESEARCH II 3
PRLGL 114FAMILY LAW 3
PRLGL 115WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION 3
PRLGL 116CIVIL LITIGATION 3
PRLGL 117ADMINISTRATIVE LAW 3
PRLGL 118LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT 3
PRLGL 159PARALEGAL PRE-INTERNSHIP 1
PRLGL 215BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICE 3
PRLGL 260PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP 3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPROVED ELECTIVE *****3

* POLSC 115, 119 or PSY 110 are recommended; see specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** PHIL 111 is recommended; see specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
*** BIOL 111 or 140 are recommended; see specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
**** MATH 110 or above; see specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
***** Other PRLGL, CRJ, or law related courses recommended; meet with your advisor for appropriate selection.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Applied Science degree program must meet with the Program Coordinator to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements.

Computers are an important component to many aspects of this profession.  The student should be familiar with keyboarding.  If not, an additional class in keyboarding is recommended.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; BUS 120 or Mathematics; Social Science; PRLGL 110
Spring Semester 1COMM 110; PRLGL 112; Humanities; CRJ 225
Summer SemesterLaboratory Science
Fall Semester 2PRLGL 113; PRLGL 116; PRLGL 117; PRLGL 215; PRLGL 159
Spring Semester 2CRJ 230; PRLGL 115; PRLGL 260; PRLGL 114; PRLGL 118

Program Contact Information

Business, Legal, and Information Systems Department

North Campus Poplar Hall

Room 117

(309) 690-7691

Illinois Career Cluster

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Career Pathway:
Legal Services