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Paralegal - Certificate

The mission of the Paralegal certificate 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. 

Admission to the Program:

A bachelor's degree (4 years/undergraduate) or associate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission to the program. Student must submit an application for admission to Illinois Central College and must submit an official transcript from the college or university granting the degree to ICC Enrollment Services, L211. Student must submit a separate application for the Paralegal Certificate Program to the Program coordinator and have an interview with the Program Coordinator before gaining admission to the program.  The form is available from the Program Coordinator at ICC North, Poplar Hall 117, by calling (309) 690-7691 or on-line at http://paralegal.icc.edu at least 30 percent of the total program of study must be completed at Illinois Central College.   Student must take at least 10 credit hours or the equivalent of legal specialty course through the 'in person' format. PRLGL 113, 116, and 260 must be taken at ICC to graduate from the program.   Students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in each PRLGL course (included equated PRLGL transfer courses).  

Accreditation:

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 37

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
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 ELECTIVES *6

* PRLGL 120, 121, 141; CRJ 111, 225, 227, 230

Students enrolled in this 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
Summer SemesterApproved Elective
Fall Semester 1PRLGL 110; PRLGL 112; PRLGL 116; PRLGL 117; PRLGL 215;
Spring Semester 1PRLGL 113; PRLGL 114; PRLGL 115; PRLGL 118; PRLGL 159; Approved Elective
Summer SemesterPRLGL 260

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

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