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Paralegal - Certificate

Certificate (Certificate Program) - 37 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

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. Paralegal are employed by private law firms, corporations, governmental agencies, insurance companies, title companies, and financial institutions. 

Program Accreditation:
This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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 make application for admission to the program.  Student must make application for admission to Illinois Central College and must submit an official transcript from the college or university granting the degree to the ICC Enrollment Services. 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 traditional 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 course (included equated transfer courses).  All prerequisites to PRLGL courses must be satisfied with a grade “C” or better.

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
PRLGL 110; PRLGL 112; PRLGL 116; PRLGL 117; PRLGL 215; PRLGL 159

Spring Semester 1:
PRLGL 113; PRLGL 114; PRLGL 115; PRLGL 118; PRLGL 260; Approved Electives


Course Information:
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
PRLGL 260PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP 3
PRLGL 215BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICE 3
PRLGL 159PARALEGAL PRE-INTERNSHIP 1
PRLGL 118LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT 3
PRLGL 117ADMINISTRATIVE LAW 3
PRLGL 116CIVIL LITIGATION 3
PRLGL 115WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION 3
PRLGL 114FAMILY LAW 3
PRLGL 113LEGAL RESEARCH II 3
PRLGL 112LEGAL RESEARCH I 3
PRLGL 110INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL 3
Elective Courses
CourseNameCredit
APPROVED ELECTIVES *6

* Approved electives: PRLGL 120, 121, 141; BUS 115, 116, 215; CRJ 111, 225, 223, 227, 230; CMPSC 120 or CMGEN 120

Students should "Petition to Graduate" during the next to last semester of the study. The petition is available in the Admissions/Records Office, L211.

For Program Information Contact:

Social Sciences and Public Services Department

North Campus Poplar Hall

Room 117

(309)690-7691

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