Academics

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. 

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 38

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 120MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR PARALEGALS 2
PRLGL 215BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICE 3
PRLGL 260PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP 3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPROVED ELECTIVES *6

*  PRLGL 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
Fall Semester 1PRLGL 110; PRLGL 112; PRLGL 116; PRLGL 117; PRLGL 215
Spring Semester 1PRLGL 113; PRLGL 114; PRLGL 115; PRLGL 118; Approved Elective
Summer SemesterPRLGL 120; PRLGL 260; Approved Elective

Program Contact Information

Business, Legal, and Information Systems Department

Peoria Campus

Poplar Hall  Room 117

(309) 690-7691

Illinois Career Cluster

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Career Pathway:
Legal Services

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Pathway: Legal Services
ICC Pathway: Paralegal

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Humanities | Introduction to Communication: Presentation and Theory (COMM 110) | Lab Science | Mathematics | Social Science

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Paying for College | Career Information: Paralegals and Legal Assistants | Student Information

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Paralegal (60 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

None

Employment Information

Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Corporate Law Assistant, Legal Analyst, Law Associate $24-28/hr

OR

Post-Degree Certificate

(for those with an associates or bachelors degree)

Paralegal Certificate(38 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

None

Employment Information

Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Corporate Law Assistant, Legal Analyst, Law Associate$24-28/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs at this time.

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer
guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

Franklin University
Lincoln University

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements