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. Paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney in good standing under the state bar and must not engage in the unauthorized practice of law, as set forth in the Code of Professional Conduct.
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 Peoria, 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).
This program is approved by the American Bar Association.
Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 38
Select a course number below to see a course description.
Required Program Courses
|PRLGL 110||INTRODUCTION TO PARALEGAL ||3|
|PRLGL 112||LEGAL RESEARCH I ||3|
|PRLGL 113||LEGAL RESEARCH II ||3|
|PRLGL 114||FAMILY LAW ||3|
|PRLGL 115||WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION ||3|
|PRLGL 116||CIVIL LITIGATION ||3|
|PRLGL 117||ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ||3|
|PRLGL 118||LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT ||3|
|PRLGL 120||MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR PARALEGALS ||2|
|PRLGL 215||BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICE ||3|
|PRLGL 260||PARALEGAL INTERNSHIP ||3|
|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.
Students enrolled in the Post-Degree Paralegal Studies Certificate program must complete at least 25 percent of the legal specialty courses required at Illinois Central College for award of the degree or certificate from Illinois Central College.â€¯ In addition, each student must complete the number of hours of legal specialty courses delivered through traditional classroom instruction as required by the American Bar Association’s Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs. The Illinois Central College Paralegal Studies Program will only accept legal specialty transfer credits from other American Bar Association approved schools.â€¯â€¯The Illinois Central College Paralegal Studies Program does not award any legal specialty transfer credit through examination or portfolios.
Recommended Course Sequence
|Fall Semester 1||PRLGL 110; PRLGL 112; PRLGL 116; PRLGL 117; PRLGL 215|
|Spring Semester 1||PRLGL 113; PRLGL 114; PRLGL 115; PRLGL 118; Approved Elective|
|Summer Semester||PRLGL 120; PRLGL 260; Approved Elective|
Program Contact Information
Business, Legal, and Information Systems Department
Poplar Hall Room 117
Illinois Career Cluster
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security