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Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies is an associate degree program intended to train a generalist paralegal. Graduates from the associate degree program will have a strong foundation in the areas of legal research and writing, contracts, torts, criminal law, and property law. Associate degree program graduates are likely to find employment as paralegals under the direction of attorneys (to do otherwise would be practicing law without a license) in law firms, legal departments of large corporations, insurance companies, title companies, legal service companies and federal, state or local courts and governmental agencies.

Students who wish to pursue additional education in law or in other disciplines as part of their future plans should consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

Program content

First Semester

  • English Composition I
  • Introduction to the Paralegal Profession
  • Legal Research and Writing I
  • Technology in the Law


  • Mathematics Elective: Any Quantitative Reasoning designated MAT course

Second Semester

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Legal Research and Writing II
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure


  • Philosophy Elective - any Global Understanding designated PHI course

Third Semester

  • Applied Accounting
  • English Composition II: Writing About Literature
  • Real Estate Law
  • Civil Litigation and Tort Principles


  • Science Elective - any Scientific Inquiry designated science course

Fourth Semester

  • Civil Litigation and Tort Applications
  • Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics
  • Paralegal Practicum and Legal Ethics


  • (2) PLG Elective
  • Social Science/Humanities Elective - any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in Paralegal Studies, students should be able to:

  • Conduct legal research to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, regulations and other legal literature to specific legal problems, and use critical thinking to analyze results of such research.
  • Draft memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents applicable to the field of law being studied.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the paralegal’s role in (i) trial preparation, (ii) trial proceedings, and (iii) settlement negotiations.
  • Investigate and develop the facts of a case, maintain relevant case files, and maintain and organize relevant case file documents, such as correspondence, pleadings, reports and briefs.
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise for the Paralegal Professional.
  • Apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.

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About this institute

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a public two-year college in Media, Pennsylvania, with a current enrollment of 12,500 students (including 200 international students from over 50 countries). Offering over 40 degree programs, students can complete a two-year associate degree...

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

901 S. Media Line Rd
PA 19063 Media Pennsylvania
United States of America

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