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Legal Studies - Paralegal Accelerated Certificate (LSACE)

Location(s): Online


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Award: Certificate of Achievement
Academic Focus Area: Community and Human Services
 

This certificate program prepares students who already have a bachelor’s degree for entry-level occupations in law offices of all sizes and specialties, including private law firms, government agencies, the court system, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. 

To fulfill elective requirements, students pursuing the MCC Legal Studies - Paralegal Accelerated Certificate of Achievement focus on an area of concentration by selecting from one of the below six-course Career Certificates:

  • Transactional Law Specialist (TRACC)
  • Litigation Specialist (LITCC)
  • Immigration Law Specialist (LSICC)
  • Legal Specialist (LSPCC)

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.  The MCC Legal Studies - Paralegal Accelerated Certificate of Achievement is approved by the American Bar Association.

Program Admission
To enroll in this accelerated certificate, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a college/university and submit a transcript to the MCC Records Office.

Transfer Credits
Legal specialty courses completed at another college may only be transferred if they are from an ABA-approved program with substantially the same content, are for the same or more earned credit hours, and earned a grade of C or better. Transfer credit is not available by course challenge, course examination, or course portfolio. To request transfer of credit, students must request that original transcripts be submitted by the college or university directly to the MCC Records Office. The Records Office staff will then refer any legal specialty courses to the Academic Dean for determination of acceptability for transfer. No more than 9.0 quarter credit hours of legal specialty credit may be awarded by transfer.

Students are required to take at least 13.5 quarter credit hours of legal specialty courses through synchronous instruction.

 

Graduation Requirements
To earn this degree, a student must complete all required courses.
Total credit hours required: 54.0

 

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Elective Requirements- 27.0 credits


To fulfill elective requirements, students pursuing this degree focus on an area of concentration by selecting from and completing one of the below six-course Career Certificates:

  • Transactional Law Specialist (TRACC)  :  The MCC Transactional Law Career Certificate prepares students for entry level positions in the legal profession that provide support to lawyers in transactional or administrative law matters.
  • Litigation Specialist Career Certificate (LITCC)  :  Students pursuing the MCC Litigation Specialist Career Certificate learn about the roles and functions of litigation professionals who provided support to attorneys throughout the litigation process.
  • Immigration Law Specialist (LSICC) :  The MCC Immigration Laws Specialist Career Certificate prepares students for careers in non-governmental organizations, local and federal government agencies, private and public institutions, and businesses. 
  • Legal Specialist (LSPCC) : Students pursuing the MCC Legal Specialist Career Certificate gain a broad understanding of the legal profession by selecting from courses focused on business law, litigation, and immigration law. 

 

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Understand the role of a legal professional and paralegal and the knowledge and skills required of a paralegal.
  2. Utilize technology tools utilized in legal offices to conduct research and complete other tasks.
  3. Demonstrate ethical standards of the legal profession.
  4. Apply legal concepts to factual situations.
  5. Organize case files and other records.
  6. Draft legal documents.

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