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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Legal Professional Certificate of Achievement (LPRCE)

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Award: Certificate of Achievement
Pathway to Associate in Applied Science Degree: Legal Studies - Paralegal (LSPAR)
Academic Focus Area: Community & Human Services


This certificate of achievement prepares students 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 Legal Professional Certificate of Achievement (LPRCE) 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 Laws Specialist (ILSCC)
  • Legal Specialist (LSPCC)

This certificate is not an ABA-approved option and does not prepare students to work as paralegals. This certificate is a credential that provides students the opportunity to path forward toward completion of the Legal Studies - Paralegal associate degree (LSPAR) if they wish to work as paralegals.


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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Option Requirements - 27.0 credits

To fulfill elective requirements, students pursuing this certificate of achievement focus on an area of concentration by selecting from 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 (ILSCC) :  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. 


General Education Course Recommendations for this Program:

  • Communication: ENGL 1010
  • Quantitative/Numeracy: FINA 1000
  • Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness: PHIL 1100


Certificate of Achievement General Education Requirements - 13.5 credits

The following are General Education requirements for a Certificate of Achievement. Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one degree requirement.


1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1 Level I course from the list of Communication General Education courses in the current course catalog.


1 Course     4.5 - 5.0 credit hrs. 

Please check your degree program for recommended Math course.

Select 1 college level math course from the list of General Education math courses in the current course catalog.

*Based on the Math course you select, pre-requisites may be required.

Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness

1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1course from the list of Humanities or Social Sciences General Education course options in the current course catalog. 




Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the role of a legal professional and the knowledge and skills required of a legal professional.
  2. Evaluate and apply ethical standards of the legal profession.
  3. Apply quantitative and analytical proficiency needed in a legal environment.
  4. Utilize technology tools used in legal offices to conduct research and complete other tasks.
  5. Organize case files and other records.
  6. Apply legal concepts to factual situations.
  7. Draft legal documents.
  8. Evaluate and apply writing proficiency and competency in oral communication.

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