Paralegal Certificate (Career)

Program website

Program Manager: Dr. Tracy Parker
Phone: 301.624.2819

Program Description

Designed for individuals already working in the field as a paralegal who wish to acquire a college credential. Also provides specialized legal training to individuals who may already have a degree in another field or to individuals interested in pre-law.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply basic legal concepts and fundamental principles of law for varied legal tasks.
  • Recognize a legal dispute, gather facts, and perform legal analysis for varied legal matters.
  • Conduct client interviews and prepare witnesses and evidence for presentation at legal proceedings.
  • Perform legal research and utilize techniques of legal writing in the preparation of legal documents.
  • Demonstrate conduct consistent with the ethical obligations of the legal profession to avoid ethical violations.

Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements
ENGL 101English Composition 13
LGST 100Introduction to Law3
LGST 103Ethics for the Legal Professional3
LGST 104Contracts3
LGST 105Torts3
LGST 106Technology for the Legal Profession3
LGST 200Legal Research3
LGST 205Legal Writing3
LGST 220Civil Litigation3
Select one of the following:3
Access to Justice Practicum I
Estates and Probate
Real Estate
Family Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Evidence & Procedure
Business Law
Total Credits30

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in ENGL 101 English Composition.

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
ENGL 101 English Composition (Milestone) 3
LGST 100 Introduction to Law (Milestone) 3
LGST 103 Ethics for the Legal Professional 3
LGST 104 Contracts 3
LGST 105 Torts 3
Recommended Second Semester
LGST 106 Technology for the Legal Profession 3
LGST 200 Legal Research (Milestone) 3
LGST 205 Legal Writing (Milestone) 3
LGST 220 Civil Litigation 3
Select one of the following electives: 3
Access to Justice Practicum I  
Estates and Probate  
Real Estate  
Criminal Law  
Criminal Evidence & Procedure  
Business Law  
 Total Credits30

Pre-Law Option: Paralegal programs are one of many options for students interested in law school. The FCC Paralegal Program curriculum covers the same substantive and procedural content offered at law school. Legal analysis (critical thinking), writing, technology, ethics, and professionalism are infused into all legal specialty classes. The Program Manager, a full-time faculty member, serves as a pre-law advisor and assists students with the law school application process.

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.