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Paralegal Studies

Approved by the American Bar Association

The paralegal studies program at Union County College is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of paralegal job opportunities. A paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. The utilization of paralegals improves the efficiency, economy and availability of legal services.

Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The Certificate of Achievement Program Option will prepare students who have already earned a college degree to enter the paralegal work force with the requisite skills.

The specific objectives of this program are that the student will be able to:

  •     Examine the roles played by paralegals in the American legal system, particularly the ethical regulations concerning the practice of law;
  •     Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  •     Effectively communicate with others in a diverse society, maintaining a professional manner and client confidence;
  •     Conduct legal research and other fact-gathering activities including client interviews and investigations using current and emerging technologies;
  •     Demonstrate the ability to write clearly and accurately according to the standards of the legal profession;
  •     Recognize the similarities and differences among the general areas of law;
  •     Discuss the basic tenets of the diverse subjects of law, define the legal terms related to these areas, and prepare the documents related to these specialties;
  •     Analyze and evaluate the relevant legal issues presented in various fact patterns;
  •     Prepare various documents in preparation for litigation and post-trial practice;
  •     Incorporate computer technology in law office management and data compilation systems.


This certificate program is only open to students who have completed an Associate or Bachelor degree (any major) that includes at least 18 credits of general education courses.

LGL 101 - Intro to Paralegal Studies
LGL 110 - Legal Research
LGL 111 - Legal Writing
LGL 220 - Litigation I
12 Credits

LGL 120 - Contract Law
LGL 140 - Property Law
LGL 221 - Litigation II
LGL 215 - Law Office Management
LGL Elective
15 Credits
Total credits - 27

LGL 230 - Family Law
LGL 231 - Criminal Law
LGL 235 - Wills, Trusts, and Estates
LGL 250 - Bankruptcy Law
LGL 260 - Employment Law
LGL 270 - Immigration Law
LGL 290 - Paralegal Internship

Transfer Policy: Prospective students may transfer no more than 9 credits of legal specialty courses into the Certificate of
Achievement Program, and only with the approval of the Program Director.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator
Elizabeth A. Joyce at joyce@ucc.edu or 908-709-7171.

Search for courses in the online course catalog.

Program Information

Type of Program:Certificate of Achievement

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