Program of Study: Paralegal Studies
Academic Division: Business Division
About the Program
In February 2009, the Paralegal Studies Program at CLC was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), making it Lake County's only ABA-approved paralegal program.
There are two options to choose from in the paralegal field:
Paralegal Studies Associate in Applied Science (Plan 22PA)
The A.A.S. is a two year Associate in Applied Science degree that is specifically tailored for those paralegal students who have not yet earned a college degree. The courses required include paralegal specialty courses as well as general education courses that will enhance this career.
Take one or two courses per semester, and complete the associate degree in approximately 10 semesters. Attend full time, and complete it in four semesters.
Paralegal Studies Certificate (Plan 22PB)
The certificate is available to those students who have already completed a college degree. It consists entirely of paralegal specialty courses including legal research and writing, litigation and electives in specific areas such as family law, real estate, probate, corporations, intellectual property and torts.
Take one or two courses per semester, and complete the certificate in four or five semesters. Attend full time, and complete the certificate in three semesters.
The PLS certificate (22PB) will change from 21 credits to 30 credits effective Fall 2013. Only new students who enroll in classes at CLC for the first time in the 2013-2014 academic year are required to follow the 2013-2014 catalog (or may choose later versions). Students who began taking courses at CLC (even if they were not PLS courses) prior to the 2013-2014 academic year, have the option of following the catalog requirements of the academic year in which they began, or any later version, EXCEPT where there has been gap of 6 consecutive terms or more in between the student’s enrollment; then current catalog requirements will apply.
The Paralegal Studies Department at CLC offers legal specialty courses in the most marketable areas such as: Litigation, Real Property Law, Corporate and Securities Law, Intellectual Property Law, Bankruptcy Law, Family Law, Probate Law, Immigration Law, and Healthcare Law.
Choose the right elective courses for your career goals. View our Recommended Elective Course Concentrations for a list of elective courses recommended by local attorneys and paralegals for careers specific paralegal employment settings.
Attend an Information Session
- Learn more about the Paralegal profession and job outlook
- Find out about our ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree
- Get to know the faculty who will be teaching the courses
- Meet other students interested in becoming paralegals
Career Program Degree and Certificate
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree
- Paralegal Studies A.A.S. (Plan 22PA)
- Paralegal Studies Certificate (Plan 22PB)
Course Scheduling Guide
|The following courses are scheduled to be offered:|
|Fall & Spring Only|
- no Summer
|Fall & |
PLS 234 Even numbered years only
(*)Spring will be face-to-face, Summer will be online.
* It is recommended (although not required) that students complete PLS 112 prior to enrolling in other PLS electives.
** PLS 111 has been re-named PLS 211 effective Fall 2011.
*** This information is accurate, but subject to change. Rev: Aug 2013
If you would like to speak with one of the faculty advisors for the paralegal studies program, please check their contact information.
Articulation Agreements for Transfer
We currently have articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions:
California University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. in Jurisprudence
- B.P.S. in Criminal Justice
- B.P.S. in Paralegal Studies
- B.L.S. in Political Science
- B. P.S. in Professional Administration
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
- Capstone Option/TRM - Bachelor's degree
For more details, visit the Transfer Information: Articulation Agreements webpage.