2013-2014 Catalog 
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2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paralegal - Advanced Paralegal Certificate

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PGM Code – 586C

Program Description The Paralegal Program is an American Bar Association approved program designed to train students for careers as paralegals (legal assistants) in law firms, governmental agencies, public service organizations and corporate legal departments. Paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys to provide non-clerical professional support in the delivery of legal services to clients and the community. Paralegals are not licensed to practice law.

The Advanced Paralegal Certificate is designed to provide quality paralegal education to students who already have, or who will earn a Bachelor Degree while enrolled in this certificate program. These students will graduate with a certificate that recognizes that they also have achieved a Bachelor Degree. The course work for this certificate is equivalent to course work required for the ATA Paralegal Degree  and is not advanced training. This certificate offers a reduced legal elective credit requirement and is considered equivalent to the ATA Paralegal Degree . This program expressly meets the needs of that portion of the legal community that requires both a Bachelor’s Degree and a paralegal certificate.

Computer Skills and Traditional/On-Campus Course Requirement To graduate from the program, all students are required to obtain and demonstrate certain minimum computer skills and take 15 paralegal credits in traditional, on campus (face-to-face) courses. Students must have the Paralegal Program Computer Skills and Traditional/On-Campus Course(s) Verification Form signed by their adviser and submitted to the Enrollment Services prior to or at the time of applying for graduation. This form may also be submitted online via GATE.

Transfer of Credits A Bachelor’s Degree is required for graduation. Up to 10 paralegal credits can be transferred into this certificate program with faculty approval. Transfer of legal credits will be allowed only from other ABA-approved paralegal programs. Any paralegal course transfer approval must be in writing and signed by your Paralegal Program faculty adviser.

Common Course Numbering  Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements This Certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 35 credits and evidence of the completion of a Bachelor Degree. A minimum of 15 legal credits must be taken in traditional, on campus classroom instruction. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses and must have a minimum 2.0 grade in LEGAL 200, 205, 210 and LEGAL 240.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with an academic adviser.
  • Submit an “Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits” form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds Community College

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

The advisers for this program are
Anne Kastle | akastle@edcc.edu | 425.640.1688
Clark Silliman | csillima@edcc.edu | 425.640.1431

Department website
Paralegal | www.edcc.edu/legal

Gainful Employment
Gainful Employment information is available for this program.

Advising Note

This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Program Requirements for this degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate and apply legal knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform substantive legal work under the direction of an attorney.
  • Identify and apply the procedural rules and practical skills necessary to perform tasks, under the direction of an attorney, in preparation of judicial, administrative and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of print and electronic resources to research and update primary and secondary legal authority.
  • Apply effective writing, speaking and listening skills to work collaboratively with others involved in the delivery of legal services to the public.
  • Prepare legal correspondence, legal memoranda, transactional and operative documents, and litigation-related documents in appropriate format and tone to effectively communicate the necessary information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use computers and technology necessary to perform paralegal tasks.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of legal ethics, the Rules of Professional Conduct, the role of paralegals in the delivery of legal services to the public, and how social, economic, cultural and ethnic factors affect equal access to the justice system.

Program Electives (15 credits minimum)

 *A maximum of five (5) credits may be earned in each of these classes: LEGAL 291, 296, 297, and 299 with a total combined limit of 10 credits that can be earned in all of these courses cumulatively.

Program Electives Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the following Learning Outcomes from Program Elective courses:
  • Demonstrate a breadth or depth of knowledge and skill, according to the students’ independent selection of degree elective courses or according to the program’s specialized areas of focus.

Degree Requirement

Bachelor Degree

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Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

Eff: summer 2013  |  Rev: 03/13

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