Paralegal

Career

Provides students with specialized legal training to enable them to: understand ethical obligations and professionalism; gather and analyze facts relevant to legal disputes; perform legal research; draft legal documents; prepare witnesses and evidence for presentation at legal proceedings. The paralegal may not practice law and so must work under the direction of an attorney who is licensed to practice. 

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Tracy Parker, J.D.
Paralegal
Program Manager
301.624.2819
 

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301.846.2507
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Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 101–General Psychology 3
HS 102–Human Relations ‡ 3
CJ 110–Criminal Law 3
Arts & Humanities  
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
PE/Health  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) or PE Elective and one additional General Education Elective 3/4
Other Requirements  
LA 100–Introduction to Law 3
LA 103–Ethics for the Legal Professional 3
LA 104–Contracts 3
LA 105–Torts 3
LA 106–Law & Technology 3
LA 110–Legal Research 3
LA 120–Legal Writing & Documents 3
LA 210–Estates & Probate 3
LA 220–Evidence & Procedure (Civil) 3
LA 230–Law of the Real Estate Business 3
LA 240–Family Law 3
INTR 103–Internship 3
Total 60/63
 

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. HS 102 fulfills this requirement.
For individuals already in this field of employment who wish to increase their opportunities by acquiring college credentials. In addition, individuals who already have a degree in another field may be able to improve employment opportunities.

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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
HS 102–Human Relations 3
LA 100–Introduction to Law 3
LA 103–Ethics for the Legal Professional 3
LA 104–Contracts 3
LA 105–Torts 3
LA 106–Law & Technology 3
LA 110–Legal Research 3
LA 120–Legal Writing & Documents 3
LA 220–Evidence & Procedure (Civil) 3
Select at least three (3) credits from the following courses:  
LA 210–Estates & Probate (3)  
LA 230–Law of the Real Estate Business (3)  
LA 240–Family Law (3)  
CJ 110–Criminal Law (3)  
BU 211–Business Law I (3)  
INTR 103–Internship (3) 3
Total 33
A paralegal may not practice law but works under the direction of a licensed attorney, performing similar duties, with the exception of dispensing legal advice.

Depending on the particular area of law, a paralegal’s responsibilities may include:
  • investigating and gathering facts,
  • performing book-based and computerized legal research,
  • preparing a variety of legal documents,
  • utilizing manual or computerized timekeeping and docketing systems,
  • conducting client interviews,
  • preparing witnesses and evidence for presentation at legal proceedings, and
  • representing clients at administrative hearings.

Paralegals need:
  • excellent oral and written communication skills,
  • technical knowledge and computer application skills,
  • organization and time management skills, and
  • the ability to prioritize, work under pressure and meet deadlines.

FCC’s Paralegal program is nationally recognized by the American Association for Paralegal Education (www.aafpe.org) and offers a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi, the Paralegal Honor Society. Students are invited to join the Paralegal Student Association, a peer group which helps foster relationships between students and the legal community while encouraging students in their studies and career aspirations.
Students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies will be able to:
  1. Apply basic legal concepts and fundamental principles of law for varied legal tasks.
  2. Recognize a legal dispute, gather facts, and perform legal analysis for varied legal matters.
  3. Conduct client interviews and prepare witnesses and evidence for presentation at legal proceedings.
  4. Perform legal research and utilize techniques of legal writing in the preparation of legal documents.
  5. Demonstrate conduct consistent with the ethical obligations of the legal profession to avoid ethical violations.
For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies, FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements with:
  • University of Maryland University College – B.S. Legal Studies.