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Courses & Requirements

The associate in science degree option in Paralegal Studies combines a liberal arts foundation with a career concentration in the paralegal area. Students have an opportunity to explore the field of law and to gain knowledge and develop essential skills to perform a wide range of supportive legal functions. The associate degree program in Paralegal Studies is split into two options: Transfer Option and Career Option. The Transfer Option is designed for students wishing to transfer to another institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This option is designed to maximize the transferability of credits to a four-year institution. 62/63 credit hours are required for graduation.

While paralegals assist attorneys with a wide range of tasks, paralegals must not set fees, give legal opinions or advice, or represent a client before a court or agency.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

ABA Approval:

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Additional Admissions Criteria:

Additional admissions criteria for this program is available in the Paralegal Criteria Packet or from Enrollment Services.

Requirements:
Courses Credits Comments
ENG101
English Composition I
3  
ENG102
English Composition II
3 Prerequisite
GOV110
Introduction to American Law
3 Recommended as one of the first 5-6
courses
GOV211
Civil Rights and Liberties
3 Prerequisite
PAR100
Introduction to Paralegalism
3 Recommended as one of the first 5-6
courses
PAR101
Legal Research and Writing I
3 Prerequisite
PAR102
Legal Research and Writing II
3 Prerequisite
PAR202
Litigation
3 Prerequisite
PHI121
Practical Logic
3  
Electives:
Courses Credits Comments
Paralegal Electives 12 Prerequisite; PAR201
or higher (excluding PAR202
or PAR291)
Behavioral Science Elective 3  
Computer Elective 3 CIS110
or higher
Math Elective 3/4 MAT120or higher
Science Electives 8 Must be lab sciences
Literature Elective 3  
Humanities Elective 3 Not ART,
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Paralegal Electives:

PAR201 Real Estate Law, PAR203 Wills, Estates and Trusts, PAR204 Corporate Law, PAR205 Family Law, PAR206 Tort Law, PAR207 Computer Applications in Law, PAR208 Contract Law, and any other special topics paralegal elective courses designed for Paralegal Program students that may be proposed in the future. All PAR courses are taught by experienced attorneys. Students must obtain a minimum grade of C in all PAR courses to meet Paralegal Program graduation requirements. Credit for law specialty courses taken more than 6 years prior to completion of the Paralegal Studies program will not be awarded, unless the student’s proficiency in the area can be demonstrated. Students interested in transferring credits taken at Northern Essex to a bachelor’s degree, should consult the institution receiving the credits.