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Paralegal Studies Certificate Program

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Are you interested in a career in law? Do you enjoy reading, research, and writing? Then a career as a paralegal could be for you. Paralegals assist lawyers in a wide range of duties, including conducting research, writing drafts of legal documents, interviewing clients, and providing administrative support. If you enjoy a challenge, can work independently as well as part of a team, and have good attention to detail, you have the qualities essential for a successful career as a paralegal.

At NECC, the Certificate in Paralegal Studies combines a liberal arts foundation with a career concentration in the paralegal area. Applicants must have already earned at least 36 liberal arts college credits in a minimum of four disciplines. A total of 63 college credits must be earned, 27 of which must be taken at Northern Essex for completion of the certificate.

Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths. NECC’s Paralegal Studies Program will provide you with a credential for employment in a law office, corporate office, government agency, or other facility under the supervision of an attorney. 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.

This program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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