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Paralegal

Paralegal students learn to do legal research, prepare legal documents, and investigate cases. This program trains individuals in the skills necessary to give legal assistance to attorneys, government agencies, and others.

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Requirements
CoursesCredits
ENL101   English Composition I 3
LGS130   Introduction to Substantive Law 3
GIT102   Computer Keyboarding (or) 30WPM 1
LGS132   Law Office Management 1
GIT110   Computer Applications 3
LGS135   Civil Litigation 3
LGS133   Legal Research and Writing 3
LGS134   Real Estate, Mortgages and landlord-Tenant Law 3
    Paralegal Elective 3
    Paralegal Elective 3
    Paralegal Elective 3
Total Credits 28/29

The Paralegal Certificate program is designed for part-time study and takes approximately two years to complete. The professional courses are offered in the evenings.

Review the prerequisites prior to application. An application for the Internship must be submitted to the coordinator on or before the first day of registration for the semester in which the student wishes to register for the Internship.

Paralegal Electives
LGS131 Family Law
LGS136 Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Probate Procedures
LGS137 Contracts, Business Organizations, and Transactions 
LGS138 Criminal Law and Procedures
LGS238 Internship in Paralegal Studies

CoursesFall 2020Spring 2021Fall 2021Spring 2022
LGS130 Introduction to Substantive Law      
LGS131 Family Law      
LGS132 Law Office Management      
LGS133 Legal Research and Writing      
LGS134 Real Estate, Mortgages and Landlord-Tenant Law      
LGS135 Civil Litigation      
LGS136 Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate Procedures        
LGS137 Contracts, Business Organizations and Transactions        
LGS138 Criminal Law and Procedure      
LGS238 Internships Paralegal Studies    

 

Upon completion of the Paralegal Certificate, students are able to:

  • Read, write, recognize, research, analyze, and discuss legal issues, cases, laws, and rules
  • Recognize diversity issues in order to interact with others appropriately and research effectively
  • Use online database information, conventional libraries, and other relevant resources
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, clients, and others
  • Maintain composure; work well independently and under stress
  • Comprehend and communicate information and ideas, in writing and orally
  • Arrange things and actions based on specific patterns or rules
  • Apply general laws and rules to specific circumstances to provide clear answers
  • Analyze ethical issues and apply ethical standards in assignments for a variety of legal questions
  • Assume positions in law offices, municipal agencies, private industry and other workplaces
  • Provide agency or law office services within the ethical standards of the legal profession
  • Transfer to Associate's degree programs

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Adjunct Faculty

Chantal Hayes Rice
chayesrice@capecod.edu, 774.330.4361


Zara Kilmurray
zkilmurr@capecod.edu, 774.330.4361