Paralegal Studies Proficiency Certificate

These courses, approved by the American Bar Association, are designed to qualify students for entry-level positions in the paralegal field. Students who have earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.), an Associate in Science (A.S.) or a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a regional member of the Commission of Higher Education can complete this program in a short amount of time. Community College of Philadelphia trains paralegals who must operate under the supervision of a licensed attorney and are prohibited from practicing law. Students with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree may also be eligible; see College Catalog for entrance requirements.

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Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants – est. salary $58,615
Title Examiners, Abstractors and Searchers – est. salary $46,651
Compliance Officers
– est. salary $83,508*

 **EMSI Data, 2022; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Paralegal Studies Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
PLS 101 - Intro to Paralegal Studies   3 credits
PLS 121 - Civil Litigation I PLS 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits
PLS 111 - Legal Research and Writing I PLS 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits
PLS 115 - Legal Technology PLS 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits
PLS 211 - Legal Research and Writing II  PLS 111 and ENGL 102 3 credits


Note: students must select four courses from the electives below:

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
PLS 215 - Electronic Discovery PLS 121 3 credits
PLS 221 - Civil Litigation II  PLS 101 and PLS 121 3 credits
PLS 231 - Family Law  PLS 111 and PLS 121 3 credits
PLS 241 - Tort Law  PLS 121 3 credits
PLS 251 - Real Estate Law for Paralegals  PLS 111 3 credits
PLS 255 - Business Organizations for Paralegals  PLS 111ENGL 101 3 credits
PLS 261 - Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration  PLS 111 3 credits
PLS 265 - Intellectual Property  PLS 111 3 credits
PLS 271 - Bankruptcy Law  PLS 121 3 credits
PLS 275 - Employment Law  PLS 111 3 credits
PLS 281 - Environmental Law  PLS 111 3 credits
PLS 285 - Immigration Law  PLS 101PLS 121 3 credits
PLS 295 - Legal Internship PLS 101PLS 111PLS 121, and a GPA of 2.5 or better 3 credits

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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