Paralegal Studies

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Business
Description: 

Offers students a solid foundation of core legal knowledge and essential skills necessary for a career in the legal profession. A paralegal is employed by a law office, business, or government agency, and performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Graduates may enter the workforce as a paralegal or continue their education by transferring to a four-year baccalaureate-degree institution. Paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals are not lawyers and are not permitted to provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of substantive law in one or more areas of practice
  • Prepare legal documents using proper legal reasoning and analysis of issues, facts and law
  • Use critical thinking skills and legal research skills to solve legal problems and make well-reasoned legal and ethical decisions
  • Articulate the structure of the legal system and the paralegal’s duties and responsibilities for the delivery of legal services within that system
  • Critically analyze and resolve legal problems and communicate these results in a clear and effective manner, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate the computer, time management, organizational and communication skills necessary to work professionally and efficiently in a legal environment

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

Complete 15 credits from:

  1. American Society, Events, Institutions and Cultures Outcome: The following course is required in this program and satisfies this General Education Outcome for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses:

  2. Computer Literacy Outcome: The following course is required in this program and satisfies this General Education Outcome for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses:

  3. Critical Thinking Outcome: Complete at least one non-activity based course numbered 100 or higher

  4. Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcome: The following courses are required in this program and satisfies this General Education Outcome for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
0.0
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
64.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Accreditation: 

The Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Year Established: 
2009
Program Code: 
PARALEGAL.AB
Division: 
Business
Department: 
Paralegal

Contact

Business and Computer Technology Division • (313) 845-9804 • business@hfcc.edu • Technology Bldg • Room: E-211
Rachelle Loomus • (313) 317-4158 • rsloomus@hfcc.edu • Liberal Arts • Room: L-331

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Chancellor University
  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Madonna University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Walsh College