Paralegal Studies

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Business

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.

The Paralegal Program at Henry Ford College is approved by the American Bar Association.

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: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes 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. All Associate in Business degrees require at least 15 credits total, including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete two of the following:

2. Communication: Complete both of the following:

3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 


No elective courses are required, but completing a co-op experience is of value to many employers.
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

The Paralegal Studies Program at Henry Ford College welcomes transfer students from institutions of higher education. There are no minimal transfer credit requirements. Students may transfer in a maximum of 40 semester credit hours in accordance with Henry Ford College’s policy. Of those, students may transfer in a maximum of 12 legal specialty semester credit hours, of which at least 4 must have been earned though traditional classroom instruction. The transfer credits from legal specialty courses must be approved by the Director of the Paralegal Studies Program to ensure that the credit is classified as legal specialty and meets the course objectives of the course for which credit is being awarded. Legal specialty course are defined by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals as a course that: (1) covers substantive law or legal procedures or process, (2) has been developed for paralegals, (3) emphasizes practical paralegal skills, and (4) meets the instructional requirements of ABA G-301.B. Additional requirements for approval of transfer legal specialty credits are:

  1. The transferring course must be from a program approved by the American Bar Association.
  2. The course must be considered college level.
  3. Only courses in which the student has received a grade of 2.0 (“C”) or higher may transfer.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the student’s previous college to HFC.

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


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

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Business and Computer Technology Division: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Rachelle Loomus: 313-317-4158,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

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