Paralegal Studies

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Business
Year Established: 
Business and Computer Technology - (313) 845-9645 -

Henry Ford Community College’s Paralegal Studies program prepares students for a career in the legal profession and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). A Paralegal is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, or governmental agency to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Substantive work requires recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant facts and legal concepts. HFCC’s Paralegal Studies program prepares students to become successful Paralegals by providing a solid foundation of core legal knowledge and by teaching critical thinking skills as well as organizational, research, writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills. Upon completing the program, 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 Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

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 HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC 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,, 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

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
64 (Including Options/Electives)

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Business Degree. It should be noted that courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Business Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Business degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education when applicable.

Elective Courses

These courses are suggestions for 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.