Division of Academics
The mission of the NTCC Paralegal Program is to prepare students for employment or promotional opportunities in the paralegal field and/or for the pursuit of advanced degrees in the legal field by preparing students to analyze complex legal issues, solve problems, conduct legal research, prepare legal documents, and conduct the day-to-day business operations in a legal office.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the Paralegal Studies Program will be able to:
- Understand the role of a paralegal and demonstrate legal ethics within that role;
- Demonstrate competence in navigating through the federal, state, and administrative law court systems;
- Demonstrate competence and problem-solving skills in applying both substantive and procedural civil and criminal laws to the facts of a particular case;
- Conduct legal research and analyze statutes, regulations, and relevant case law;
- Analyze and assist in the preparation of basic legal documents including contracts, discovery requests/responses, and legal memorandum;
- Demonstrate competency in common computer programs/databases for the purpose of running the day-to-day operations of a legal office
Student achievement related to Program Learning Outcomes is assessed systematically and results are made available on the Program Review webpage.
- Lacombe Campus (Lacombe)
Certificate of Technical Studies in Paralegal Studies
The following criteria must be satisfied towards completion of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paralegal Studies:
|CRMJ 1110||Intro to Criminal Justice||3|
|CRMJ 1120||Introduction to Corrections||3|
|CRMJ 1220||Police Systems and Practices||3|
|CRMJ 1330||Introduction to Criminal Law||3|
|CRMJ 1420||Judicial Process||3|
|PARL 1000||Intro to Paralegal Studies||3|
|PARL 1200||Civil Procedure & Litigation||3|
|PARL 1300||Tort Law for Paralegals||3|
|PARL 1400||Family Law for Paralegals||3|
|PARL 1500||Business Law for Paralegals||3|
|PARL 2000||Legal Research and Writing||3|
|CSSK 1000||College Success||1|
|CPTR 1000||Introduction to Computers||2|
|CPTR 1002||Computer Lit. & Applications||3|
Additional Exit Points:
Associate of General Studies
The highest exit point in the Paralegal Studies program is the Associate of General Studies (AGS). The following criteria must be satisfied towards the completion of the Associate of General Studies (AGS):
|Certificate of General Studies||30|
General Education Core
General Education Electives
|Paralegal Studies Elective Courses*||30|
*It is recommended that students complete the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paralegal Studies towards the 30 credit hours needed for completion of the Associate of General Studies.
-or- Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Alternatively, rather than completing the Associate of General Studies, students may complete the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. The following criteria must be satisfied towards completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice:
|General Education Core||15|
|Technical Diploma in Criminal Justice||45|
* Full requirements for the completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice are provided within the Criminal Justice Program page.
Anticipated program length for the completion of the highest level exit point is 2 years.
Program requirements must be completed with a programmatic grade point average of 2.0 or higher and grade of "C" or higher in all applicable coursework.