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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Paralegal ATC

Paralegal ATC (4570)

Type of Award
ATC - Advanced Technical Certificate

Program Website

Program Description

The Paralegal Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and are seeking further education in the field of paralegal studies. This program certificate renders the student eligible to obtain professional certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) through the Certified Paralegal (CP) examination.

Course content includes legal concepts, legal writing and research, court systems, and business law. Course work prepares the student for employment as a paralegal in law-related occupations, including public and private law practice and/or corporate or government law-related activities.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
Have a bachelor's degree;
Complete an Application for Admission, located at

Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses and earn 24 credits as listed in the catalog for this program.

To comply with American Bar Association guidelines, all transfer students seeking the Paralegal AS or ATC certificate must complete a minimum of ten (10) credits of legal specialty courses in a traditional, on-ground course format at Palm Beach State College

Program Length
The program can be finished in one year if you attend full-time.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens campuses.

For More Information
Dr. Cary High,, (561) 207-5150
Paralegal Studies Academic Advisor (561) 207-5340



To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Required Courses Credits: 21
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
PLA1003 Introduction to Paralegalism 3
PLA2229 Court System: Procedures and Pleadings II 3
PLA1104 Legal Writing and Research 1 3
PLA2114 Legal Writing and Research II 3
PLA2209 Court System: Procedures and Pleadings I 3
BUL2241 Business Law 1 3
BUL2242 Business Law 2 3
  Elective: Credits: 3
  Any course with PLA prefix not otherwise used for program completion 3
Total Program Credits: 24

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Employment Opportunities
This certificate will qualify a student to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants national exam to become a Certified Paralegal (CP). Upon qualifying, all Paralegal students are encouraged to take this exam.

Career Path Notes

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