Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Paralegal, AS (PARL-AS)

Location(s): Housatonic, Manchester, Naugatuck Valley, Norwalk, Tunxis

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. Paralegals may not give legal advice or engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

The paralegal curriculum prepares qualified individuals to carry out, in a professional manner, many of the complex tasks involved in rendering skilled assistance to lawyers, including in banks, insurance companies, private law firms, corporate offices, and public and agencies. Paralegals may be asked to conduct research and prepare memoranda; to draft pleadings and motions, deeds or contracts; to interview clients or witnesses; to prepare responses to discovery requests; or to digest depositions. Paralegals may prepare inventories, accounts and tax returns in connection with estates and trusts; perform real estate title searches and UCC searches; calendar and track important deadlines; or organize and maintain client files.

The Paralegal Program offers a new career opportunity in a rapidly expanding field for people who have had no previous experience with legal work. For people already employed in legal work, the program will deepen their knowledge and upgrade their skills. Professional ethics and the paralegal’s role within the legal profession are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all Paralegal degree program requirements, graduates will

  • Recognize and describe the proper role of the paralegal in the delivery of legal services to the public and apply the ethical rules that govern the conduct of the legal profession.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills, conduct factual and legal research using print and computerized methods, and organize and present information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Describe the organization of the American legal system, apply procedural law to litigation and administrative agency law, and demonstrate substantive knowledge of principles of law.
  • Draft and interpret legal documents, including pleadings, deeds, mortgages, probate documents, court forms, business documents, and contracts for review by the supervising attorney.
  • Perform file and case management tasks in accordance with office policy and court procedures, using problem-solving, organizational and computer skills.
  • Recognize opportunities for professional development through continuing education and affiliation with professional organizations.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

The Manchester Community College Paralegal Degree Program is currently approved by the American Bar Association and has been since 1984. Effective July 1, 2023, Manchester Community College will become a campus of CT State Community College and the Paralegal Degree Program will be offered at Manchester as well as at the additional locations of Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley, Norwalk, and Tunxis.

Total Credits: 60-62