The curriculum of the Paralegal program provides students with the practical skills, knowledge and values necessary to become effective members of a legal team. Most of the legal specialty courses are taught by attorneys and focus on knowledge and skills necessary in today's job market. Students learn the ethical rules and standards of practice and develop a framework for resolving ethical dilemmas while maintaining client confidentiality. An internship in a professional office also provides practical experience.
Paralegals may not practice law or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Northampton Community College Paralegal program's approval by the American Bar Association commenced in August of 2003 and will voluntarily end on January 1, 2023. This withdrawal does not affect the content, academic rigor or quality of the Paralegal program.
Transfer credit for up to nine (9) credits of legal specialty courses (PARL) must be evaluated by the program coordinator and be determined to meet paralegal educational industry standards. Transfer credit for prior learning, by examination, portfolio or work experience is not available for legal specialty courses. Please consult NCC's Policy for all other transfer credit.
Paralegals and legal assistants are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies. Paralegals are not lawyers and must work under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals may not practice law or provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Those who earn a degree in the program may be prepared for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, trust coordinator title searchers, settlement clerks, and litigation specialists.
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