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Paralegal

Step into a career in the legal world with a Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate from Arapahoe Community College.

Scales of Justice

The objective of this program is to instruct students through a challenging curriculum and with an accomplished faculty. Our ABA approved program strives to instruct the conceptual, practical, and technological skills current in today’s legal community, so that our graduates have the tools to succeed and advance in the legal profession. Our goal is to mentor and coach our students not only to excel professionally but to lead by example through competency, professionalism, and high ethical standards. You will have access to resources to support your success, including a law library, accomplished faculty, guest speakers, industry events, networking opportunities, and notary training.

If you are new to the field, then the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is the option for you, to give a well-round education on the profession. Our faculty have been federal and state judges, so you will learn from the best! The Paralegal Program at ACC has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1977.

Richard Corbetta
Program Chair / Faculty
Paralegal
richard.corbetta [at] arapahoa.edu
Celeste Carpenter
Program Coordinator
Paralegal
celeste.carpenter [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

The objective of the ABA approved Paralegal Program at ACC is to train students to become ethic-minded paralegals and legal professionals in order to allow them to assist in effectively delivering legal services. While paralegals may not practice law in the State of Colorado, they work under the supervision of attorneys in law firms, government agencies, and various business settings.

Getting your Paralegal Associate of Applied Science degree will develop your skills and knowledge of the legal profession. When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Employ critical thinking and analysis skills to legal situations
  • Show basic legal knowledge by locating and analyzing laws and legal processes
  • Develop written research assignments that focus on communicating legal research and outcomes
  • Apply many of the technology skills and software used in today's legal setting
  • Display entry-level career preparedness in a real world job setting
  • Display knowledge of professional ethics

CIP 220302 (LGA2)

Paralegals (Legal Assistants) play an important role in assisting attorneys to provide affordable legal services.

ACC's American Bar Association – approved Paralegal Program provides a solid foundation of knowledge and practical experience to prepare students for this profession. While paralegals may not practice law, they work under the supervision of attorneys in private law firms or businesses, as well as in many government agencies. Tasks performed by paralegals include interviewing, investigation, research, preparing legal forms, assisting attorneys in court and other activities.

Please contact the Paralegal Department Chair or Coordinator if you have questions about the academic requirements.

ABA Approval

The Paralegal Program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1977. The approval process ensures that the program complies with the high academic standards of the American Bar Association. For questions about the approval process, the American Bar Association may be reached at 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-988-5000.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Completion of all general education courses is required before students are allowed to register for paralegal (PAR) courses.
  • Students must contact the Program Chair, full-time Faculty member or Program Coordinator for advising and program planning prior to enrolling in any PAR courses. Once this is accomplished students may enroll in PAR classes; enrollment in classes will not be permitted without such Program approval.
  • Program approval is required in order to transfer in credit for paralegal classes (PAR) from other institutions; courses may be transferred to the program ONLY if they were taken from an ABA-approved program at a regionally accredited institution, and out-of-state courses may only be transferred in if the law content is not state-specific. A maximum of (nine) semester credit hours of paralegal courses (PAR) may be transferred in to ACC and such courses must be approved by the Paralegal Department Chair.
  • The Paralegal Department expects all students in the paralegal program to abide by the code of ethics promulgated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). The code of ethics may be viewed at www.americanbar.org and www.nala.org

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (24 credit hours)
Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Courses

Students must select additional general education classes from the Guaranteed Transfer (GT) courses as follows:

  • GT Arts and Humanities 3 Credits
  • GT Mathematics (MAT 120, MAT 121, MAT 122, MAT 135, MAT 201, MAT 202, or MAT 203) 3 Credits
  • GT Physical Life Sciences 3 Credits
  • GT Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
  • GT Any additional GT courses 3 Credits
Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 220302 (LGA2)

Paralegals (Legal Assistants) play an important role in assisting attorneys to provide affordable legal services.

ACC's American Bar Association – approved Paralegal Program provides a solid foundation of knowledge and practical experience to prepare students for this profession. While paralegals may not practice law, they work under the supervision of attorneys in private law firms or businesses, as well as in many government agencies. Tasks performed by paralegals include interviewing, investigation, research, preparing legal forms, assisting attorneys in court and other activities.

Please contact the Paralegal Department Chair or Coordinator if you have questions about the academic requirements.

ABA approval

The Paralegal Program has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1977. The approval process ensures that the program complies with the high academic standards of the American Bar Association. If you have questions about the approval process, the American Bar Association may be reached at 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-988-5000.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Admission requires one of the following:
    • College Degree (Baccalaureate degree, Associate of Science degree, Associate of General Studies degree, Associate of Arts degree) from a regionally accredited college or university
    • An official transcript must be on file in Admissions and Records prior to enrolling in paralegal classes.
  • Students must contact the Program Chair, full-time Faculty member or Program Coordinator for advising and program planning prior to enrolling in any PAR courses. Once the advising process is completed students may enroll in PAR classes; enrollment in classes will not be permitted without such Program approval.
  • Program approval is required in order to transfer in credit for paralegal classes (PAR) from other institutions; courses may be transferred to the program ONLY if they were taken from an ABA-approved program at a regionally accredited institution, and out-of-state courses may only be transferred in if the law content is not state-specific. A maximum of (nine) semester credit hours of paralegal courses may be transferred to ACC and such courses must be approved by the Paralegal Department Chair
  • The Paralegal Department expects all students In the paralegal program to abide by the code of ethics promulgated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) . The code of ethics may be viewed at www.americanbar.org and www.nala.org

Program Requirements

Total: 36 credit hours

The program endeavors to achieve its goals by:

  • Instructing students in the practical aspects of substantive areas of law and teaching them the skills applicable to the workplace requirements of a paralegal;
  • Maintaining a high academic standard for paralegal students by providing thorough and effective instruction by experienced legal professionals;
  • Determining the roles and functions of paralegals in the community, emphasizing ethical conduct and the effective delivery of legal services within the community;
  • Evaluating the needs of employers for properly trained paralegals by maintaining contact with the legal community and introducing new skills and methods as used in the workplace;
  • Introducing students to the technology and software programs that are required in today’s practice of law;
  • Teaching students in the conceptual and practical skills current to today's legal community.

ABA approval

The Paralegal Program at Arapahoe Community College has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1977. This approval ensures that the program complies with the high academic standards of the ABA for a legal career training program.  If you have any questions about the approval process, the American Bar Association may be reached at www.americanbar.org or at 321 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610.

Affiliations:

Member, American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE)
Member, National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
Member, National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
Member, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA)

The ACC Paralegal Program Advisory Committee is a representative group of professionals whose experience and knowledge represent a cross section of the educational and legal services industries. The primary purpose of the advisory committee is to assist the Paralegal Department at ACC in establishing, operating, and evaluating the program and how it serves the needs of students, the legal industry, and the local legal community by informing about changes and trends in the legal field, advising on the job market and developing career opportunities for paralegal students, generating community cooperation and interest, reviewing the program’s effectiveness in terms of its curriculum and objectives, and informing the program of the needs of the legal community.

Job Openings

Paralegals and legal assistants are in high demand. With the skills you learn in ACC's Paralegal program, you could get a job as a(n):

Meet our Paralegal Program Team

Richard
Corbetta
Program Chair / Faculty
Celeste
Carpenter
Program Coordinator
Janet
Williams
Faculty