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June 23, 2020 Kenneth Colangelo

Paralegal Studies

Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies

The market for paralegals, especially in Hartford County, is growing. Paralegals work directly with lawyers to perform tasks requiring knowledge of the law and legal procedures. Students will learn about several fields of law, including personal injury, torts, property, and trusts and estates. There is a focus on practical skills for paralegals, including legal research and writing, and document preparation for the supervising attorney.  Students who enroll in this program will learn the necessary skill set to be hired into a growing job market. Paralegal students will be positioned to gain entry into this growing field.

Students enrolling in the certificate program must either already possess an undergraduate degree, or be simultaneously enrolled in an Associates degree program at Tunxis.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all Paralegal certificate requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. draft and interpret legal documents, including pleadings, deeds, mortgages, probate documents, court forms, business documents, and contracts for review by the supervising attorney
  5. perform file and case management tasks in accordance with office policy and court procedures, using problem-solving, organizational and computer skills
  6. recognize opportunities for professional development through continuing education and affiliation with professional organizations

Contact: Angela Fierro