Paralegal Certificate

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You must have completed a two-year associate of arts degree or a four-year degree and have satisfied JCCC and American Bar Association general education requirements prior to admission. Students will have fulfilled these general education requirements if they have 18 hours of general education credit from at least 3 of the 4 following disciplines: humanities, social science, and natural science or mathematics.

The following courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 prior to application for admission to the paralegal program. A minimum of 18 hours of legal specialty courses must be taken at Johnson County Community College. Please contact Gwenda Hawk for more information.


JCCC, as an ABA approved paralegal program, requires its students to take at least ten semester credits through traditional classroom instruction.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all LAW courses.

Suggested Order of Courses

Students may take any number of courses each semester that will also allow them to fulfill their other personal and professional responsibilities.

(Major Code 489A; State CIP Code 22.0302)

Prerequisite Semester

LAW 120Introduction to Paralegal Studies3
LAW 121Introduction to Law3
Total Hours6

First Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)3
LAW 132Civil Litigation*3
LAW 134Introduction to Legal Technology*3
LAW 195Legal Research*3
Total Hours12

Second Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)3
LAW 201Advanced Legal Technology*3
LAW 205Legal Analysis and Writing*3
Total Hours9

Third Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)3
LAW 271Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation*3
Total Hours6

Paralegal Electives

LAW 142Tort Law*3
LAW 144Contract Law*3
LAW 148Criminal Litigation*3
LAW 152Real Estate Law*3
LAW 162Family Law*3
LAW 165Forensic Science and the Law3
LAW 226Immigration Law*3
LAW 245Elder Law and Estate Planning*3
LAW 247Intellectual Property Law*3
LAW 266Employment Law*3
LAW 269Bankruptcy Law*3
LAW 275Paralegal Internship I*1
LAW 276Paralegal Internship II*1
LAW 292Special Topics:*3

Total Program Hours: 33