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Paralegal Certificate

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 Anita Tebbe for more information at


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)

Prerequisites: Prior to admission

LAW 121Introduction to Law3
LAW 123Paralegal Professional Studies1
Total Hours4

First Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)7
LAW 134Introduction to Legal Technology*3
LAW 132Civil Litigation*3
Total Hours13

Second Semester

Paralegal Electives (see list below)4
LAW 201Advanced Legal Technology*3
LAW 195Legal Research3
Total Hours10

Third Semester

LAW 205Legal Analysis and Writing*3
LAW 271Legal Ethics, Interviewing and Investigation*3
Total Hours6

Paralegal Electives

LAW 140Alternative Dispute Resolution*3
LAW 142Torts*3
LAW 148Criminal Litigation3
LAW 152Real Estate Law3
LAW 162Family Law3
LAW 165Forensic Science and the Law3
LAW 171Law Office Management3
LAW 175Environmental Policy and Law3
LAW 212Business Organizations3
LAW 226Immigration Law3
LAW 241Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration3
LAW 245Elder Law3
LAW 247Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 266Employment Law3
LAW 269Bankruptcy Law3
LAW 270Administrative Law3
LAW 275Paralegal Internship I1
LAW 276Paralegal Internship II*1

Total Program Hours: 33