Paralegal Studies (A.T.C.)

Advanced Technical Certificate

Paralegal ATC

Legal research and writing, litigation, criminal law and technology in law

Do you want to know how to become a paralegal? The Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.) is exclusively for the student who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and is now seeking a career change or certification. The paralegal classes identified in this paralegal certification meet the educational requirements for the Certified Paralegal (CP) examination administered nationwide by National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). The A.T.C. in Paralegal Studies program at FSCJ has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) since the program’s creation in Fall 2015. 

Employment opportunities may include private law firms, courthouses, governmental or administrative agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and other legal environments with titles such as legal assistant, legal clerk, law clerk and paralegals. The program may provide a solid foundation for those considering law school in the future as well.

This program cannot be completed entirely online.  Due to American Bar Association (ABA) requirements, students must complete a minimum number of credit hours through traditional classroom instruction. Transfer of legal specialty courses from other institutions may be limited by the program's ABA approval.

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Program Code: 4104

22 Credits

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Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is not available.



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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

All courses in this technical certificate are also included in the Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting) A.S. degree. You have the option of applying all of the coursework completed in this program toward an associate’s degree.

Career Opportunities

The American Bar Association (ABA) defines a paralegal/legal assistant as “a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.”

This A.S. degree program supports ethical guidelines against the unauthorized practice of law by non-attorneys.Paralegals and legal assistants are not permitted by law to give legal advice, represent clients in court or set legal fees. Doing so is considered the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) and can result in civil and criminal liability. 

Employment opportunities may include private law firms, courthouses, governmental or administrative agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and other legal environments.

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