This program is designed to prepare graduates to work as professional assistants under the supervision of attorneys, with training in civil procedure, legal research and writing, drafting of documents, interviewing techniques, litigation support, computer use in the law, and law office systems management. Students acquire additional knowledge of various substantive and procedural areas of law including, among others, contract law, real property transactions, business organizations, family law, bankruptcy or probate practice. Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, including a grade of C or better in all Paralegal courses, graduates are eligible to apply for the examination given by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. to be Certified Legal Assistants. Tulsa Community College is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.
UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW: The paralegal may be asked to accomplish a variety of duties as part of his or her job. However, paralegals are prohibited from offering legal advice and arguing cases in court; and Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law. Paralegals either work with attorneys who assume professional responsibility for the final work product or in areas where ‘lay’ individuals are explicitly authorized by statute or regulation to assume certain law-related responsibilities.
Admission to the Program
- Complete all admission requirements to Tulsa Community College.
- Complete all admission requirements to the Paralegal Program.
- Complete Paralegal Application. (Available in the Business and Information Technology Division Office, Metro Campus, MC 416)
- Completion of CSCI 1203, ENGL 1113 and 1213, COMM 1113, POLS 1113, and PLGL 1213 with a C or better.
Tulsa Community College will refuse program completion credit for legal specialty courses taken more than six years prior to completion of the program, unless student’s proficiency in the area can be demonstrated.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
TRANSFER OF LEGAL SPECIALITY COURSES
For questions about Admission to the Program and/or the Legal Specialty Course Transfer Policy please contact the Program Coordinator.