Paralegal Degrees, Certificates, Classes and Transfer Policy

The CCA Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and awards the following degrees and certificate.

Associate of Applied Science Degree -- Paralegal (A.A.S.)

  • This path fits students who only want to get a two-year or "terminal" degree and have no further designs on obtaining a bachelor's degree. The course requirements include 30 hours of general education courses in Math or Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences, etc., along with 30 hours of Paralegal courses.

Associate of Applied Science -- Management with Paralegal Emphasis (A.A.S.)

  • Those interested in having their general studies classes predominantly business-oriented should choose this option. Business curriculum that would complement the 30-hour Paralegal course requirements would include such classes as Microeconomics, Accounting, Macroeconomics, Management, Legal Environment Business, and Human Resources Management.

Paralegal Certificate

  • Students who already have earned a bachelor's, associate's or an advanced degree can take 30 hours of Paralegal courses and get certification from an ABA-approved program, which can aid a job search, possibly influence promotion within the field, or if changing fields, provide an opportunity for better employment.

Please Note:  Students, who have already completed a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Associates of Arts (A.A.) degree, only need to complete 30 semester hours to receive the Paralegal Certificate.

Paralegal Classes
Below is a listing of the Paralegal courses that are offered at the Community College of Aurora. 
Please Note: Not all courses are offered each semester. Please refer to the semester schedules for courses offered for the current semester.

PARALEGAL PROGRAM POLICY

 TRANSFER CREDIT

If you have completed coursework at other colleges, it may meet some of the requirements for graduation from the Paralegal Program.  To arrange for an evaluation, have any official transcripts mailed directly to the Transcript Evaluator at CCA. The Transcript Evaluator will consult with the Program Coordinator. Your transfer credit will be evaluated course by course based upon your declared degree or certificate. 

You will be notified about the decision on transfer of credit.

It is your responsibility to provide all required documents. Documents become the property of the College and will not be released to you or transferred to other institutions.

The Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is regulated by the Colorado State Department of Higher Education. The following policies are designed to meet their requirements and to maintain the quality and integrity of the Paralegal Program.


Transfer of Paralegal Course Credits

            From ABA-Approved Institutions

Students may transfer up to fifteen credit hours of paralegal coursework completed at ABA-approved, accredited postsecondary institutions.

1.         To receive credit for designated legal specialty courses, the courses must be directly equivalent at 80% or more of the course content of the legal specialty courses offered at CCA.

2.         Equivalency for any course considered for transfer from an ABA-approved program will be determined by the Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty who teach the legal specialty course in question. Students may be required to submit a copy of the course syllabus, examples of completed coursework, etc., in order to prove course content equivalency. In some instances, a student may be required to complete a course examination or course portfolio as part of the transfer approval process.


From Non-ABA-Approved Institutions

Students may transfer up to nine credit hours of paralegal coursework completed at non-ABA-approved, accredited postsecondary institutions.

1.         To receive credit for designated legal specialty courses, the courses must be directly equivalent to 80% or more of the course content of the legal specialty courses offered at CCA.

2.         Equivalency for any course considered for transfer from a non-ABA-approved program will be determined by the Program Coordinator in consultation with faculty who teach the legal specialty course in question. Students may be required to submit a copy of the course syllabus, examples of completed coursework, etc., in order to prove course content equivalency. In some instances, a student may be required to complete a course examination or course portfolio as part of the transfer approval process.


General Transfer Policies

1.         Credit for a course not designated as a legal specialty course may be substituted for a paralegal elective course.

2.         To be approved for transfer, any paralegal course (whether designated legal specialty or not) must contain at least the same number of credit hours/contact hours as the course the student is requesting to substitute by the transferred course.

3.         Paralegal courses that were completed more than five years prior to the student’s first CCA paralegal course will not be accepted for transfer credit.

4.         Should any paralegal course be denied transfer, the student will be advised of the reason for the denial.


General Policy

Students must take at least fifteen hours of paralegal coursework in the classroom at CCA in order to matriculate with a CCA Paralegal Certificate. If you are transferring credits from another institution, it is your obligation to prove the format of the delivery of the credits.


ONLINE CLASSES

CCA has received approval from the ABA to offer some classes online. These classes must be taken from CCA or another ABA-approved institution. Online courses from institutions that are not ABA-approved will likely be rejected for transfer. Students who want to transfer paralegal courses in from another institution must provide proof of the delivery method for each course. While you are in the Program, consult with the Program Coordinator before taking an online class from another institution.

You must take at least 10 semester credit hours of your required Legal Specialty courses through traditional classroom instruction.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Paralegal AAS

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AAS degree in Paralegal from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate accurate and strong written communication skills in the preparation of memorandum and legal documents.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and collaboration skills in a job setting.
  • Identify and explain ethical obligations in their profession.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Management with Paralegal Emphasis AAS

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains an AAS degree in Management with Paralegal Emphasis from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate accurate and strong written communication skills in the preparation of memorandum and legal documents.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and collaboration skills in a job setting.
  • Identify and explain ethical obligations in their profession.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) - Paralegal Certificate

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains a Paralegal certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate accurate and strong written communication skills in the preparation of memorandum and legal documents.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and collaboration skills in a job setting.
  • Identify and explain ethical obligations in their profession.
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