Q: Do you have a certificate program?
A: The Burlington County College Paralegal Program offers an Associate of Applied Science, the College does not offer a certificate.
Q: I already have a Bachelor's or Graduate degree. How many classes do I need to take to complete the program?
A: This can vary from student to student. A student that already has a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree should work closely with the Paralegal Program Coordinator to determine which credits can be transferred to Burlington County College. Typically, most (if not all) of the general education requirements can be transferred from another educational institution. If all of the general education requirements are satisfied by way of transferring credits, 13 classes (or approximately 39 credits) would be required to complete the program.
Q: What does ABA approved mean?
A: The American Bar Association (ABA) sets the standards for paralegal education. Approval by the ABA means that a program has met or exceeded the minimum standards set forth by the Association regarding a variety of areas such as: curriculum, faculty, the library and its resources, student services, advisory committee support and job placement, among many other factors considered.
Q: What elective should I take?
A: Students should select one of the proposed program elective class choices listed below:
ACC 112: Principle Financial Accounting I with Spreadsheets*
BUA 208: Labor Management Relations
CIS 207: Introduction to Computer Forensics**
CRJ 111: Criminal Law
CRJ 203: Legal Rights of the Convicted
CRJ 217: Juvenile Delinquency
ETC 105: Entertainment Law
HIT 103: Legal Aspects of Health Information
POL 215: Constitutional Law
*ACC 112 is recommended for students who wish to transfer to Peirce College
**Required CIS 101 will fulfill prerequisite for this class
Q: When can I start my internship?
A: Students typically find the internship opportunity most rewarding if they reserve LEX 235 for the last semester of course work. Students can do their internship as early as the third semester into the program, but the following classes must be completed prior to starting the internship:
LEX 112 Legal Writing
LEX 212 Civil Litigation Practice
Q: How do I find an internship?
A: The Paralegal Program Coordinator will assist the student, along with Career Services, in finding a placement that is a right match for the student.
If a student should find an internship on their own, they should work closely with the Program Coordinator to ensure that their placement meets program standards.
Q: What are employment opportunities for Paralegals?
A: The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of paralegals will grow 18% between 2010 and 2020.
Private law firms are the largest employer of paralegals, although other opportunities exist in both private and public sectors. Private sector opportunities are with corporate legal departments, insurance companies, banks, and hospitals. Public sector opportunities are typically found in community legal service programs, consumer organizations, the offices of public defenders and county prosecutors.
Q: Where can I find out about current job postings?
A: Students can obtain more information about current job postings in one of two ways: the Paralegal Program bulletin board located outside of the Liberal Arts Department on the Pemberton Campus or Career Services.
Outside resources available to find job postings include:
As well as, Legal Placement Agencies:
Q: Do I need to be certified to be a Paralegal?
A: Currently, there is no mandatory certification exam for paralegals, anywhere in the United States and the American Bar Association does not certify paralegals.
The option to become a “certified” paralegal is completely up to the individual. There are several associations that provide examinations to become certified. The National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA) sponsors a certification program. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) offers the Paralegal Advanced Competency Examination (PACE) and the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. offers the AACP.