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Social Science, Law and Human Services PathwaysParalegal Plus  (Certificate)

(To keep up with industry needs and provide appropriate training, program requirements are reviewed every year.
The requirements listed below are effective summer quarter 2013 through spring quarter 2014.)

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  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or enrolled in a bachelor’s program – BA must be completed prior to completion of certificate.
  • BTECH 111 (or demonstrate competency) must be taken before LEGAL 135
  • Some or all of the following are required. Talk to a faculty adviser.
  • Some classes have entry requirements not listed here.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum COMPASS reading score of 88 or ASSET reading score of 45.
  • Minimum COMPASS writing score of 65 or ASSET writing score of 40.

Important Notes

  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA in each LEGAL course to attain a Paralegal Plus Certificate.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter.
  • Coursework is highly interactive and includes field-based internships.
  • Highline’s Paralegal Plus certificate program is designed for students with strong verbal and written skills, individual initiative and discipline, and high ethical standards.
  • A Paralegal orientation is recommended prior to enrolling. For dates and times, contact the program coordinator, visit  or call Educational Planning & Advising Center at (206) 878-3710, ext. 3584.
  • All Paralegal students are required to complete a course satisfying the Diversity and Globalism requirement.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in legal research and application of procedural and substantive authorities, including areas of law in which the student may not be familiar.
  2. Demonstrate writing skills that are consistent with generally accepted standards within the legal profession, including the ability to communicate legal analysis and application through organized and well-written correspondence, memoranda and pleadings.
  3. Analyze and articulate the different sides to any argument using critical-thinking skills.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop discovery plans, prepare cases for trial and capably assist in all courtroom proceedings.
  5. Use technology commonly found in the legal environment, including the electronic courtroom. This technology includes Microsoft Office products, electronic databases and other appropriate legal software.
  6. Communicate effectively with colleagues and clients utilizing good listening skills and through appropriate interactions in small group work.

 Professional-Technical Core Courses (PT) 

Course Course Title Cert. Cr.
LEGAL 101 Introduction to Ethics I 3
LEGAL 102 Civil Procedures I 5
LEGAL 103 Civil Procedures II 5
LEGAL 135 Law Office Technology 5
LEGAL 139 Pre-cooperative Work Experience Seminar 1
LEGAL 140 Cooperative Work Experience 3-5
LEGAL 141 Cooperative Work Experience Seminar 1
LEGAL 199 Legal Research and Writing I 5
LEGAL 200 Legal Research and Writing II 5
POLS& 200 Introduction to Law 5
Total Core Course Credits 38-40

 Supporting Courses  (SC) 

Select 15-17 credits from courses listed. Talk to a faculty adviser.
Course Course Title Cert. Cr.
LEGAL 106 Torts 5
LEGAL 107 Property 5
LEGAL 119 Criminal Law and Procedure 5
LEGAL 136 Advanced Law Office Technology 5
LEGAL 162 Constitutional Law & Issues 5
LEGAL 164 Sports Law Issues & Diversity 5
LEGAL 166 Immigration Law & Issues 5
LEGAL 168 Civil Rights Theory & Law 5
LEGAL 201 Estate Planning and Probate 5
LEGAL 202 Contracts & Negotiations 5
LEGAL 210 Family Law 5
LEGAL 211 Intellectual Property 5
LEGAL 220 Computer Search and Seizure 5
LEGAL 240 Cooperative Education Work Experience II 1-5
LEGAL 241 Cooperative Work Experience Seminar 1
LEGAL 252 Legal Investigations 5
LEGAL 262 Professional Development Seminar 2
LEGAL 281-285 Special Topics in Law 1-5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
Total Supporting Course Credits 15-17
  Total Program Credits 48-52

 Certificate Learning Outcomes (continued)

  1. Demonstrate professionalism through leadership, cultural awareness, appropriate attire and conduct, and attention to detail.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, comply with preset deadlines and utilize well defined problem-solving skills as required by an assignment and/or situation.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding and application of ethical issues in and out of the legal employment setting.
  4. Explain the need for civic responsibility in diverse and multifaceted environments and the role that legal professionals play in providing access to justice to those who currently or historically have been denied access.

Updated on July 3, 2013
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