Paralegal Studies

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
  EN 101 English Composition 4 0 4
  IT 102 PC Applications 3 0 3
# PL 106 Introduction to Legal Studies 3 0 3
# PL 107 Contracts and Torts 3 0 3
  PY 105 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
  AC 101 Accounting I 3 0 3
  EN 120 Communications or  
  EN xxx English Elective 3-4 0 3-4
  MT 124 College Algebra 4 0 4
# PL 110 Litigation and Trial Preparation 3 0 3
# PL 225 Legal Research and Writing+ 3 2 4
Fall Semester
  AC 102 Accounting II 3 0 3
  PI 242 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
# PL 221 Real Estate 3 0 3
# PL 251 Probate Estates and Trusts 3 0 3
# PL 262 Criminal Law and Procedures 3 0 3
Spring Semester
  FL xxx Foreign Languageor 3 0-2 3-4
  XX xxx General Education Elective 3 0 3
# PL 231 Business Organizations & Bankruptcy 3 0 3
# PL 242 Domestic Relations Law 3 0 3
# PL 270 Internship/Seminar 0 9 3
  XX xxx Science Elective* 3 2 4
  XX xxx Social Science Elective** 3 0 3

# Indicates major field courses.
* BI 100, CH 100 and PH 100 do not meet this requirement.
** Any course with a prefix of AN, EO, HI, PS, PY or SO (except HI 104 and HI 105).
+ A $100 fee will be assessed for all students taking PL 225. This fee will cover costs associated with ABA dues, Lexis/Nexis, Franklin Pierce Law Center Library, Supreme Court Library and PLS Associate Membership.

Program Cost Estimates

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15.

The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Paralegal Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements.

The Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies, approved by the American Bar Association, will prepare students to perform effectively in today's legal and business communities. This program is an expanded version of the Certificate Program. Both programs are approved by the American Bar Association. The Degree trains men and women for professional status as lawyers' assistants in banks, corporations, government agencies, insurance companies, and law firms. The program provides students with a broad-based academic curriculum, which emphasizes the skills, substantive knowledge and ethics a paralegal needs to assist lawyers effectively. Graduates may either enter the work force directly after graduation or continue their education at a four-year institution.

The Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Most major field courses, however, are offered in the evenings at this time. The general education courses are offered both days and evenings.

The work of the paralegal requires discretion and independent judgment. A paralegal always works under the supervision and direction of an attorney. Even though a paralegal can perform many of the tasks which have otherwise been performed by attorneys, a paralegal may not give legal advice, represent a client in court or otherwise engage in the practice of law.

NHTI graduates will be exposed during their course of studies to the legal system and the role of paralegals within the profession, the ethical rules governing lawyers and paralegals, and the operation of a law office. Through the course sequence in the Degree, NHTI's graduates will be:

  • able to assist in most aspects of legal research, and in the preparation of clear and concise legal writings, on a topic of their choosing;
  • introduced to Lexis/Nexis;
  • able to assist in virtually all phases of litigation and real property transactions;
  • able to assist in the formation, daily administration and dissolution of a corporate entity;
  • able to assist in the planning and administration of a decedent's estate;
  • prepared to assist in the drafting of pleadings and in the completion of preliminary research in the area of family law;
  • exposed to the various elements of New Hampshire criminal practice and procedure.

Transfer Information

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. College preparatory algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI's MT 093 and MT 094 both with grades of “C” or higher.
  2. Interview with department head; interviews will be scheduled by the department head once applications are complete.
  3. Two confidential letters of reference (Download and Print PDF).
  4. Two-hundred word essay regarding reasons for choosing the Paralegal Program (used to help evaluate writing skills).

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Character Expectations

Applicants should be aware that background checks are completed by potential employers prior to obtaining any position with arrest or detention powers, and typically, even before being accepted for an internship. Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law may not be employable, or even eligible for an internship. Because future goals may be compromised, applicants are advised to discuss any concerns with the Department Head.

Stacey Peters
Paralegal Studies
Department Head

(603) 271-6484 x4274

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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