2016-2017 Catalog

Legal Studies – Paralegal Accelerated Certificate (LSACC)

Award: Certificate of achievement

Pathway to associate degree:  Legal Studies - Paralegal (LSPAO)

Program location: South Omaha Campus

This degree option prepares paralegals for entry-level employment in law-related occupations including public and private law practice or corporate/government activities related to law. Graduates are qualified to: 

  • perform basic legal research and supporting memoranda using both computerized and manual search methods.
  • draft correspondence, pleadings, contracts, and other legal documents appropriately for attorney use.
  • prioritize and complete work assignments in a timely, professional, and ethical manner. 

Although graduates are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public, they are authorized to perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. This program does not train lawyers or legal administrators.   

This program has special admission requirements. To major in this accelerated certificate, students must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized college/university and submit a transcript to the Records Office.

The application process includes the completion of both LAWS 1100 and LAWS 1101 with grades of C or better and the submission of the Paralegal Program application with original high school transcripts or GED documentation. Students are notified as to their acceptance into the program.

Students are advised to work closely with the program advisor or program director to make sure that they are registered for classes at the most beneficial time for graduation from the program.

A link to the Paralegal Program application and an informative PowerPoint presentation about the program can be found at www.mccneb.edu/Academic-Programs/Programs-of-Study/Business-Human-Services/Legal-Studies.aspx.

Gainful employment data for this program (such as costs and jobs related to the program) can be found at www.mccneb.edu/Current-Students/Resources/Student-Services-SOS/Student-Right-to-Know.aspx.

Graduation Requirements

Major requirements

39.5

Elective requirements

27.0

Total credit hours required

66.5

Major requirements for Paralegal Accelerated Certificate (39.5 credit hrs.)

BSAD 1100Business Law IONLINE

4.5

LAWS 1100The Paralegal Profession

4.5

LAWS 1101Introduction to LawONLINE

4.5

LAWS 1110Litigation

4.5

LAWS 1111Microsoft Word for the Law OfficeONLINE

4.5

LAWS 1230Legal Research and Writing I

4.5

LAWS 2240Legal Research and Writing II

4.5

LAWS 2981Internship I

4.0

LAWS 2982Internship II

4.0

Elective requirements for Paralegal Accelerated Certificate (27.0 credit hrs.)

Select 27.0 credit hours from the following:

BSAD 1110Business Law IIONLINE

4.5

OR

REES 1100Real Estate LawONLINE

4.5

LAWS 2320Torts

4.5

LAWS 2322Family Law

4.5

LAWS 2323Employment Law

4.5

LAWS 2324Criminal Law and Procedures

4.5

LAWS 2325Bankruptcy, Credit, and Collections Law

4.5

LAWS 2326Evidence and Discovery

4.5

LAWS 2327Immigration Law

4.5

LAWS 2420Estate Administration

4.5

LAWS 2421Insurance Law

4.5

LAWS 2422Law of Corporations

4.5

See Curriculum Plan