There are two program tracks for COD's Paralegal Studies program. The right program track for you depends upon whether you are seeking your first college degree or already have a college degree. The Associate in Applied Studies (A.A.S.) degree track is for students who do not have a college degree and are seeking a two-year college degree in Paralegal Studies. The certificate program track is for those who already have an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and are seeking to add the certificate credential to their degree.
Associate in Applied Studies (A.A.S.) Degree
The A.A.S. degree requires 64 to 67 credit hours of coursework, including general education classes and other classes designed to provide technical and professional competence. Students who do not have a college degree must enroll in this program.
The certificate program requires 36 credit hours of coursework, limited to courses focusing on paralegal skills and education. Note that the certificate option is only available to students who have already earned a college degree.
Both program tracks require a student to be accepted into the program after taking prerequisite coursework and completing a program application. Please note: Students may continue to enroll in paralegal classes each semester prior to being admitted into the program, except that students seeking admission into PLGL 2600 must have been accepted into the program in order to enroll in these classes.
In either case, the student's first step would be to enroll in Introduction to Paralegal Studies, PLGL 1100, which is a prerequisite for program admission. Paralegal 1150 is also a program prerequisite, which can either be taken in the same semester as PLGL 1100, or in a separate semester. In addition, A.A.S. degree students must also take ENGLI 1101 as a program prerequisite.
After the prerequisites listed above have been taken, the student is ready to apply for official admission into the program by completing the applicable program application. The application forms can be accessed below. Also attached is the Reference Form, which must be completed and mailed directly to the program chair by the three individuals who will be providing references.
If you have any questions, please contact Sally N. Fairbank, program chair, at Fairbank@cod.edu.
- Paralegal Practicum
- Semester by Semester Course Guide
- Electives Offered by Semester
- Is "Paralegal" the Right Career for You?
- Reference Letter Form
- Transfer Credit Policy
Sally N. Fairbank, Program Chair
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1471A, (630) 942-2955
Teresa Dietz, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008
Anika Collins, Program Advising
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1454D, (630) 942-3961
Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592