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Why Choose Paralegal at PPCC?

PPCC's Paralegal Program will train you to support licensed professionals in preparing for trial - drafting documents and conducting legal research. Jobs as paralegals, legal technicians and legal assistants are high paying and in-demand as legal professions continue to grow. With more advanced degrees beyond PPCC, you could pursue careers as a lawyer, judge, or  arbitrator, among others.

Important Notice on the Role of Paralegals

Graduates are not authorized to practice law. The Paralegal program provides training perform substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

What do PPCC Paralegal students study?

Students in the Paralegal program learn about the varied aspects of the legal profession, preparing for an entry-level position in the legal field. As a student you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the various types of law, including family law, bankruptcy, and criminal law.
  • Learn to conduct legal research
  • Draft initial legal documents and pleadings
  • Assist in preparing trial notebooks.

Classes You Might Take

Provides an understanding of the role of paralegals, issues facing paralegals, the working of the legal system, and ethical questions. Legal terminology and an overview of the substantive areas of law will be discussed.
This course covers domestic law, common property, dissolutions, adoptions, legal separation, and other family law issues.
Explores the parameters of professional responsibilities and value systems for paralegals and related occupations.
Introduces basic concepts of criminal law and criminal procedure, including Colorado statutes and Rules of Procedure.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Transfer Policy

The Paralegal program accepts transfer credits from students with coursework in legal specialty courses per institutional and state guidelines regarding articulation of college credits. Credit may be granted through transcript reviews. The following are general criteria for transfer institutions and credit being considered for transfer:

  • Regional Accreditation
  • Similar course content
  • Grade of "C" or better
  • Must meet Paralegal program requirements
  • Earned within the past 15 years

Credits may also be awarded per PPCC's prior learning assessment process.

Transcript Evaluation Process

Prior Learning Assessment

Employment Opportunities for Students

PPCC offers career connection opportunities for students and outside employers as well as internal work-study positions for financial-aid eligible students.

Career Connections for Students and Employers Student Work Study Positions

Paralegal Leadership Club

The paralegal club is our student community, providing support to students in the paralegal program and an important element in creating momentum for the paralegal program. Through recruitment of paralegal students we can establish a strong voice within the PPCC administration, resulting in opportunities for the aspiring paralegals including the opportunity to volunteer within the legal community.

Paralegal Club Information

Get started in Paralegal

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Paralegal Faculty

Paralegal Department Chair

Jason DeVaux

Contact Department Chair: (719) 502-3300  Jason.DeVaux@ppcc.edu

 

Paralegal Lead Advisor

Nova Munselle

Contact advising: 719-502-3232  advising@ppcc.edu

Paralegal Faculty PPCC Advisor

Apply for Scholarships

Every Year the PPCC Foundation offers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarship money for eligible and in need students.

Scholarship Information