Legal Studies for the Paralegal, Certificate of Proficiency

Florissant Valley and Meramec

The Certificate of Proficiency in Legal Studies for the Paralegal prepares and enhances student knowledge and skills for careers in the paralegal profession.

The certificate is designed for students who have the following:

  • a college degree, either an associate or bachelor, in any subject matter;
  • or a minimum of 60 college credit hours which include Communications (3 credit hours), Social Science (3 credit hours), Science/Mathematics (3 credit hours)  and Business (9 credit hours);
  • or a department approval to be limited to persons with five or more years of experience working under the direct supervision of an attorney in a law office, company, corporation or court.

Students develop a basic legal vocabulary and gain an understanding of Federal and Missouri statutes, cases, regulations and court systems.  Students will be able to describe the legal process as well as study concepts from various specific areas of law.  Students develop skills in analyzing legal problems, drafting/preparing legal documents and enhancing their professional development.  

Persons interested in this program should have an interest in the law. They should be self-motivated, able to work without supervision and have good oral and written communication skills.

Graduates are qualified for positions as paralegals in private law firms, corporations, government agencies, or other businesses.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. draft legal documents.
  2. analyze legal documents as well as other case matter resources to identify and summarize relevant materials for the case.
  3. examine case matter and identify appropriate research resources as well as analyze research results to support case matter.
  4. identify and assemble legal documents and court forms required for case matter.
  5. implement appropriate management of clients and case matters including calendar control, file management and billing.
  6. formulate an action plan to facilitate the resolution of the case matter and implement plan to conclusion of the case.
  7. select opportunities to pursue professional development.
Required Courses
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I
LGL 110Introduction to Law3
LGL 111Law Office Management3
LGL 113Computers and the Law3
LGL 217Legal Research3
LGL 218Legal Writing3
LGL 235Civil Litigation3
Legal Studies Electives12
Group One Electives (select at least two courses from the Group One Electives)
Contract Law
Wills, Trusts, and Probate
Tort Law
Family Law
Group Two Electives
Real Estate Law
Administrative Law
Employment Law
Topics in Law
Advanced Civil Litigation
Paralegal Clinical Studies 1
Workplace Learning: Paralegal 1
Total Credit Hours33
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 100 Career English
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
3ENG 030 and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.ENG 100 recommended
LGL 110 Introduction to Law3Reading Proficiency.
LGL 113 Computers and the Law3Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours9
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
LGL 111 Law Office Management3Reading Proficiency.
LGL 235 Civil Litigation3LGL 110 or LGL 108 and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
LGL 217 Legal Research3LGL 110 or LGL 108, ENG 100 or ENG 101, and Reading Proficiency.Take first 8 weeks
LGL 218 Legal Writing3LGL 217 and Reading Proficiency.Take second 8 weeks
Group I Legal Elective3  
Credit Hours9
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
LGL Elective3 Apply for graduation
Group I Legal Elective3  
LGL Elective3 LGL 240 or LGL 219 recommended
Credit Hours9
Total Credit Hours33

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.