Paralegal Studies Degree & Certficate Faculty

Frank Plunkett, MAT, MCJ

Frank Plunkett

Frank Plunkett

Associate Professor, Legal Studies

PhD Candidate, Capella University
MCJ, Boston University
MAT, Marygrove College
BA, LaSalle University

Subject Areas: Criminal Justice, Policing, Corrections, Probation and Parole, Courts, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Ethics, Juvenile Justice, Homeland Security and Computer Crimes

Frank Plunkett is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Peirce College, focusing on Criminal Justice Studies. He joined the Peirce faculty as an adjunct in 2016 and became a full time faculty member in 2017. Prior to joining Peirce College, Professor Plunkett held the position of Chairperson for the School of Criminal Justice at ITT Technical Institute in Levittown, PA for three years where the program received accolades as the best in the Northeast District for ITT. He was a faculty member at ITT for a total of six years in the criminal justice program.

Prior to teaching, Professor Plunkett was a municipal law enforcement officer in New Jersey for 25 years. He was also involved as a volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician and firefighter.

With the goal of maintaining field currency and networking, Professor Plunkett is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology, The American Society for Evidence based Policing, and several other criminal justice and education related organizations.

In addition to college teaching, Professor Plunkett is an active volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and its MS Cycling event. He volunteers as a leader in his local community civic association. He is a merit badge counselor and a leader in Scouting USA.

Professor Plunkett holds a Master's in Criminal Justice degree from Boston University, a Master's in the Art of Teaching degree from Marygrove College in Detroit MI and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from LaSalle University in Philadelphia PA. He is currently a PhD candidate in criminal justice with a specialization in criminology at Capella University.

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    The full-time faculty members of Peirce College's on-campus and online Paralegal Degree and Paralegal Certificate programs provide students with the foundation and academic credential base necessary for moving into rewarding legal careers as paralegal professionals.

    In our associate degree program, our professors approach the study of law from a theoretical, conceptual and practical perspective. That means Peirce College Paralegal Studies graduates leave us prepared for the demands of the paralegal profession.

    Thanks to a curriculum that focuses on a full range of legal specialty practice areas and a broad scope of general education perspectives, our Paralegal program imparts in students the critical thinking, analytical processing and legal skill sets necessary to succeed as paralegals. In collaboration with legal practitioners, employers and professional associations, the faculty continues working toward the ultimate goal of reassessing and improving the program to match the legal industry needs of today and tomorrow.

    Our faculty is also proud to provide students with the only ABA-approved paralegal bachelor's degree in Philadelphia. Bachelor's degree students will receive advanced legal lessons from our faculty on topics such as legal technology, family law, real estate law, business organizations, estate law, legal writing, legal research, criminal law and employment law. For your final capstone project, your professor will take you through a classroom simulation of what it's like to work in a real law office, giving you hands-on experience with a multitude of practical activities related to actual job responsibilities of civil practice, non-litigation paralegals.

    The faculty will also formally introduce degree graduates to the professional paralegal certification/regulation process, and you can even earn your Paralegal Certificate at Peirce.

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