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Online Paralegal Degree at Peirce College

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Our online Paralegal Studies program helps you gain the practical skills you’ll need to succeed..

Your Paralegal Studies Degree

Get prepared for a rewarding career making a difference in people’s lives. Peirce offers associate, bachelor's and post-bachelor's degrees in Paralegal Studies. Graduates go on to attain jobs at major law firms, corporate offices, with the government, or they continue their education at law school.

Our American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies degree program, which is the only ABA-approved bachelor's paralegal degree program in the Philadelphia area, gives you the foundation for a successful legal career. The program is led by legal experts who work closely with the legal community at the local, regional and national levels. That means coursework is closely targeted to the demands of a constantly evolving industry.

Paralegal Studies at Peirce

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Peirce readies you for a successful career by teaching you legal knowledge and practical, real-world skills that you’ll need to become a member of the legal community. Plus, after the four on-campus foundation classes, all of the other Paralegal degree courses are available online, here at our Philadelphia campus or as a combination of both to best fit into your busy schedule.

Ready to get started on a defining legal career? Apply today or call 888.467.3472, ext. 9000 for more information.

Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies

Already have your bachelor's degree? Find more information about our Paralegal Studies Certificate program by clicking the above link.

Curriculum

Associate in Science Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 61

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Min. Credits
PRC PRC 100 or PRC 101* 1
BIS 111 Application Software Fundamentals 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
ENG 103 Rhetoric and Research 3
PSC 101 American Government (SOC SCI CORE) 3
SOC SCI Social Science Course (choose 1) 3
MAT Mathematics Course (choose 2) 6
SCI Science Course (choose 1) 3
GEN ED General Education Course (choose 1) 3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:Min. Credits
LGL 100 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 3
LGL 102 Legal Research 3
LGL 113 Legal Writing 3
LGL 117 Civil Litigation 3
LGL 201 Contract Law 3
LGL 206 Tort Law 3
LGL 207 Criminal Law 3
LGL 215 Professional Legal Responsibility 3
LGL 219 Legal Technology 3
CWE 098 Pre Co-op Workshop (required if planning co-op and have earned 30 credits) 0
LGL 220 or CWE 116 Paralegal Capstone I or Cooperative Work Experience 3
ELE Elective Course (choose 1) 3


Bachelor's of Science Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 121

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Min. Credits
PRC PRC 100 or PRC 101* 1
BIS 111 Application Software Fundamentals 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
ENG 103 Rhetoric and Research 3
PSC 101 American Government (SOC SCI CORE) 3
ENG/COM English/Communications Course (choose 1) 3
SOC SCI Social Science Courses (choose 3) 9
HUM/HIS Humanities/History Courses (choose 2) 6
MAT Mathematics Course (choose 3) 9
SCI Science Course (choose 2) 6
GEN ED General Education Course (choose 2) 6
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:Min. Credits
LGL 100 Introduction to the Paralegal Profession 3
LGL 102 Legal Research 3
LGL 113 Legal Writing 3
LGL 117 Civil Litigation 3
LGL 201 Contract Law 3
LGL 206 Tort Law 3
LGL 207 Criminal Law 3
LGL 215 Professional Legal Responsibility 3
LGL 219 Legal Technology 3
CWE 098 Pre Co-op Workshop (required if planning co-op and have earned 30 credits) 0
LGL 220 or CWE 116 Paralegal Capstone I or Cooperative Work Experience 3
LGL 304 Family Law 3
LGL 305 Real Estate Law 3
LGL 308 Estate Law 3
LGL 309 Business Organizations 3
LGL 313 Advanced Legal Writing 3
LGL 315 Advanced Legal Research 3
LGL 320 Advanced Legal Technology 3
LGL 430 Paralegal Capstone II: Advanced Civil Litigation 3
LGL 440 Paralegal Capstone III: Practical Skills and Regulation 3
ELE Elective Courses (choose 4) Legal Studies (LGL) Electives or Technology Emphasis Courses Recommended 12

Meet Our Full-Time Faculty

faculty
Glenn D. Barnes, J.D.

Professor, Legal Studies

B.A., Cornell University
J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Subject Area: Estate Planning and Administration, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Tort Law,
Transactional Law, Family Law, Contract Law,
Business Organizations, Bankruptcy Law, Real Estate Law, Legal Research and Legal Writing

gdbarnes@peirce.edu

faculty
Cynthia Gentile, J.D.

Associate Professor, Legal Studies

B.A., Rutgers University, Douglass College
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law-Camden
Subject Area: Business and Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, 
Real Estate Law, Contract Law, Legal Technologies, 
Legal Research and Legal Writing

cgentile@peirce.edu

faculty
Ivy M. Kempf, J.D.

Professor, Legal Studies

B.S., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
Subject Area: Business and Corporate Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing

ikempf@peirce.edu

faculty
Edwin B. Miller, J.D.

Professor, Assistant Dean And Faculty Chair, Legal Studies

B.A., Temple University
J.D., Villanova University School of Law
Subject Area: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law,
Family Law, Administrative Regulation,
Legal Research and Writing

emiller@peirce.edu

faculty
Carol J. Sherman, J.D.

Professor, Legal Studies

B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
J.D., Temple University, Beasley School of Law
Subject Area: Elder Law, Civil Litigation, Tort Law,
Workers Compensation, Contract Law, Family Law,
Legal Technology, Professional Legal Responsibility,
Legal Research and Writing

csherman@peirce.edu

Careers Options

Our Paralegal Studies program prepares you for a career in law firms, corporate offices, with the government, or in many other industries. In the Philadelphia region, graduates of the Paralegal Studies program have careers with law firms; government and administrative agencies; and with major businesses, hospitals and Colleges and Universities.

Graduates of the Paralegal Studies program can continue their education at law school or go on to a master’s degree program in legal studies, business law, criminal justice or other areas of study.

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“Our Paralegal Studies Programs provide a foundation that opens the door to a variety of opportunities. So many life factors are impacted by our legal process. Our students understand and can navigate that process and that increases their options in terms of charting a professional career path.”

Edwin B. Miller

Professor & Assistant Dean, Legal Studies

Interested in a degree in Paralegal Studies? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application.

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