Courses & Programs

Paralegal Transfer

Kelly O'Connor

Faculty, Business

Business and Technology

Kittredge Center 509

413.552.2315 (Tel)


what will you learn?

The Paralegal Transfer option prepares students for transfer to some four-year programs in paralegal studies; students should contact the transfer coordinator to identify these opportunities.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon graduating from this program, students will be able to:

  • describe the structure of the American legal system
  • identify the principles and process of civil litigation
  • define basic areas of substantive law such as contract and torts

what will you do?

This program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Jobs and careers include:

  • Corporate paralegal
  • Litigation paralegal
  • Contracts manager/administrator
  • Legal researcher

Explore more opportunities at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center or visit the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook

64-65 total credits

26-27 credits General Education Requirements + 35 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.


General Education Requirements

26-27 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the United States from pre-Colonial times to the end of the Civil War, including early settlement, the Revolution, the implementation of the Constitution, the War of 1812, the Jacksonian era, and the causes and course of the Civil War.
A survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the United States from the end of the Civil War until the present, including such topics as Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, the Great Depression, the New Deal, the world wars, and the Cold War.
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.

Program Requirements

35 CREDITS

This course explores the basic statements of an accounting system: the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Retained Earnings. Students will examine the accounting cycle with an emphasis on the methods of accumulating and summarizing data generated by business transactions. Students will apply their manual accounting skills to an automated accounting system using a learning management system. Areas of concentration will include adjusting entries, closing process, inventory analysis, merchandising transactions, cash control procedures, and receivables. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MTH 085

This course will expand upon the basic concepts and theories that students learned in the Principles of Accounting I course. Areas studied include, but not limited to, the following: long-term assets, short-term and long-term liabilities; transactions unique to corporations issuing stock; Statement of Stockholders' Equity; Statement of Cash Flows, Financial Statement Analysis, as well as gaining exposure to accounting for Manufacturers through an introduction to Managerial Accounting and Job Order Costing. Prerequisite: ACC 111 with a grade of C- or better.
A study of the interpersonal and communication skills fundamental for success in the workplace. Students will hone their professional style as they study topics including professional behavior, interpersonal interactions, and civility as they relate to the workplace.
This course introduces students to the relationship between business and society. Topics include corporate citizenship, identification and analysis of stakeholder issues, business ethics fundamentals, business influence on government and the public sector, ethical issues in the global arena, workplace issues, and employment discrimination and affirmative action. Upon completion students should be able to apply ethical principles and guidelines to business decision making.
The focus of this course is to develop financially literate students. It will provide a practical introduction to personal finance and money management by focusing on realistic ways to effectively manage and protect personal assets and maximize financial health and stability. Students will learn how to design a personal budget and learn to make appropriate decisions with regard to savings, investments, insurance, credit protection, estate planning and managing personal assets. Students will evaluate the cost of borrowed money, real estate investments, the effective use of credit, tax implications and the effects the economy has on personal financial decisions. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MTH 085
An introductory, hands-on course designed to provide an overview of microcomputer hardware and software currently available and to provide hands-on exposure to internet, e-mail, operating system, word processing spreadsheets, database and graphics applications. Students will not receive credit for CSI 111 and BUS 115. Keyboarding skills preferred, but not required.
Emphasizes the fundamental principles of oral and written communication within an organizational setting. Techniques for writing various types of communication are studied, including the writing of news releases, policies, procedures, and performance appraisals, includes instruction in oral communication and the use of presentation software. Grammar, syntax, style, economy of expression, organization of thought, and clarity are stressed. Prerequisite: ENG 101
Introduces students to the necessary elements of informative and persuasive public speaking. The course includes performance analysis of speakers and major historical speeches. Course skills learned are useful in all forms of oral presentation in professional and academic settings. Students are required to attend one outside speaking performance, to deliver several speeches in class, and to participate in group discussion. Please note that this course replaces SPE 120 - Fundamentals of Speech. Students will not receive credit for both SPE 120 and COM 150.
A study of the structure of the American legal system, as well as various substantive areas of the law, including torts, family law, contract law, real estate law, criminal law and criminal procedure. The processing of legal reasoning will be explored through analysis of cases, statutes and constitutional provisions. The roles and ethical obligations of legal professionals will also be discussed.
A study of the sources of law, the Massachusetts and Federal Court systems, steps in civil litigation, and the general principles of contract law.
A study of the principles and process of civil litigation through examination and analysis of the Rules of Civil Procedures and the Rules of Evidence. Students will gain insight into the litigation process by conducting mock interviews and investigations and through drafting pleadings, motions, and other litigation-related documents.
An introduction to the structure, functions, and politics of the United States national (federal) government within its historical, constitutional, social, and theoretical context.
An introduction to the structure, function, and politics of United States government at the state, county, and municipal levels, emphasizing their roles within the federal system.
Survey of the principles, problems, and practices of modern business in the management of the work force, from recruitment through retirement. Emphasis is on the use of appropriate practices in firms of various types and sizes.
A study of employment law for the non-legal professional in Human Resource Management, emphasizing federal and state laws governing the employment process and the relationship between employers and employees.

3 credits of electives


Choose one three-credit course from: ACC, BUS, HCA, LAW, MGT, MKT, or SPO


Math Electives - Select from  MTH 162(D), MTH 113(D), or MTH 142(D); Select from MTH 104(D) & MTH 142(D) for Elms College and MTH 142(D) for Bay Path University.
Business Electives - Select from: ACC, BUS, HCA, LAW, MGT, MKT, or SPOStudents will not recieve credits for both MTH 162 & MTH 113.