Frequently Asked Questions
You have received a lot of information in this information session. Some things may still be a little fuzzy for you. Please take a few moments and review these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further clarification.
Which courses should I take if I don't have any computer skills or don't type well?
If students' computer skills are weak or students have little to no experience with computers, it is recommended that they start with traditional (web-enhanced) courses that only include a small online component. Either before they start the program or during the first quarter, they should consider taking CU 100 which is an introductory course in Windows and the World Wide Web.
Which classes should I take first?
CU 106 Typing Speed and Accuracy (or CU 91 for beginner keyboarders), CU 105, and ADLJ 150 Paralegal Fundamentals and Ethics should be taken right away. ADLJ 149 Writing Fundamentals for Paralegals is highly recommended as a beginning course for all paralegal students. Other classes that should be taken at the beginning of the program are ADLJ 152 Introduction to Civil Law, ADJ 101 Criminal Law, and ADLJ 155 Health/Dealing with Stress.
What if I don't have a computer/printer at home?
Students may use on-campus computers free of charge. The TCC Student Computer Lab is located in the Information Technology Building (Bldg 28) at the end of the first floor in what is known as the Information Commons. There is a charge for printing.
What if I already have a two or four year degree? Can I use those classes to count towards the requirements for this program?
If the student has an Associates of Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor of Arts Degree, the student will be enrolled in the Paralegal Pro-Certificate track. If the student has another associates or bachelor's degree, official transcripts can be submitted for evaluation and determination of where the student will start in the Paralegal Degree track.
Is there a required internship?
PLST 233 is a required 5-credit internship where students will complete 150 hours working at a legal site. This course will be taken toward the end of the Paralegal program.
Do I find my own internship site or does the college find one for me?
The student finds the internship site with the support of the faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor, currently Janet Olejar, has a three-ring binder with information about law firms and legal agencies that have requested paralegal program interns. The student should network with legal professionals during the paralegal program. Networking may lead to a good internship position. A student should begin contacting internship sites two months before the internship begins or earlier if possible.
If I already work in a law office, can I take my internship there for pay?
If the student already works in a law office, the student may do the internship there if the law firm will provide opportunities to learn more legal knowledge and skills.
What is a passing grade in a course?
A student must earn a "C" grade or higher to pass a paralegal (PLST) class. The English department also requires a "C" or higher to pass an English class. Other departments have their own requirements. Check with them.
Do I have to go to school full-time to be in the paralegal program?
Students may attend TCC full time or part time.
Do I have to start the program in the fall, or can I start at any time?
Students may enroll any quarter; however students are cautioned that not all courses are offered every quarter and careful sequencing of classes will prevent unnecessary delays in completing the program. Therefore, frequent advisor consultations are strongly recommended.
How long will it take to finish the paralegal program?
A student who begins the paralegal program at college level in English, reading and math and who takes 15-18 credits a quarter should finish the degree program in two years. A student who qualifies for the pro-certificate should finish in one year if the student has time flexibility and can take both day and evening classes. Caveat: Paralegal courses rotate each quarter, so if a student does not take a required course when it is offered, the student may have to delay completion of the program.