Advanced Certificate Paralegal/Legal Assisting [4004]

Program Manager: Suzanne Bechtol
941-752-5359 Bradenton

The Paralegal/Legal Assisting Advanced Technical certificate is designed to enable students who already hold any college degree (other than the legal assisting A.S. degree) to take paralegal training at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) and qualify to take the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certification Examination (CLA/CP) exam. It further prepares those students for work of a legal nature in law offices, corporations or government agencies.  

NOTE: A grade of "C" or better must be attained for each course taken for this certificate. It also is recommended that job-seeking students complete SLS 1350 Job Marketing Skills (1 credit).  



Term Hours

PLA 1003

Intro. to Legal Systems


PLA 2001

General Law


PLA 1104

Legal Research & Writing I (3 credits with one-credit corequisite LIS 2004)


PLA 2433 Corporations & Business Organizations


PLA 2732 Law Office Computer Applications





Electives Choose three courses from the following list based on area of work interest:  
PLA 1610 Real Property Law and Transactions  
PLA 2114 Legal Research & Writing II  
PLA 2203 Civil Litigation I  
PLA 2223 Civil Litigation II  
PLA 2303 Criminal Law and Procedures  
PLA 2600 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration  
PLA 2763 Law Office Management  
PLA 2800 Intro. to Family Law  
APA 1111 College Accounting  
ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting OR Higher Level Accounting Course  
BUL 2131 Legal Environment of Business  
GEB 2210 Business Presentations and Communication  
PLA 2612 Real Estate II: From Contract to Closing  
PLA 2950 Professional Responsibilities  
PLA 1949 Career Decision Work Experience in Legal Assisting  
PLA 2949 Internship in Paralegal/Legal Assisting  






Recommended Sequence

Semester I Semester II Semester III

PLA 1003

PLA 2001

PLA 2433

PLA elective

PLA 1104*

PLA 2732**

PLA 2303 or
PLA elective

Complete electives

*Corequisite: LIS 2004

**Prerequisite: M.O.S. Certification in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel or CGS 1570 with a grade of "C" or better


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