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Paralegal and Nurse Paralegal Programs Begin at CCM in September

Designed for Those Looking to Change Careers and Gain Insight into the Law - Posted 8/20/13
The first sessions of new Paralegal and Nurse Paralegal studies programs at County College of Morris (CCM) begin in September and interested individuals are encouraged to register as early as possible.

An information session on the new programs is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Cohen Hall, Room 265, on CCM’s Randolph Campus, 214 Center Grove Road. A mandatory orientation follows on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Cohen Hall, Room 265. There is no cost for these two sessions. The first class begins Thursday, September 19.

The Paralegal and Nurse Paralegal programs are designed for individuals seeking to change careers or gain more formal insight into areas of the legal profession. Each 300-hour program is offered evenings from September through June. Upon completion of the Paralegal Studies program, individuals are qualified to apply for work in law firms and corporate legal departments. The Nurse Paralegal program is geared towards RNs who are looking to leave direct patient care but want to maintain involvement in the medical field. Students are prepared for roles in malpractice, personal injury and healthcare insurance cases. Typical jobs are found in insurance companies, law firms specializing in medical issues, medical facilities, pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies.

Both programs cover the most common legal topics while emphasizing the practical, hands-on tasks a paralegal is asked to perform. As part of their coursework, students are asked to visit courtrooms and interview lawyers and other legal professionals. Using case studies, they also gain experience writing briefs and completing legal documents. The programs are taught by practicing lawyers with teaching experience.

Courses generally are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. with a few exceptions.

Both programs require at least 60 credits from an accredited college or university with at least 6 credits in English Composition. Nurse Paralegal candidates must also have at least 2,000 hours of documented clinical work as an RN. Attendance at 80 percent of the classes and maintaining a passing grade of a C or better is required for continued participation in the programs.

To register, applicants should contact the Career and Professional Programs department at cpp@ccm.edu.

To learn about other continuing education programs available at CCM this fall, visit www.ccm.edu/businesscommunity and click on the image of the fall catalog cover.