You're interested in the law and helping people is important to you. You are tech-savvy, love details, deadlines, and you know how to keep all the spinning plates moving without fail.

If this is you, pursuing a degree or certificate in paralegal studies may give you the intellectual challenge you desire. Paralegals make up a significant sector of careers in the law field. In demand and growing, a paralegal can choose to specialize in any area of the law that interests them most.


At Harford Community College, we offer a paralegal studies degree and certificate option that can prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor's degree or gain employment in the field.

Program Overview


Program Requirements:

Associate of Applied Science



No. of Credits:

Associate of Arts: 60

Certificate: 35-37



AnnMarie Profili, J.D.







Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

American Bar Association-Approved Paralegal Program


Harford's small, student-centered, and flexible learning class options are the ideal learning environment for your paralegal studies.


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What kind of courses can I expect to take?

Develop a strong background in paralegal studies through required courses and electives like these at Harford:

Family Law

Criminal Law

Introduction to Law


Technology in the Legal Profession

Legal Research and Legal Writing

Contract Law

Law Practice and Professional Conduct

Torts and Insurance

Civil Litigation and Procedure

What can I do when I complete this program?

With a degree or certificate in paralegal studies at Harford, you can prepare for transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor's degree. If you already have an associate's or bachelor's degree and you have the desire to work as a paralegal, you can earn a certificate that can help you to secure employment in the field.

Top Transfer Destinations

  • Stevenson University
  • University of Baltimore

Potential Careers

  • Corporate Paralegal
  • Real Estate and Title Insurance Paralegal
  • Public Defender Paralegal
  • Paralegal within a Non-Government Organization
  • Judicial Paralegal
  • Government Paralegal
  • Nursing Paralegal
  • Law Firm Paralegal

Use the Career Insight Tool to see what opportunities are available for you.




Who teaches this program?

At Harford, our award-winning full-time and adjunct faculty bring a wealth of industry and classroom experience to professionally mentor and guide you through your program.

How do I get started?

You've taken your first step into a larger world of possibility for yourself and your future. Now is the time! Reach out and apply, request more information, or visit our campus.