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Paralegal Studies


Venango College of Clarion University offers an Associate of Science degree in paralegal studies. This program is approved by the American Bar Association, one of three approved programs in northwestern Pennsylvania. The program prepares graduates to assist lawyers and their clients in law offices, courthouses, and governmental institutions. In addition, when authorized to do so by administrative, statutory, or court authority, graduates of the program may operate as independent contractors.

The Paralegal Studies Program is designed to provide for the education of paralegals. A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. A paralegal may not practice law.

Paralegal is listed as a top career choice:  The paralegal field could see its employment grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Department of Labor.

Academic Requirements

  • General Education Requirements
    Business Core Requirements
    Area of Concentration
    Free Electives


Program Objectives Transfer Policy

Legal Research Links:

Pennsylvania Substantive Law Pennsylvania Procedure
Legal Ethics Rules  
Pennsylvania Statutes Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure
Pennsylvania Administrative Code Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure
Pennsylvania Appellate Court Opinions Pennsylvania Orphan's Court Rules and Forms
Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence Pennsylvania District Justice Rules
Pennsylvania Bulletin Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure
  Pennsylvania Rules for Continuing Education
  Pennsylvania Official Business Forms (articles of incorporation, etc.)

Federal Law

:: United States Code
:: U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
:: Third Circuit Court of Appeals Opinions
Federal Opinions :: Code of Federal Regulations

Historic Legal Documents

:: Common Sense by Thomas Paine
:: The Declaration of Independence
:: James Madison's Notes on the Constitutional Convention
:: The Federalist Papers
:: On Liberty by John Stewart Mill
:: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
:: The United States Constitution


All state and federal statutes and regulations. Shepard's Citations

::Two hundred and fifty scholarly law journals


Paralegal Associations

:: National Federation of Paralegal Associations
:: National Association of Legal Assistants
:: American Association for Paralegal Educators