"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."
- American Bar Association
The Illinois Central College Paralegal Programs are:
- ABA Approved: ICC is the ONLY community college to offer American Bar Association Approved Post Degree Certificate and Associate degree Paralegal Programs in Central Illinois.
- Affordable: Tuition at other institutions may be as much as 4 to 5 time more expensive. ICC tuition is a Fraction of the Cost of any other Paralegal Associate degree or Post-Degree Paralegal Certificate option in Central Illinois. ICC has agreements in place to allow for in-district tuition rates for students living in all other surrounding community college districts throughout Central Illinois (Carl Sandburg, Heartland, Illinois Valley, Lincoln Land, Spoon River and Carl Sandburg and more).
- Convenient: The course schedule is as Convenient as can be expected of a quality Paralegal program.
- Established by the Success of it's Graduates: Graduates of the Post Degree Certificate Program have enjoyed success in some of the Highest Paying and Most Satisfying Paralegal Jobs in Central Illinois. Graduates from the Associates degree program are Gainfully Employed and many of those graduates have Successfully Transferred to and completed Bachelor degrees with distinction at several 4 year institutions such as Bradley University, Franklin University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Post Degree Certificate Applicants seeking to enroll should submit an application to Illinois Central College. Applications may be completed online at http://www.icc.edu. (2) have their official college transcripts, noting the degree awarded and courses completed, sent directly to Illinois Central College Admissions/Records Office. (3) submit a separate application (found below) to the Illinois Central College Paralegal Program and submit the same with copies of his or her college transcripts, noting the degree awarded and courses completed, prior to or at the time of their interview for admission. (4) after being notified of acceptance to Illinois Central College students should arrange a meeting with Professor Tom Higgins by sending him an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate in Applied Science Applicants seeking to enroll should (1) submit an application to Illinois Central College. Applications may be completed online at http://www.icc.edu. (2) have their high school submit a transcript directly to Illinois Central College Admissions/Records Office. (3) take the COMPASS Academic Placement Test prior to enrollment. Call (309) 694-5234 for appointment times and reservation (4) after being notified of acceptance to Illinois Central College and completing your Placement Test, students should arrange a meeting with Professor Tom Higgins by sending him an e-mail to: email@example.com.
Current Student Enrollment: Students must meet with Professor Higgins to be enrolled in Paralegal program courses. Current students must complete the Degree Audit through E-Services prior to meeting with with Professor Higgins. Bring a copy of that audit to your scheduled advisement meeting and provide all requested information, including the requested class name, number, days/times. The course schedule is available on the Class Schedule at http://www.icc.edu
Paralegal Post-Degree Certificate Application
(cut and paste this application into Word or Google Docs, complete and check the information and then cut send the information directly in or attached as a pdf file to Professor Higgins via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date of Birth:
City: State: Zip Code:
Phone Numbers (home): (work)
Type of work you now perform:
College Degrees (Type and Major):
Please attach a copy of your final transcript(s) and arrange for official copies to be sent directly to Illinois Central College Admissions, One College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois, 61635. Please request these transcripts be evaluated for course credits.
When do you intend to take classes? Check one: Day ( ) Evening ( )
Do you plan to be a full-time or part-time student? Check one: Full-time ( ) Part-time ( )
Have you contacted the Paralegal Program Director? Check one: Yes ( ) No ( )
Do you have law related work experience? Check one: Yes ( ) No ( )
If “yes,” describe briefly:
What do you know about the Paralegal Profession?
What are your Paralegal career aspirations?
How did you hear about our program (check one):
( ) The Program web page
( ) ICC Radio or TV Ad
( ) Print media Ad
( ) ICC Catalogue
( ) ICC brochure
( ) Other (please explain)
Please return this application to Professor Tom Higgins by email to: email@example.com