Cooperative Education

Co-op Eligibility requirements:

1. The student must be enrolled in either the Paralegal Technology AAS Degree Program (A25380) or the Paralegal Technology Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program (D25380).

2. The student must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA (Program). (This means that in order to be eligible for co-op, a student must have completed at least one semester in the paralegal program, in order to meet this GPA requirement).

3. The student must have successfully completed (earn a C or better) a minimum of 12 credit hours of paralegal program course requirements (may include CPCC-approved transfer courses). These 12 hours must include a minimum of two LEX courses. (LEX 110, 140,120, OST 136, 164, and ENG 111 are preferable courses to complete prior to registering for co-op).

4. The student must be registered for a minimum of three credit hours of required coursework which will be completed concurrently with the co-op course. Exceptions to this requirement will be made for students who have less than three hours of coursework to complete in order to obtain a paralegal degree. Any other exceptions will be made at the discretion of the paralegal and co-op departments.

5. The student must receive written approval to register for co-op from both the paralegal department and the co-op department. (Note: This decision to approve a student for co-op lies within the discretion of the paralegal program faculty and the co-op department. Therefore even if the above requirements have all been met a faculty member may still choose not to approve a student for co-op.)

Co-op Procedural Requirements:

If you have met these eligibility requirements, please contact a paralegal full-time faculty member about obtaining a position and getting registered.

Before you can register you will need to fill out a co-op application which you can download from the co-op website. You will also need written approval from a full-time faculty member.

Once you have secured a co-op position, received written approval from a faculty member, and completed the co-op paperwork, you will be ready to register. Co-op registrations are done through Jill Lutz (jill.lutz@cpcc.edu). 

Please understand that most co-ops arranged for by the school are unpaid positions.  To learn about those positions, please contact our co-op coordinator Jill Lutz.  If you have or obtain a paid legal position on your own, you can work with your faculty advisor and use that job for your co-op.

NOTE: there are often positions for paralegal students posted on the CPCC career services job listings and on the bulletin board in the paralegal department.  Those employers have shown a special interest in working with our students and often are willing to allow the job to be used for co-op credit..

Link to the Cooperative Education website: http://www.cpcc.edu/cooperative_education/

Note: Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.