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Throughout the legal profession, entry level opportunities exist for those with a general knowledge of the legal environment in the United States. Students pursuing the MCC Legal Specialist Career Certificate gain a broad understanding of the legal profession by selecting from courses focused on business law, litigation, and/or immigration law. The Legal Specialist Career Certificate provides students with an opportunity to explore multiple topical areas while still earning an award and providing a pathway toward a Certificate of Achievement and/or an Associate Degree.

Students pursuing the Legal Specialist Career Certificate have the latitude to select six courses (for a total of 27 credit hours) from among the three topical areas listed below. Students can combine courses from among all three areas based on their interests, but they are required to select courses from at least two areas (e.g., business law and litigation, business law and immigration law, or litigation and business law). Typically, students would pick two courses from each topical area listed below. Students should work with an advisor, counselor, or LAWS Instructor when selecting courses and designing a plan that meets their career development goals.

Degrees & Certificates Offered

Career Certificate:


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Students may use the Litigation Specialist Career Certificate as a pathway to further their Legal Studies education in completion of the following Certificates and Degrees:

  • Explore the functions of the legal profession specific to various fields of study and industry focus.
  • Explain major issues and challenges in the legal environment.
  • Create a professional development plan focused on identified legal areas of interest.
  • Apply core concepts of the foundational legal disciplines based on selected course work.
  • Understand and draft legal documents in various professional contexts.
  • Understand the practical application and role of law as it applies to business and the community.

Courses Offered:

Students select a total of 6 courses (27.0 credits) from two or three of the three listed areas below:

  1. Business Law
    1. REES 1100: Real Estate Law
    2. LAWS 2323: Labor & Employment Law
    3. LAWS 2325 - Bankruptcy, Credit and Collections Law
    4. LAWS 2421: Insurance Law
    5. LAWS 2422: Law of Corporations
    6. LAWS 2424 - Contract Law
  2. Litigation
    1. LAWS 1110: Litigation
    2. LAWS 2320: Torts
    3. LAWS 2322: Family Law
    4. LAWS 2324: Criminal Law and Procedures
    5. LAWS 2326: Evidence and Discovery
    6. LAWS 2420: Wills, Trusts & Estates
  3. Immigration Law
    1. LAWS 1501: Immigration Regulatory Agencies
    2. LAWS 1503: Immigration and Families
    3. LAWS 1505 - Inadmissibility, Removal and Immigration Advocacy
    4. LAWS 1509: Ethics, Immigration Advocacy & Compliance
    5. LAWS 2327: Immigration Law

The following LAWS courses may not be utilized for this Career Certificate: LAWS 1000, 1100, 1101, 1111, 1230, 1581, 2240, 2900, 2940, 2981.

For More Information Contact

Sherman Willis
J.D., B.A., RICP®, Licensed Insurance Agent - Nebraska and Iowa
Business Area Division Coordinator | Law/Insurance Instructor
MCC Sarpy Center | (531) 622-3832

Academic Focus Area (AFA) Community & Human Services

Associate in Applied Science: Legal Studies - Paralegal and Legal Studies
Paralegal Accelerated Certificate of Achievement

American BAR Association - ABA Approved