I.     Course Prefix/Number: PAR 250

       Course Name: Practicum

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 15 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

PAR 101, PAR 110, PAR 113 and a PAR elective course with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides supervised experience in a legal setting to enhance students' technical paralegal skills. Also included is a one-hour weekly seminar devoted to paralegal issues.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. demonstrate an ability to procure a position as an intern in a legal setting (submit an Office Information Form to the instructor indicating where the student will be serving his/her internship).
  2. demonstrate an understanding of a resume and cover letter and the ability to create each (submit a completed resume and cover letter and review the same with the instructor).
  3. demonstrate the ability to perform various law related tasks in a timely and efficient manner (present a daily journal of the internship to the instructor for review at midterm and at the end of the semester; submit a midterm evaluation and a final evaluation of the internship from the supervising attorney/paralegal to the instructor).
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the role of a paralegal in a legal setting (student's daily journal, class discussions).
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the ABA Model Code of Ethics, the NFPA Model Code of Ethics, NALA's Code of Ethics, and the Illinois Code of Paralegal Ethics (classroom discussion and assignments)

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Developed by the instructor in conjunction with student input and minimum requirements

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Research
  4. Problem solving

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading Assignments
  2. Writing Assignments

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Wagner. How to Land Your First Paralegal Job, 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2005.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Journal
  2. Weekly papers
  3. Completed internship projects

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.