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PARL: Paralegal Studies: Home

This guide will help you locate and use legal resources owned by the Paul & Harriett Mack Library at Northampton Community College.


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Library Resources for Paralegal Studies

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This Research Guide will help you to locate and use Library resources for NCC's Paralegal Studies program, including books, periodicals, online subscription databases and websites.

Program Description

The curriculum of NCC's Paralegal program provides students with the practical skills, knowledge, and values necessary to become effective members of a legal team. Most of the legal specialty courses are taught by attorneys, and focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to function successfully in today's job market. Students learn the ethical rules and standards of practice, and develop a framework for resolving ethical dilemmas while maintaining client confidentiality. An internship in a professional office also provides practical experience.

Legal Issues in the News

Recent events have highlighted issues related to the U.S. Constitution and other aspects of federal law. Please visit the Library's research guide for the American Constitutional Law course (POLS 105G) for more information on the following topics.

  • Abortion: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade
  • Classified documents: Former president Donald Trump is indicted
  • U.S. Supreme Court makes major decisions regarding affirmative action in college admissions, student loan forgiveness, and freedom of speech and religion involving discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.

NEW books in the NCC Library collection!

It's easy to borrow books with LIBRARY to GO!

Good news!

Even though both NCC Libraries are open again, you can still borrow books and other materials remotely by using our Library to Go service. You can choose quick pickup on campus, or free delivery to your home.

Use Library to Go PLUS to request:

  • Access to materials that your instructor has put on electronic reserve in Blackboard;
  • Scanned pages from reference books like encyclopedias;
  • Scanned articles from print journals in the Library's Periodicals Tower.

Meet Your Librarian

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Anne Bittner
Mack Library
Northampton Community College
College Center, 4th Floor
Subjects: Business, Paralegal

Prepared By

This Research Guide was updated on May 9, 2024 by Anne Bittner.