Paralegal Administrative Support Specialization

Award

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology (with a specialization in Paralegal Administrative Support)

Length

Four-Semester (Two-Year) Program

Purpose

This curriculum is designed to provide specialized administrative support technology education in the legal field. It is recommended for students interested in a professional career as a legal assistant to an attorney or judge; assistant in a legal office of a corporation, university, insurance company; or for employment with municipal, state and federal government agencies. In addition, the Paralegal Administrative Support Specialization offers basic skills training and advanced training complementary to the information systems demands of the electronic office. This program includes training in word processing, microcomputer usage, and human relations.

Occupational Objectives

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Administrative Support Technology with a specialization in Paralegal Administrative Support requires English prerequisites as described in the college catalog. Additionally, students should have command of the fundamental processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.

Program Requirements

The two-year program combines instruction in the many subject areas required for competence as a paralegal office assistant, legal transcriptionist, legal records clerk, or legal research assistant. Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in administrative support technology with the remaining courses in related subjects, general education, and elective credits. Students are advised to consult with their faculty advisor to plan their program and to select electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester curriculum, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Administrative Support Technology with a specialization in Paralegal Administrative Support.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

 

FIRST SEMESTER (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 101 Keyboarding I 3
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills 3
ENG111 College Composition I 3
LGL 110 Intro. to Law & the Legal Assistant 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
16

SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3
AST 141 Word Processing I (Word) 3
AST 137 Records Management 3
ENG 116 Writing for Business 3
LGL 117 Family Law 3
LGL 130 Law Office Administration & Management 3
18

THIRD SEMESTER (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 142 Word Processing II (Word) 3
AST 232 Microcomputer Office Applications 3
CST 137 Oral Interpretation (or CST 100 & Humanities/Fine Arts2) 3
LGL 127 Legal Research and Writing 3
___ ___ AST/BUS/LGL Elective 3
___ ___ Social Science Elective1 3
18

FOURTH SEMESTER (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I 3
LGL 216 Trial Preparation & Discovery Practice 3
___ ___ Health or Physical Education 1
___ ___ Social Science Elective1 3
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  Total Minimum Credits 65
Footnote:
1Students may choose from college approved Social Science electives.
2Students may choose from college approved Humanities/Fine Arts electives.