Paralegal Studies Degree

Award

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Length

Four-Semester (Two-Year) Program

Purpose

This curriculum is designed to provide an individual with a sufficient level of knowledge, understanding, and proficiency to perform tasks in meeting the needs of clients that can be performed by a training paraprofessional working under the direction and supervision of a lawyer. A paralegal will have a basic understanding of the general process of American law and will have the knowledge and proficiency to perform specific tasks under the supervision of a lawyer in the fields of criminal and civil law.

Occupational Objectives

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Paralegal Studies required 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 Paralegal Studies degree combines instruction in many subject areas required for competence as a legal assistant/paralegal. The curriculum will include
30 hours of legal courses with the remaining courses in related subjects, general education, and elective credits. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester curriculum, students will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies.
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
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
LGL 110 Intro. to Law & the Legal Assistant 3
LGL 115 Real Estate Law for Legal Assistants 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
___ ___ Social Science Elective1 3
16

SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 141 Word Processing I (Word) 3
ENG 116 Writing for Business 3
LGL 117 Family Law 3
LGL 130 Law Office Administration & Management 3
LGL 228 Real Estate Settlement Practicum 3
___ ___ Health or Physical Education 1
16

THIRD SEMESTER (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 142 Word Processing II (Word) 3
AST 232 Microcomputer Office Applications 3
LGL 127 Legal Research and Writing 3
LGL 218 Criminal Law 3
___ ___ AST/BUS/LGL Elective3 3
___ ___ Social Science Elective1 3
18

FOURTH SEMESTER (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I 3
LGL 215 Torts 3
LGL 216 Trial Preparation & Discovery Practice 3
LGL 225 Estate Planning & Probate 3
CST 137 Oral Interpretation (or CST 100 & Humanities/Fine Arts2) 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.
3LGL 235 recommended.