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Paralegal Studies Degree


Award

Associate in 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

Legal Secretary.
Paralegal and Legal Assistant.
Legal Support Worker.
Law Clerk.
Title Examiner and Abstractor.
Receptionist and Information Clerk.
Office Clerk.
Office and Administrative Support Worker.
Title Searcher.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Paralegal Studies 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 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 in 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)
CatalogCourse TitleCredits

ENG

111

College Composition

3

LGL

110

Intro to Law and 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

_____

_____

Health or PE

1

Total Credits 17

SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)
CatalogCourse TitleCredits

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 PE

1

Total Credits 16

THIRD SEMESTER (Fall)
CatalogCourse TitleCredits

AST

142

Word Processing II (Word)

3

AST

232

Microcomputer Office Applications

3

LGL

127

Legal Research/Writing

3

LGL

218

Criminal Law

3

_____

_____

AST/BUS/LGL Elective3

3

_____ _____ Social Science Elective1 3
Total Credits 18

FOURTH SEMESTER (Spring)
CatalogCourse TitleCredits

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

3

Total Credits 15

Total Minimum Credits
66

Footnotes:

1Students may choose from college approved Social Science electives on page 55.
2Students may choose from college approved Humanities/Fine Arts electives on page 55.
3LGL 235 recommended